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Of note: Today we highlight our detailed look at how Wisconsin’s hospitals are preparing for an expected flood of COVID-19 patients. Parker Schorr of the Cap Times and Bram Sable-Smith of Wisconsin Public Radio — both fellows embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom — report that the pandemic is testing health systems that were already running lean. Hospitals expect to run short on beds, protective gear and staff, though some see reason for hope.
Stretched thin already, Wisconsin nurses prepare for coronavirus ‘storm’ — Wisconsin Watch
Barred from clinic during the pandemic, nursing students find a way to help — Wisconsin Watch
Wisconsin clerks are running out of ballot envelopes as absentee voting surges — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The urgent battle to flatten Wisconsin’s COVID-19 curve — WisContext
Even as many businesses close to curb the spread of coronavirus, some are in need of more workers — Green Bay Press-Gazette
‘This is brutal for everybody’: Last call for corner bars? — Milwaukee Neighborhood News
Kohl’s announces it is closing all of its U.S. stores — The Journal Times
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Mariah Clark, a University of Wisconsin Hospital nurse, tweets:
My hospital has a certain route you must follow when transporting COVID-19 patients to their specific units. It is off the beaten path. You wear PPE in transit. It can feel lonely for the patient, I imagine. Scary.— Selene (@SeleneMSC) March 20, 2020
Between Monday and Thursday, these signs went up. pic.twitter.com/pBrCnxYM6i
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