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The COVID-19 pandemic resembles a war in many respects. Wisconsinites, like others, speak of battling the virus, and we are watching casualties pile up; At least 1,221 people have tested positive in Wisconsin as of Monday afternoon, and at least 14 have died. Today we highlight a cartoon by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Benson of Creators Syndicate. It captures the spirit of a nation at war against a virus, with health care workers fighting on the front lines. Benson writes:
Frontline protectors of our lives and well-being.
Wagers of relentless, selfless trench warfare against an insidious and deadly enemy.
They are our health care workers — putting it all on the line for us during this ravaging, relentless and spreading war against the coronavirus.
They perform their incomparable service at great risk to themselves, their families and their loved ones.
They deserve our unconditional support in doing whatever we can, and whatever we must, in order to protect those who protect us.
We also draw your attention to a story by Bram Sable-Smith, a Wisconsin Public Radio reporter embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom. He examines ways to help feed the hungry, help elderly and disabled people, house the homeless, care for children and support health care workers during the pandemic.
How Wisconsinites can help during the pandemic — Wisconsin Watch/Wisconsin Public Radio
Evers announces partnerships to double coronavirus testing — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Reading genetic sequence saved Wisconsin boy in 2009; now it may help scientists stop coronavirus — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Stats to note
That is Wisconsin’s 2020 Census self-response rate as of Monday — households who have responded so far online, by phone or by email, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It was above the national response rate of 34.7%. The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the bureau to scale back door-to-door operations, making people’s early response to mailers even more important for gaining an accurate count of communities, The Guardian reported Monday. The virus “couldn’t have snowballed at a worse time,” Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant who works on census issues with lawmakers and advocacy groups, told the news outlet.
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Opinion: Even during these dark times, we should take time to see the light — Milwaukee Neighborhood News
Social distancing, wedding edition, from our friends at the temporarily closed Isthmus newspaper in Madison:
Congrats to our editor Judy and her partner Rhonda. Friends and family gathered (not too close) to witness love. https://t.co/94ajPzqUWb— Isthmus (@isthmus) March 29, 2020
From the University of Wisconsin-Madison:
The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene’s #COVID19 virus testing team and essential workers around the world have a very important request for you:— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) March 28, 2020
“We stay at work for you. Please stay at home for us.”#SaferAtHome ????
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