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As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across Wisconsin, we are getting a glimpse of how many systems this pandemic can overwhelm. It is not just health care. Today we highlight a story by Rob Mentzer of Wisconsin Public Radio about the state’s unemployment insurance system. Some are calling its helpline only to hear a recording that says too many are on hold, and they will be disconnected.
‘It does work’: Mental health providers adjust to virtual care during COVID-19 pandemic — Wisconsin State Journal
The Buzz: Retail workers are furloughed by the thousands this week — Appleton Post-Crescent
Majority Of Wisconsin municipalities facing poll worker shortages amid pandemic — Wisconsin Public Radio
County fire departments changing ambulance call protocols — Kenosha News
State setting up voluntary coronavirus isolation facilities in Madison, Milwaukee — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Stats to note
At least 1,351 Wisconsinites have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday afternoon — and 16 people have died from the virus, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research center at the University of Washington, expects the peak of the epidemic to hit Wisconsin hospitals on April 27, though that is a moving target as the state takes action. See more projections here.
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Madison man’s recording of a song about a virus (yes, that one) goes viral — Wisconsin State Journal
How to help senior citizens during the coronavirus pandemic — Milwaukee Neighborhood News
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