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Researchers expect Wisconsin hospitals to hit peak demands within the next few weeks of the pandemic. Today we highlight Parker Schorr’s deep dive inside a Madison COVID-19 ward. Schorr, a Cap Times fellow embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom, interviewed three ICU nurses who described being overwhelmed by anxiety while running short on protective gear. But they also saw reasons for hope.
Madison nurses experience desperation and ‘bright spots of light’ in COVID-19 hospital ward — The Cap Times/Wisconsin Watch
Many absentee ballots were not postmarked, putting votes at risk of not being counted — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
COVID-19 testing capacity growing in Wisconsin, but some patients still can’t get tested — Wisconsin State Journal
ACLU files lawsuit calling for release of elderly and vulnerable prisoners in Wisconsin — Wisconsin State Journal
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Stats to note
A significant portion of Wisconsin hospitals — more than half in some cases — have no more than a week’s worth of certain types of protective gear for staff, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center. The center produced this dashboard in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
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Here’s how to volunteer with the state to help COVID-19 patients — Journal Times
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