A school bus passes Columbus School March 16, the last day of school for Appleton Area School District students. As confirmed coronavirus cases in Wisconsin continue to spike, no certain date is set for public and private schools to reopen. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
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A key refrain from government officials and public health experts has not changed: Defeat COVID-19 by staying away from each other (and wash your hands, of course). So sparsely populated Door County, with its state parks and wide-open spaces, might seem like an ideal place for a city dweller to weather the viral storm. But the early arrival of vacationers and part-time residents has sparked fierce pushback from full-time residents, Myles Dannhausen Jr., editor and co-owner of the Door County Pulse, reports in partnership with Wisconsin Watch. Some worry that the relatively old population and lack of medical facilities could make an outbreak particularly deadly.

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A school bus passes Columbus School March 16, the last day of school for Appleton Area School District students. As confirmed coronavirus cases in Wisconsin continue to spike, no certain date is set for public and private schools to reopen. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Quotable

“The relief is monumental — my chest and lungs are not constricted because of my COPD and the stress….I’m tremendously relieved and grateful and hopeful.”

Jill Ferguson, a West Allis grandmother who benefits from Gov. Tony Evers’ order temporarily banning Wisconsin landlords from evicting tenants, as quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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To whoever posted these signs outside our donor centers: Thank you, it meant a lot. from r/wisconsin
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