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Wisconsin residents could easily feel overwhelmed by the clutter of conflicting information about COVID-19, particularly as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers seeks to defend his Safer at Home order against Republican attacks that it goes too far.
Today we highlight a story by reporter Howard Hardee, written for Wisconsin Watch, investigating how some advocacy groups are omitting key context about COVID-19 projections in efforts to persuade the public to their side.
Inside the conservative networks backing anti-quarantine protests — Washington Post
JBS plant in Green Bay linked to 147 coronavirus cases as meatpacking outbreaks continue to spread — Green Bay Press-Gazette
Survey: 35% of Wisconsin businesses could close permanently if shutdown continues for 3 months — Wisconsin State Journal
Two weeks after election, COVID-19 cases have not spiked in Wisconsin but experts urge caution about conclusions — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Data to note
Despite pockets of unrest and legal battles over stay-at-home orders in Wisconsin and elsewhere, the vast majority of Americans back the restrictions, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey released Wednesday. The survey estimated that 61% of Americans considered government steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 “about right,” 26% believe the limits “don’t go far enough” while just 12% of respondents said they went “too far.”
The survey of 1,057 U.S. adults carried a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points.
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