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Today we highlight the first installment of our new collaboration with WPR: Outbreak Wisconsin, which will closely follow Wisconsin residents as they navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic. The first Wisconsinite we’re following: Mariah Clark, who is an emergency nurse and much more. 

We also highlight a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about families who say they have not heard from Milwaukee health officials after being exposed to coronavirus, raising questions about the city’s contact tracing efforts. Public health experts have called strong contact tracing a key ingredient needed for Wisconsin to eventually restart public life after its pandemic-induced shutdown.

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Outbreak Wisconsin follows residents as they navigate life during the coronavirus pandemicWisconsin Watch

Introducing Mariah Clark: Blacksmith, tall-ship sailor and emergency room nurseWisconsin Watch 

‘Nobody is connecting the dots.’ Milwaukee COVID-19 victims say they never heard from city Health DepartmentMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

19 spring election voters, poll workers contract COVID-19 coronavirus; ties to election uncertainWisconsin State Journal 

Wisconsin stay-at-home order protesters vow to rally without permitWisconsin State Journal 

State reports more than 400 COVID-19 cases in long-term care, group facilitiesWPR 

Officials confirm 17 COVID-19 cases at Grant County long-term-care facilityTelegraph Herald

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“But there’s no magic elixir or Hogwarts spell. Unfortunately, we can’t simply wave a wand and conjure effective therapies and a vaccine. Instead, we all have to work together, to stretch our health care resources as far as they will go while buying time for scientists to search for a cure. Social distancing has caused severe economic pain, both for individuals and nationwide, but for now, ‘safer at home’ policies are the only potion we have in the fight against COVID-19.”

Aaron Olver, managing director of University Research Park in Madison, writing for the Appleton Post-Crescent about his experience surviving H1N1 in 2009.

Data to note

Brown County reported 511 COVID-19 cases Thursday, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported — including 267 cases from three meat processing facilities. 

At least 2,200 workers at 48 U.S. meatpacking plants have been diagnosed with the virus, according to a Wednesday report by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA Today. “And it could get worse. More than 150 of America’s largest meat processing plants operate in counties where the rate of coronavirus infection is already among the nation’s highest,” the news outlets reported.

Resilient Wisconsin

People helping others and showing resilience during this time of anxiety. Send suggestions by tagging us on social media — @wisconsinwatch — or emailing us:

Community Heroes: How one family is using their tailoring skills to make free masks for the communityMilwaukee Neighborhood News Service 

Dating during the coronavirus pandemic? How does that even work? Take this surveyUSA Today Network-Wisconsin

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