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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.
‘Nobody is connecting the dots.’ Milwaukee COVID-19 victims say they never heard from city Health Department — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
19 spring election voters, poll workers contract COVID-19 coronavirus; ties to election uncertain — Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin stay-at-home order protesters vow to rally without permit — Wisconsin State Journal
Officials confirm 17 COVID-19 cases at Grant County long-term-care facility — Telegraph Herald
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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.
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Community Heroes: How one family is using their tailoring skills to make free masks for the community — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Dating during the coronavirus pandemic? How does that even work? Take this survey — USA Today Network-Wisconsin
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