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Today we highlight a story from WSAW-TV in Wausau about a Wisconsin couple stranded abroad during the pandemic. For weeks the couple — who were working as teachers in Venezuela — and their family members have unsuccessfully asked various government officials to help them find a flight out of the country, Naomi Kowles reports.
Knowles tweeted an update this afternoon, reporting that Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro’s regime has denied a second repatriation attempt.
‘It’s like you’ve been abandoned’: Wisconsin couple stranded in Venezuela amid pandemic, escalating tensions — WSAW-TV
Wisconsin coronavirus cases pass 6,500 as state says over 180 outbreaks are tied to nursing homes, other facilities — Appleton Post-Crescent
Nearly 20% of inmates at Kenosha County jail facilities test positive for COVID-19 — Kenosha News
Gone but not counted: Who may be missing from Wisconsin’s coronavirus death toll? — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
34 counties in Wisconsin don’t have ICU beds; how those hospitals care for COVID patients — Channel 3000
Wisconsin suspends fees, penalties for missed rent during COVID-19 pandemic — Wisconsin State Journal
Class-action lawsuit joins growing number over business interruption insurance denials amid COVID-19 pandemic — Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin Republicans haven’t come together on a COVID-19 response plan — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Data to note
Here is the latest look, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, at the state’s progress on one of Gov. Tony Evers’ criteria for gradually reopening the economy: to have a downward trajectory over 14 days in the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests. The trend as of Thursday was slightly decreasing. Other criteria for reopening the economy relate to influenza-like illnesses, COVID-19-like symptoms, hospital capacity, total COVID-19 testing and ability to perform contact tracing. You can find more information about progress on those goals here.
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