Nathan Meronek, left, of Stevens Point, gets a tattoo Tuesday of a snake and dagger on his arm by tattoo artist Quinn Campbell at Isthmus Tattoo and Social Club on State Street. Amber Arnold / Wisconsin State Journal
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As Wisconsin counties begin to ease their lockdown restrictions — and the United States passed the 100,000-death mark — the state on Wednesday saw its biggest one-day jump in COVID-19 deaths, cases and tests, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported. And testing at Waupun Correctional Institution confirms the virus is spreading through Wisconsin’s overcrowded prison system. The number of infected inmates ballooned this week as the Wisconsin National Guard began testing thousands of prisoners.

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“One day when I was a teen, my mom and I were looking for my grandfather’s grave. I asked her what he died from, and why he died so young. She told me he died in 1918 from a very bad virus that was worldwide.”

Fox Lake resident Bridget Haima, 79, speaking to the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, recalling the Spanish flu pandemic that killed 8,459 people in Wisconsin.

Data to note

RealClearPolitics is tracking the number and rate of COVID-19 deaths around the world. While the United States has by far the most deaths, its death rate per 1 million people remains below much of Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Italy. 

Ballotpedia has a tracker of its own: Public officials and candidates on the local, state and federal level who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are quarantining because of exposure to the coronavirus. Among the 185 and counting is Wisconsin state Rep. David Bowen, D-Milwaukee, who has recovered from COVID-19. 

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