Jack Sosnowski, owner of Buck & Badger Northwoods Lodge on State Street, measures his tables to be at least 6 feet apart on Tuesday, May 26. Merchants across Dane County were allowed to reopen Tuesday at 25% capacity and with other restrictions mandated under the health department's reopening plan, Forward Dane. Steve Apps / Wisconsin State Journal
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The COVID-19 pandemic has added financial burdens to renters statewide, and housing advocates now expect a wave of evictions following the expiration of Gov. Tony Evers’ temporary ban on evictions and home foreclosures, reports Allison Dikanovic, Wisconsin Watch’s engagement reporting fellow. 

More than three dozen people have sought housing information through News414, Wisconsin Watch’s news-by-text partnership with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and Outlier Media. Those include renters who are struggling to come up with the cash they owe their landlords, renters who report being charged illegal late fees and renters due in court next month to face eviction cases.  

Dikanovic explains how people who are at risk of eviction can navigate the legal process.

As the state Department of Workforce Development struggles to get unemployment checks to hundreds of thousands of laid-off workers, Legal Action attorney Chris Donahoe said Wisconsin could see as many as 40,000 households fall behind on rent in June, Chris Rickert reports for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Jack Sosnowski, owner of Buck & Badger Northwoods Lodge on State Street, measures his tables to be at least 6 feet apart on Tuesday, May 26. Merchants across Dane County were allowed to reopen Tuesday at 25% capacity and with other restrictions mandated under the health department’s reopening plan, Forward Dane. Steve Apps / Wisconsin State Journal

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“This is sort of the scenario that public health was afraid of…If you have one bartender that maybe came in touch with 300 people on a night shift, those are 300 people that we would like to contact trace. It is very difficult, obviously, to be able to get a list of all 300 people that visited that particular establishment that night.”

Kenosha County Health Officer Jen Freiheit to the Kenosha News after seven food and beverage servers tested positive for COVID-19. The county did not immediately release the names of the establishments.

Data to note

Here’s a look at the latest trends in COVID-19 diagnoses from our partners at WisContext. Daily cases remain high, but the percentage of positive cases is generally trending downward.

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