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More than 200 inmates at Waupun Correctional Institution have tested positive for COVID-19 after the Wisconsin National Guard tested 1,500 people at the prison, 1,181 of them inmates. The diagnoses represented 35% of about 600 results reported so far, Gina Barton reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The results come as criminal justice reform advocates call on Gov. Tony Evers to cut populations at the state’s overcrowded prisons to protect vulnerable inmates. But as Wisconsin Watch reported last week, Evers refuses to wield his power to release inmates despite campaigning on a promise to cut prison populations by 50%.

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“It’s like they’re picking and choosing who’s going to make money and who’s not.”

Samantha Ritchie, owner of Anna’s Tap in Milwaukee, which doesn’t sell food so has remained closed under the city’s order during the pandemic, as quoted by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

“Even if you’re healthy and strong, you now need to be willing to endure the inconvenience of social isolation because you could be carrying a virus that threatens the life of one of your more vulnerable friends and neighbors.”

Bret Bicoy, president and CEO of the Door County Community Foundation, as quoted by the Door County Pulse.

Data to note

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 733 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began, as the state continues to expand testing. The new cases accounted for 5.4% of all test results reported Friday, a percentage in line with what Wisconsin saw most of the week.   

DHS reported 18 new deaths Friday, pushing the state’s total to 568 during the pandemic. 

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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