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Health experts early in the COVID-19 crisis feared running short of ventilators, tools that can treat the life-threatening buildup of fluid in the lungs of patients with severe cases. But Wisconsin now has plenty of ventilators, and doctors say they are trying to avoid using the equipment, reports Bram Sable-Smith, a WPR fellow embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom. Today we highlight Sable-Smith’s examination of how thinking on ventilators has evolved.
How do we safely reopen Wisconsin’s and the nation’s economy? — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Global race for COVID-19 vaccine includes Madison contenders — Wisconsin State Journal
Sixth sister at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Greenfield dies from the coronavirus — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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The Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has launched a desktop and smartphone app called COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect designed by government, business and academic experts from Wisconsin.
“It’s the first locally-designed app, allowing users to both receive and give help to others in their communities while correcting state-specific misinformation trending on social media,” the university said in a press release Monday. “In addition, free meditations by Healthy Minds Innovations allow users to stay ‘in app’ to get vital relaxation exercises.”
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Data to note
Three Wisconsin metro areas were among the country’s 15 fastest growing hotspots for confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday, according to tracking by The New York Times. They are:
- Green Bay (1,167 recent cases, cases doubling every 8.6 days)
- Janesville-Beloit (188 recent cases, cases doubling every 8.7 days)
- Racine (267 cases, cases doubling every 8.9 days)
On a statewide basis, the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests over the past 14 days has kept a relatively flat trajectory, according to Wisconsin Department of Health Services data.
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Bikes, booze, banners and board games profitable amid COVID-19 pandemic — Wisconsin State Journal
South Beloit teachers parade through community — Beloit Daily News
A reddit user details adaptation efforts at the Buckhorn Bar in the Douglas County town of Gordon.
When things like eggs and toilet paper were impossible to get, our small town bar used it’s food service delivery to set up a makeshift market. This is my Wisconsin. from r/wisconsin//embed.redditmedia.com/widgets/platform.js
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