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Today we highlight reporting by the Green Bay Press Gazette on conditions in Brown County, home to one of the country’s fastest growing COVID-19 hotspots, with confirmed cases doubling every 8.8 days, according to data tracking by The New York Times. Many of the cases are linked to meatpacking plants, which are fueling hotspots around the country. Reporters Nusaiba Mizan and Benita Mathew explain why plant design and intrinsically hazardous conditions make protecting workers so difficult.
In a separate story, reporters Doug Schneider and Haley BeMiller note that meatpacking plants aren’t the only source spreading the virus in Brown County. Assisted-living facilities in Ashwaubenon and Pulaski are spreading it, too, although county officials won’t say how many residents have been affected, Schneider and BeMiller report.
Why U.S. meatpacking workers are vulnerable to coronavirus, and why the industry won’t easily change — Green Bay Press Gazette
Brown County coronavirus: 11 dead, 1,500 infected, and meatpacking not only source of spread — Green Bay Press Gazette
As a small Wisconsin college closes its doors, others worry about growing COVID-19 losses — Wisconsin State Journal
State tax collections take $870 million hit as lawmakers debate reopening the economy — Wisconsin State Journal
Door County board chair reveals he had COVID-19 — Door County Pulse
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Data to note
Women and people of color disproportionately bear the burden of frontline work during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an Associated Press analysis of workforce data in 100 major U.S. cities. The analysis includes Milwaukee, where people of color make up nearly 63% of such workers, and women fill 68% of frontline roles. You can read the AP’s national analysis here, and find more detailed Milwaukee numbers using the new organization’s interactive chart. The frontline industries examined include grocery and health care sectors, building and cleaning services, social services, public transit, and delivery and warehouse jobs.
What types of businesses might be safer or more dangerous to visit as states begin gradually reopening the economy during the pandemic? It’s tough to definitively rank risk levels of restaurants, malls, gyms and other businesses, but writing for The New York Times, a group of University of Chicago professors describe how cell phone data and surveys offer a starting point for determining risk.
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Hear a baseball version of a song from ‘The Little Mermaid’ made by a Brookfield Little League coach — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin food banks were facing meat shortages. Here’s how they moved quickly to fill the gaps. — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison charter One City Schools raises $100,000 in COVID-19 relief for families — Wisconsin State Journal
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