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Today we highlight a story by Rick Barrett of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In a dispatch from Clark County town of Loyal, he examines how Wisconsin’s dairyland communities — already ailing due to the depressed farm economy — are responding to extra challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Loyal didn’t have a single documented case of COVID-19 during the safer-at-home stretch, according to city officials. Yet the town’s economy — the taverns, the hair salons, the bakery and other shops on Main Street — took a major hit practically overnight. The schools, the American Legion hall, the churches, shut down as well,” Barrett reports. “Hundreds of towns across the state are in a similar predicament.”
‘A slow healing process’: Slammed by the dairy crisis, shuttered by the coronavirus, small towns forge ahead — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison mayor, City Council ask Dane County Sheriff to have inmates with COVID-19 get ‘proper treatment’ — Wisconsin State Journal
Person who attended Black Lives Matter protest in Stevens Point tests positive for COVID-19 — Stevens Point Journal
UW studying ‘COVID toes,’ skin condition apparently linked to COVID-19 — Wisconsin State Journal
Data to note
In a national survey on workplace retaliation during the pandemic, black workers were about twice as likely as white workers to report that they or a colleague may have been punished or fired for raising concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
The National Employment Law Project, a nonprofit that supports protections for low-wage workers and the unemployed, found that 19% of black workers, 14% of Hispanic or Latino workers and 9% of white workers answered “yes” or “maybe” to the question: “Have you or has anyone at your company been punished or fired for raising concerns about the risk of coronavirus spreading at the workplace?”
“Unfortunately, workplace retaliation during the pandemic is not as uncommon as you might think,” Irene Tung, senior researcher and policy analyst with NELP and lead author of the study, said in a statement. “Our survey shows two parallel dynamics are at play: vocal workers are being punished, and other workers are staying quiet to avoid job repercussions.”
See the full survey results here.
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