Dr. Jorge Ramallo, who works at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, says a language barrier can make it challenging to communicate the complexities of COVID-19. Edgar Mendez / Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
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Wisconsin universities and their international students could face major dilemmas under federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidance announced this week. 

“Thousands of international students pursuing degrees at UW-Madison may be forced to leave the country, risk deportation or transfer to another institution if the university moves all of its classes online this fall in the interest of public health,” Kelly Meyerhofer reports for the Wisconsin State Journal. “…The ICE rule puts universities across the country in a no-win position: Continue in-person learning despite rising levels of coronavirus infection or lose international students, a key source of revenue for many institutions because they typically pay higher tuition rates.”

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block the guidance, according to media reports. 

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Dr. Jorge Ramallo, who works at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, says a language barrier can make it challenging to communicate the complexities of COVID-19. Edgar Mendez / Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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“I have long wished for an end to an era in which a seeming requirement of professional workplace behavior was to pretend that you either had no home life, or that there was a strict and total separation between your role as a family member and as a denizen of a workplace. Perhaps this pandemic is offering an opportunity to do away with this fiction, for the benefit of us all.”

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, writing for the Cap Times 

“Since the state Supreme Court Decision in Legislature v. Palm, it has become clear that your position is that you will not accept strong action to limit this pandemic led by the Executive Branch of state government. If that is the case, then you have a clear moral imperative to act within the Legislative Branch to prevent further illness and death among Wisconsinites.”

The Wisconsin Council of Churches in a letter to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

Data to note

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported 598 new cases of COVID-19, with 5.6% of tests returning positive. The department reported two new deaths in a pandemic that has reportedly killed 807.

Here’s the latest visualization of new cases from our partners at WisContext.

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 62 active COVID-19 investigations of nursing homes as of Wednesday, and 71 additional investigations are closed. 

In Wisconsin, just one case of a staff member or resident testing positive for COVID-19 triggers a facility-wide investigation of a nursing home. The data do not include nursing homes with fewer than 10 beds or homes where investigations are closed. 

Residents of nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Long-term care facilities, which include nursing homes and assisted living facilities, account for 4% of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases and 42% of deaths during the pandemic, according to DHS.



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