Mike Kepler, son of Wilford and Mary Kepler, at his home in Madison. Credit: Angela Major / WPR
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Today we highlight a story by WPR’s Rachael Vasquez, in collaboration with Wisconsin Life. She profiles Mary and Wilford Kepler of Wauwatosa. They both contracted COVID-19 in April and died hours apart — in the same hospital room, with their beds pushed together. That ended a 74-year marriage that began when Wilford returned from serving in the Navy during World War II.

As Wisconsin eclipses 1,000 deaths during the pandemic, WPR and Wisconsin Life are profiling several residents on that list.

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Mike Kepler, son of Wilford and Mary Kepler, at his home in Madison. Credit: Angela Major / WPR

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Quotable

“We are living in a real-time, horror-show version of people acting against their self-interest and against the larger interest of society in part because the information being presented by government leaders about COVID-19 is confusing, gap-filled and sometimes contradictory.”

William Heisel, director of global services at Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, writing for the Center for Health Journalism 

Data to note

Here are the latest visualizations of COVID-19 cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.

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