Workers at a UW-Madison testing site collect nasal swab samples. Free drop-in testing is available to students and employees. John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal
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As schools begin to reopen in Wisconsin, USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports that the state Department of Health Services will not specify which schools are experiencing COVID outbreaks or the size of those outbreaks — similar to the department’s approach to businesses reporting cases.

According to the report, DHS will publish only the number of schools in the state with COVID-19 investigations, which will be triggered when two or more cases are identified. Critics say the lack of transparency could hinder community efforts to limit the virus’ spread.

By contrast, UW-Madison has launched a portal to track the spread of COVID-19 as the campus prepares to start the fall semester.

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“I think there’s a lot of people who think you get sick and then you’re better, kind of this like binary black and white thing. It’s really not like that, especially with COVID. It seems like you get sick, and then there’s this like, long journey.”

Dr. Jeff Pothof, chief quality officer at UW Health, speaking to WPR.

Data to note

Wisconsin’s largest public university, UW-Madison, has unveiled a new data dashboard to track the spread of the virus as the campus reopens to virtual and in-person instruction next week. As of Wednesday, UW-Madison was reporting 131 students and staff had tested positive for COVID-19 on and off campus. Those numbers are expected to rise as thousands of students begin to move into campus residence halls.

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