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Today we highlight a POLITICO story about the devastating consequences if Congress fails to pass a fresh economic relief package in the coming months of the pandemic: Millions of jobless Americans are set to lose their unemployment benefits by the end of the year.
“The U.S. is inching closer to a Dec. 31 deadline when several key federal jobless aid programs created under the March CARES Act will be cut off entirely,” Eleanor Mueller and Rebecca Rainey report. “If the government doesn’t pass legislation, more than half of those receiving unemployment benefits — about 13.4 million people — stand to be left with no income.”
The Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled remain far apart in the negotiations, the reporters note, and President Donald Trump is sending conflicting signals about his stance ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
Wisconsin DPI records a 3% drop in public school enrollment amid COVID-19 pandemic — Wisconsin State Journal
New day, new rules: Frequent changes wear on Wisconsin restaurants, bars — Green Bay Press-Gazette
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Thursday reported the state set a daily record for new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 3,747. DHS also reported 17 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 1,553 confirmed COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic.
The state’s rate of total positive tests continues to spike as the virus keeps spreading, with a seven-day average at 10.6% as of Thursday.
Here are visualizations of trends in cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.
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