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Today we highlight our latest story by reporter Parker Schorr. He found that Wisconsin’s rural hospitals are faring better than most around the country, thanks to generally stronger underlying financial health and the infusion of $2.8 billion in federal pandemic relief grants and loans. But warning signs remain as Wisconsin has become a center of the COVID-19 crisis, leading to record hospitalizations. And many rural hospitals across the state continue to operate in the red.
On Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported yet another daily record for new confirmed COVID-19 cases: 3,861. DHS also reported 21 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 1,547 confirmed COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic.
Wisconsin’s rural hospitals weather pandemic better than most, but warning signs remain — Wisconsin Watch
Wisconsin breaks record for virus cases third time in week — Associated Press
Latest White House task force report on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 surge depicts ‘extreme concern,’ says situation ‘can continue to worsen’ — Appleton Post-Crescent
27 residents, 10 staff members contract COVID-19 at King Veterans Home since Friday — Wisconsin State Journal
After Friday, Wisconsin may not report new COVID-19 cases and deaths again until Tuesday because of system updates — Sheboygan Press
A Froedtert Hospital inpatient rehab unit has a COVID-19 outbreak that has sickened patients and staff — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
COVID-19 on the rise at Kenosha County long-term care facilities — Kenosha News
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow tests positive for COVID-19 — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
White House puts ‘politicals’ at CDC to try to control info — Associated Press
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Data to note
Wisconsin continues to set daily records for COVID-19 hospitalizations as the state fails to control the coronavirus. The Wisconsin Hospital Association on Friday reported 1,101 patients with COVID-19 — up from 1,043 a day earlier.
Here are the latest trends from WHA’s dashboard.
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Menomonee Valley businesses carry on despite the pandemic — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
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