Waupun Correctional Institution has a COVID-19 outbreak of nearly 390 active cases. Credit: State Journal Archives
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As Wisconsin continues to set records for new cases and deaths from COVID-19, the pandemic is reaching the highest levels of state government. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the offices of both Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, have seen infections among legislative staff. The Journal Sentinel reports that the Legislature’s two top leaders “have not disclosed how many or which lawmakers have contracted COVID-19, nor have they answered questions about contact tracing efforts — including whether anyone worked at the state Capitol after they were exposed to the virus.”

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Quotable

“The service industry needs help. We need your help or we’re not going to survive this winter.” 

— Madison bartender Amy Moreland, speaking to WPR as part of the WPR/Wisconsin Watch Outbreak Wisconsin series.

“We’re tired of listening to the president tell Americans that COVID-19 is disappearing when we’re seeing record numbers … We’re frustrated because President Trump isn’t taking COVID-19 seriously.”

— Milwaukee neurologist Dr. Ann Helms asking Trump to forego his campaign rally Tuesday in West Salem, as quoted in the La Crosse Tribune.

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Data to note

As the United States set a record for highest seven-day average in new COVID-19 cases, Wisconsin hit record-high numbers for cases and deaths on Tuesday. The state Department of Health Services announced another 64 deaths and a record-smashing 5,262 new cases from the pandemic — 671 cases higher than Wisconsin’s previous one-day record.

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