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In Wisconsin, even small gatherings this holiday season can carry a big risk of contracting coronavirus, according to a new nationwide tool that estimates the danger by the size of gathering and where it is held. WPR’s Rob Mentzer found that in Marathon County, for example, there is a 97% chance that a gathering of 50 people would include at least one person with COVID-19. “It’s a way of empowering people to make decisions that are informed by data, and start to think about what levels of risk are acceptable to them,” said Mallory Harris, a Stanford University doctoral student who worked on the project.
Wisconsin Supreme Court hears arguments as it decides fate of Evers’ COVID-19 policies — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2nd virus vaccine shows striking success in US tests — Associated Press
Rock County reinstates Phase One COVID-19 restrictions as cases rise — Wisconsin State Journal
Different virus responses — The New York Times (The Morning newsletter)
Midwest schools scramble as COVID-19 surge sweeps region — Lee Enterprises
Data to note
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‘Unprecedented’ pace of COVID-19 drug development pushing Madison companies to expand — Wisconsin State Journal
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