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Today we highlight a story by Maria Perez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
She reports that Wisconsin food processing plants have been linked to more COVID-19 infections and deaths than previously disclosed. That includes four deaths linked to the JBS Packerland plant in Green Bay.
Through an open records request, Perez found that JBS Packerland was associated with at least 417 infections — 69 more than authorities had previously reported. And 366 cases were linked to the American Foods Group plant in Green Bay — more than the 241 cases previously made public. Smithfield Foods in Cudahy has been associated with 105 infections — more than the 86 previously disclosed, Perez reports.
“The data, obtained through a public records request to Brown County, lists names of long-term care facilities, schools, restaurants, bars and other businesses linked to outbreaks or suspected outbreaks investigated by the state through June 1,” Perez reports. “The dataset represents the most detailed account of COVID-19 outbreaks in Wisconsin facilities and businesses in the early months of the pandemic.”
Meatpacking plants tied to more COVID-19 cases than known before, new business outbreak data shows — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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COVID-19 crisis spills over into Wisconsin’s nursing, veterans homes — Wisconsin State Journal
I’m a medical writer who just got vaccinated against COVID-19, maybe. You can still join the clinical trial. — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin hopes to clear unemployment backlog within weeks, as thousands await payments — Wisconsin State Journal
Data to note
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