Mariah Clark is an emergency room nurse at Madison's UW-Hospital who has been treating patients with COVID-19. Courtesy of Mariah Clark
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Today we highlight the latest installment of our Outbreak Wisconsin collaboration with WPR. 

Bram Sable-Smith has followed Mariah Clark, a UW Health emergency department nurse, throughout a pandemic filled with anxiety and loss. But this month she reflected on a moment of hope; On Dec. 17, Clark joined health care colleagues in receiving a first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. 

“I hope this helps us return to something resembling the normalcy we knew before,” she said.

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Mariah Clark is an emergency room nurse at Madison’s UW-Hospital who has been treating patients with COVID-19. Courtesy of Mariah Clark

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“I think we actually turned that around a little bit. …I think there’s more people wearing a mask now than ever before. I think there’s more people kind of camping out at home more often than they have been before. And we’re in a position now where we can begin to vaccinate people and kind of end this mess.”

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, speaking to WPR

Data to note

WisContext offers these visualizations of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths. New documented COVID-19 infections and test-positivity rates have continued to decline from a pre-Thanksgiving peak. The state is also seeing fewer COVID-19 patients hospitalized since mid-November, now hovering at mid-October levels.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday reported a seven-day average of 41 new COVID-19 deaths each day. Wisconsin’s total pandemic death toll is 4,711, according to DHS data.

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