Carlos and Sonia Avila take a break from creating a dance costume dedicated to Tlaloc, Aztec god of rain, to pose for a portrait at their home. Ruthie Hauge / Cap Times
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Today we feature a Cap Times story highlighting the resilience of Dane County’s Latino community, which is facing disproportionate harms from COVID-19. Latinos make up just 6% of the county’s population but 15% of its infections. 

“With all the coronavirus metrics moving in the wrong direction — and Wisconsin at the center — Latinos find themselves at increasing risk. But for every way that this virus and its fallout have unevenly hit Madison’s Latino community, the community has punched back,” reports Natalie Yahr, a former Wisconsin Watch intern who reports for the Cap Times. “From sharing their Spanish skills at COVID testing sites to checking up on isolated elders, from attending virtual courses in record numbers to working longer days to keep their restaurants afloat, local Latinos are proving they will fight to survive this life-threatening, life-altering era.”

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Carlos and Sonia Avila take a break from creating a dance costume dedicated to Tlaloc, Aztec god of rain, to pose for a portrait at their home. Ruthie Hauge / Cap Times

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“The reality is, December and January and February are going to be rough times… I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.”

— Dr. Robert Redfield, U.S. Centers for Disease Control director, as quoted by The New York Times

“We share the strong judgment of Wisconsin leaders that the current situation is critical and that additional measures can limit further cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The Governor’s continued efforts and communication to the public on these measures is crucial and is commended. … Short-term mitigation interventions, including restricting indoor dining and limiting or closing areas of congregation without masking, will be needed…These increased mitigation measures are a short-term sacrifice to protect the vulnerable as the U.S. bridges to the rapid vaccination of vulnerable populations over the next few months.”

— White House Coronavirus Task Force in a Nov. 22 report on Wisconsin’s pandemic response

Data to note

WisContext offers these visualizations of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths. Infections and hospitalizations have trended downward from record mid-November peaks, but experts are warning that they may soon rise again following holiday gatherings. Additionally, the state’s test-positivity rate is increasing in recent days. 

Calculate your exposure risk

In Wisconsin, even small gatherings can carry a big risk of exposure to the coronavirus, according to a nationwide tool that estimates the danger by the size of gathering and county in which it is held. Data scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University developed the tool, which you can find here.

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Locals use social media to help local organizations assist the homeless Kenosha News 

PHOTOS: Celebrating life and death in the year of COVID The Cap Times

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