Health care workers pass through the hallway of a COVID-19 unit Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 at University Hospital in Madison, Wis. Weary workers are asking for the public’s help in slowing coronavirus infections. That includes wearing a mask, staying home if possible and frequently washing hands. Angela Major / WPR
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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday reported zero new COVID-19 deaths statewide, leaving the state’s death toll unmoved for the second consecutive day. 

Before Sunday, Nov. 22 was the most recent day when DHS reported no new deaths.

“While #COVID19 is still here in #Wisconsin, we appreciate your efforts to #SlowTheSpread,” DHS tweeted Monday. “Please continue to #MaskUpWisconsin, keep 6′ from others, and wash your hands.” 

Wisconsin’s full COVID-19 death toll sits at 6,284. Wisconsin State Journal reporter David Wahlberg tells the stories of six of the residents we’ve lost.

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“With many Americans still afraid to go to hospitals and doctor’s offices, a second, more subtle pandemic is now looming because of the diseases that have gone undiagnosed and untreated since March 2020.”

Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, president of Howard University and a professor of surgery at Howard University School of Medicine, writing for The New York Times

Data to note

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which shows that 46.7% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 13.9% of the state’s overall population. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain significantly below that of white residents.

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed. 

WisContext offers this visualization of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections and deaths.

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Calculate your exposure risk

In Wisconsin, even small gatherings can carry a 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

Resilient Wisconsin

People helping others and showing resilience during this time of anxiety. Send suggestions by tagging us on social media — @wisconsinwatch — or emailing us:

College students and mental health counselors in Madison adapt to pandemic needs Cap Times 

A reddit user posted this message to the University of Wisconsin-Madison community: 

Thank you to whoever called an ambulance for me from r/UWMadison

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