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Outbreak Wisconsin participants reflect on a life-changing year and what the future holds.
Azul Kothari feels lucky to have avoided catching COVID-19 as infections surged at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall. “I just thought I would get it through community spread at some point,” he said. “I thought it was pretty inevitable.”
With few prospects for a new service industry job, Amy Moreland enrolled at Madison College, aiming to earn a degree in social work.
Rosemary Kraemer died Oct. 14, 2020, of complications from COVID-19 at age 74. She is one of more than 4,000 Wisconsinites lost to the virus.
Before the pandemic, Amy Moreland worked as a bartender and events coordinator in Madison. “Well, that’s canceled forever, or the foreseeable future,” she joked anxiously in her latest audio diary for Outbreak Wisconsin.
Amy Moreland, a Madison bartender out of work since mid-March, has been forced to make tough decisions about money as her benefits from the federal CARES Act near expiration.
Bryan Voegeli runs a dairy farm located between New Glarus and Monticello. “In our small corner of the world we were just starting to get through one set of difficult times, and now … like everyone else we kind of got hit with another.”
Madison bartender Amy Moreland has been out of work since mid-March. “I am trying to control the things that I can control, but I’m frustrated,” she said.
Prior to the pandemic, Moreland’s life was moving forward. Now she’s unemployed and scared of the unknown.
Payday lenders in Wisconsin charge an average of 565 percent interest for short-term loans. New proposed federal rules to protect consumers will not change that.
Pattison Sand Co., which recently opened a site in Wisconsin, is facing concerns over the growth of its Iowa mine, which has a worst-in-the-nation safety record.