Having just opened her bakery business in November 2018, Confectionately Yours, Adija Greer-Smith was prepared for a lot of things to go wrong, but didn’t anticipate a pandemic.
Category: Outbreak Wisconsin
This collaborative series, in partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio, chronicles a variety of Wisconsin residents as they navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic — exposing failing systems and exploring solutions along the way.
‘I cried for days’: Wisconsin blocks pandemic payments for federal disability aid recipients
A 2013 Wisconsin law prevents laid-off workers on federal disability from getting state unemployment. Now the state is denying them federal pandemic aid too.
Introducing dairy farmer Bryan Voegeli: ‘Our Family Has Been Through A Lot’
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.”
‘This pandemic has yet to declare itself’: ER nurse reflects on the fight against coronavirus as the state prepares to open
In this audio diary nurse Mariah Clark reflects on her experience treating COVID-19 patients at UW Hospital. “Right now I feel we’re having an effect. There’s a good fighting chance.”
‘Day 54 and finally some financial relief’: Madison Bartender Amy Moreland on waiting for federal unemployment aid
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.
Introducing Amy Moreland: Madison bartender
Prior to the pandemic, Moreland’s life was moving forward. Now she’s unemployed and scared of the unknown.
Introducing Mariah Clark: Blacksmith, tall-ship sailor and emergency room nurse
“Today, I had my first friend die of COVID.” Clark reflects on losing a fellow blacksmith while on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Outbreak Wisconsin follows residents as they navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic
Outbreak Wisconsin, a collaborative project by Wisconsin Watch and WPR, is following Wisconsin residents as they navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic.