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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
“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, a collaborative project by Wisconsin Watch and WPR, is following Wisconsin residents as they navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic.