Today we highlight a story by Cary Spivak and Mary Spicuzza of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They report on Gov. Tony Evers’ order to halt evictions and home foreclosures during a time when Wisconsinites have been ordered to mostly stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Wisconsin Watch’s reporters and editors are investigating state and local impacts of the global pandemic and issues related to quality of life in Wisconsin. This page groups together all our original reporting, as well as our roundups of news from around the state and nation.
Here come the frauds: From bogus vaccine kits to ‘Silver Solution,’ coronavirus cons begin
U.S. attorneys in Milwaukee and Madison and state officials ask consumers to report fraudulent cures and claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wisconsin and U.S. officials ask consumers to report COVID-19 scams
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are asking consumers to alert them to potential frauds surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Wisconsinites beware: Scammers are preying on pandemic fears — 3/26/20
Today we highlight a story by FairWarning, with additional reporting from Wisconsin Watch. FairWarning’s Alexandra Tempus, a former Wisconsin Watch intern, details how fraudsters are preying on people’s fears, anxiety and confusion to execute a range of schemes, including stealing identities and selling bogus cures.
Physician assistants say state regulations limit their pandemic response — 3/25/20
Today we highlight our latest story in collaboration with Wisconsin Public Radio. Bram Sable-Smith, a WPR fellow embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom, reports that physician assistants in the state are calling on Gov. Tony Evers to relax regulations that they say are preventing them from fully responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wisconsin physician assistants want to ‘step up’ to fight coronavirus. State regulations may be getting in the way.
Not all states have the restrictions that are sidelining some of Wisconsin’s health care workers during the pandemic.
‘Everyone has to have it’: Broadband gap leaves rural Wisconsin behind during coronavirus crisis
Wisconsin’s dearth of high-speed internet in rural areas makes virtual schooling, remote health care and working from home even more difficult.
Work, health advice, schooling from home? Not without broadband — 3/24/20
Today we highlight our latest collaboration. Peter Cameron, managing editor of The Badger Project, reports that Wisconsin’s lack of high-speed internet in rural communities is making virtual schooling, remote health care and working from home particularly difficult during the coronavirus pandemic.
What to know about Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order — 3/23/20
Today we highlight a story by Patrick Marley and Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They explain what Wisconsinites should expect from the stay-at-home order that Gov. Tony Evers announced he would issue Tuesday to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Wisconsin nurses prepare for coronavirus “storm” — 3/20/20
Today we highlight our detailed look at how Wisconsin’s hospitals are preparing for an expected flood of COVID-19 patients. Parker Schorr of the Cap Times and Bram Sable-Smith of Wisconsin Public Radio — both fellows embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom — report that the pandemic is testing health systems that were already running lean. Hospitals expect to run short on beds, protective gear and staff, though some see reason for hope.
Barred from clinic during the pandemic, nursing students find a way to help
The fast-spreading coronavirus has forced the UW-Madison nursing school to move all learning online, ending students’ interactions with real patients at a time when hospitals need more help than ever.
Stretched thin already, Wisconsin nurses prepare for coronavirus ‘storm’
The pandemic tests health systems already running lean. Hospitals are short on beds, protective gear and staff, though some see reason for hope.