A state audit faults the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for how it awarded grants and ventilators to health care providers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New data trace COVID-19 cases, deaths at Wisconsin food production facilities
Many Midwest states didn’t track COVID-19 cases by industry and date. But Wisconsin data show how long food production employees dealt with the virus during the pandemic.
State of Wisconsin ends free in-person COVID-19 testing
But free at-home tests remain available through “Say Yes! Covid Test” and the federal government.
What to know about medical costs in Wisconsin as federal public health emergency ends
The federal public health emergency is a key COVID-19 pandemic tool. It is scheduled to end on May 11.
Tired of turmoil, Kiel residents rebuke far-right school officials
Seven months after a transgender bullying investigation spurred bomb threats, moderates regain control of the school board in Kiel, Wisconsin.
Although free and available, few young children in Milwaukee are getting COVID-19 boosters
Experts cite COVID fatigue, parental skepticism and structural barriers in explaining low rates of vaccination.
Did Ron Johnson say that he has ‘always been a supporter of big pharma?’
Yes. Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said, “I’ve always been a big supporter of big pharma … I’m all for the profit motive, the development of new drugs.”
Workers, employers struggle as Long COVID sidelines thousands of Wisconsinites
Federal government assistance for paid time off due to COVID-19 has ended, but some employers accommodate ailing workers amid a lingering labor shortage
Will the end of pandemic-related unemployment benefits ease Wisconsin’s worker shortage?
This $300 a week in enhanced benefits has been a lifeline for many left jobless by COVID-19, but it has become the source of a hot partisan debate.
FEMA offers generous funeral aid to those grieving COVID-19 deaths. Getting it isn’t easy.
Applicants complain of confusing bureaucracy and long waits as the agency handles thousands of applications over the phone. A Milwaukee woman details her struggle to connect.
Wisconsin Watch halts COVID-19 Update newsletter, for now — 6/14/21
Today we lead with a programming note: This is Wisconsin Watch’s last daily COVID-19 Update, at least for now. As increased vaccinations allow more Wisconsinites to emerge from more than a year of isolation, fewer people are seeking daily updates on COVID-19’s casualties and how to navigate pandemic life.
High court strikes down Dane County school-closing order — 6/11/21
The Wisconsin State Journal’s Chris Rickert reports on the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision Friday that overturned a Dane County health order that closed schools to contain the spread of COVID-19.