Even some health care workers can’t get tested — 3/17/20

A roundup of top news and information about Wisconsin’s response to the coronavirus

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Of note: Today marks the launch of our coronavirus roundup, as we highlight a story by Rory Linnane, Matt Piper and Maria Perez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They report that even health care workers with COVID-19 symptoms — fever, coughing, and sometimes shortness of breath — have been unable to get tested. 

Top stories 

Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A person with a mask leaves the Aurora Sinai Medical Center Emergency Department in Milwaukee. A Milwaukee woman says she and her children were told to wait in a tent set up outside the ER after a medical worker suspected they could have the virus COVID-19. A doctor saw them there.

There is a shortage of coronavirus tests in Wisconsin, and even health care workers are having a hard time getting one Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin governor shuts bars and restaurants, limits gatherings to no more than 10 — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Community spread of coronavirus detected in three Wisconsin counties, confirmed cases up to 72 statewide — Appleton Post-Crescent

UW-Madison moves all classes online for rest of semester — Wisconsin State Journal 

Gov. Tony Evers answers your questions on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response — Wisconsin Public Radio

Pandemic response prompts hospitals to delay some surgeries  — Wisconsin Public Radio

Coronavirus Wisconsin: Images from around Milwaukee on Monday, March 16 — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Government updates

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Gov. Tony Evers’ office

U.S. Centers and Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization 

Live updates 

Live blog from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today-Wisconsin reporters 

Live blog from Wisconsin State Journal reporters


“We must seriously alter our behaviors if we are to flatten the curve. It is not just for the sake of protecting one’s own health.  It is about protecting the health of America’s most vulnerable population.” 

Gregg Mitman, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and expert on epidemics

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