Amid pandemic, voters urged to register online by today’s deadline — 3/18/20

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

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Of note: Today we highlight a story by Riley Vetterkind of the Wisconsin State Journal. Vetterkind, a former Wisconsin Watch intern, reports that Wisconsin officials still plan to hold the state’s April 7 election — even as the coronavirus crisis has spurred other states to postpone their contests. State officials are urging residents to request absentee ballots.  

Tonight at 11:59 p.m. Central time is the deadline to register online to vote, and April 2 is the deadline for registered voters to request absentee ballots be mailed to them.

Top stories 

John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal

Election workers Danyell Franz, left, and Jean Bawden verify voters as they prepare to cast ballots.

Officials urge absentee voting as Wisconsin’s April 7 election still on — Wisconsin State Journal

Coronavirus Wisconsin: Shortages in testing supplies and blood, closures pile up Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

200 at Children’s Hospital tested for coronavirus after doctor tests positive Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Froedtert opens drive-thru testing site as concerns grow Kenosha News

Demand for toilet paper is rising, and Wisconsin’s $13 billion paper industry could thrive Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

‘Letting the staff go, that’s the hardest thing’: Coronavirus impacts bars and restaurants Green Bay Press-Gazette

Amazon boosts hiring to address coronavirus delivery demands Kenosha News

Photos: A look at how the novel coronavirus is affecting Wisconsin — Wisconsin State Journal

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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


“Maybe it takes social distancing to discover how connected we are and how much we need ONE another.”

Pardeep Singh Kaleka, executive director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

Resilient Wisconsin

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How Wisconsinites are helping each other during COVID-19 shutdowns — Wisconsin Public Radio

Marshfield Clinic and Security Health launch $400,000 community support fund — Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

All students at a Wisconsin elementary school receive free and reduced lunch. When school closures were announced, staff sprung to action. — Appleton Post-Crescent

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