Desperation and hope inside a COVID-19 ward — 4/10/20

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Researchers expect Wisconsin hospitals to hit peak demands within the next few weeks of the pandemic. Today we highlight Parker Schorr’s deep dive inside a Madison COVID-19 ward. Schorr, a Cap Times fellow embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom, interviewed three ICU nurses who described being overwhelmed by anxiety while running short on protective gear. But they also saw reasons for hope.

Top stories

John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal

Lisa Wilson, a UW Health Clinic medical technologist, processes patient samples to be tested for the COVID-19 virus in UW-Health’s Molecular Diagnostic Clean Room on UW-Madison’s campus.

Madison nurses experience desperation and ‘bright spots of light’ in COVID-19 hospital ward The Cap Times/Wisconsin Watch

Some hospitals are hit hard by coronavirus patients, others are not. But officials won’t share data, leaving residents in the dark. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Through the photographer’s eye: A journey from countryside to cityscape during Wisconsin’s pandemic election Wisconsin Watch

Many absentee ballots were not postmarked, putting votes at risk of not being counted Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

COVID-19 testing capacity growing in Wisconsin, but some patients still can’t get tested Wisconsin State Journal

Police shutdown of West Bend church service a ‘misunderstanding’ WPR

ACLU files lawsuit calling for release of elderly and vulnerable prisoners in Wisconsin Wisconsin State Journal 

State officials developing guidelines for scarce medical equipment WPR

Appleton elementary students to continue relying on pencil and paper, with some new virtual components Appleton Post-Crescent 

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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 Public Radio reporters.


“To be honest, I was hurting…It seemed like every step I took I just didn’t want to do it anymore. I know it’s very important to vote and thought, I’m not going to go home. I’ve been through a lot just to get where I was.”

Liz Gordon, a Green Bay voter with a bad back and bad legs who waited three hours at the polls Tuesday. Quoted by the Green Bay Press-Citizen in a story about the struggles of older voters and those with disabilities.

Stats to note

A significant portion of Wisconsin hospitals — more than half in some cases — have no more than a week’s worth of certain types of protective gear for staff, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center. The center produced this dashboard in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center

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Here’s how to volunteer with the state to help COVID-19 patients Journal Times

Coburn Dukehart, Wisconsin Watch the digital and multimedia director, captured this image Thursday in Madison.

Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch

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