Wisconsinites ordered to hunker down even longer — 4/16/20

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

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Gov. Tony Evers said his original March 24 “Safer at Home” order has worked to slow the spread of coronavirus, but “we aren’t out of the woods yet.” So on Thursday he extended the order until May 26. See the order here, and read additional context from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel below. 

We also highlight another important story from the Journal Sentinel and USA Today Network reporters. Wisconsin, unlike other states, refuses to disclose basic information about coronavirus diagnoses or deaths in nursing homes, making some family members of residents anxious.

Top stories

Sojourner House of Eau Claire / WPR

Sojourner House of Eau Claire, which is operated by Catholic Charities of La Crosse, has opened an additional shelter to ensure social distancing for Eau Claire’s homeless population during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tony Evers closes schools for the year, extends order to stay at home until May 26Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Wisconsin officials won’t say which nursing homes have been infected by coronavirus. For families, ‘the anxiety is enormous.’Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

State ventilator triage guidelines delayed as COVID-19 activity appears to stabilizeWisconsin State Journal

COVID-19, face masks and why more Wisconsinites are wearing themWisContext

Homeless shelters moving into ice rinks, recreation centers amid COVID-19WPR 

Wisconsin businesses still waiting on help as federal program runs dryWisconsin State Journal

Brown County coronavirus cases reach 150 in largest one-day increase yetGreen Bay Press-Gazette

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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 coverage from USA Today-Wisconsin reporters

 Live coverage from WPR reporters


“When I accepted this job as a housekeeper I didn’t ever think that it might mean I’d be signing my death certificate.”

Kathy Hintz, who cleans rooms at an Appleton hospital, quoted by WPR as frontline workers call on lawmakers to increase their protections on the job.

Stats to note

From our partners at WisContext:

Resilient Wisconsin

People helping others and showing resilience during this time of anxiety. Send suggestions by tagging us on social media — @wisconsinwatch — or emailing us: tips@wisconsinwatchmediapartners.wpcomstaging.com.

Madison businessman donates thousands of KN95 masks to Wisconsin police officersWisconsin State Journal

‘Kind of tremendous:’ Fundraiser for Milwaukee area restaurants raises more than $25KFox 6 News

‘She healed my heart’: Friend puts on concert for COVID-19 patient on front lawnWTMJ-TV 

Posted on a reddit Milwaukee forum, one way to safely hug during a pandemic:

Found a little gem walking on the eastside yesterday from r/milwaukee

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