A long year ahead in the coronavirus era — 4/20/20

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

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As Wisconsin and other states consider when and how to relax shutdowns aimed at slowing the coronavirus, we highlight The New York Times’ sweeping look at what more than 20 experts expect in the year ahead. 

“Until a vaccine or another protective measure emerges, there is no scenario, epidemiologists agreed, in which it is safe for that many people to suddenly come out of hiding. If Americans pour back out in force, all will appear quiet for perhaps three weeks. Then the emergency rooms will get busy again,” reports Donald G. McNeil Jr.

Top stories

Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Protesters gather at the Wisconsin State Capitol Sunday to urge Gov. Tony Evers to consider changing course on his order to stay at home.

The Coronavirus in America: The Year AheadThe New York Times

Death toll and coronavirus cases continue to rise in Wisconsin as more push back against stay-at-home orderMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Pro-gun activists using Facebook groups to push anti-quarantine protests in Wisconsin and around the countryThe Washington Post 

Demand for food assistance doubles in Wisconsin amid coronavirus economic slumpWPR 

Coronavirus solution: Appleton-based Boldt, with Tweet/Garot and Faith Technologies, builds mobile critical care unitsGreen Bay Press-Gazette

After 32 years together, a final goodbye over the telephoneKenosha News 

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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 Wisconsin State Journal reporters 


Madison native Janeane Humphrey, a physician assistant in New Rochelle, New York posted this on Facebook:

Data to note

Even as state health officials express optimism that Wisconsin is flattening its coronavirus curve — seeing a slowdown in new cases statewide — some pockets of the state continue to see surges. 

Diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Brown County more than quintupled from April 7 through Sunday, state Department of Health Services data show. Positive tests jumped from 41 to 215 over that stretch. Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were set to arrive in Brown County over the weekend to investigate the prodigious spike in cases, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Friday. 

The county recorded one death from COVID-19 through Sunday, and 1,195 people had tested negative for the virus. 

Resilient Wisconsin

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Kindness can’t be quarantined: Little Free Libraries now used to provide essential items during pandemicMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Door County guitarist plays morning music on Facebook during COVID-19 crisisGreen Bay Press-Gazette 

Music students find ways to play while COVID-19 shuts down schoolsWPR 

Stuck at home, people turn to pet adoptions for companionship during COVID-19 pandemicWisconsin State Journal 

From Madison artist Ray Mawst:

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This too shall pass! —- Please help spread this message by sharing this post! —- Check out this mural at 4509 Monona Drive. —- Aaaah! It’s hard to stay optimistic in such a messed up time, but we’ve got to. Right? —- Stoked to be able to paint this mural on Monona Drive this week! Big thanks to @bkpickandroll and @girwin82 for help drafting and painting this beast! And huuuuuge thanks to James at @momentumartmadcity for helping make painting this wall possible. James and the Momentum crew have an incredibly positive influence on the community by advocating for street art. Thanks so much for the opportunity to spread a message of hope and positivity! —- MUSIC CREDIT: Be the Dog by @thecavewives off their album ‘Be The Dog’ 🤘😃❤️

A post shared by Ray Mawst Lettering & Design (@raymawst) on Apr 19, 2020 at 5:46pm PDT


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