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Today we highlight stories related to Wisconsin’s efforts to “flatten the curve” — to slow the pace of coronavirus infections before hospitals and other systems become overwhelmed. First up: Say so long for now to some of your favorite open spaces. Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday ordered 40 state parks closed, along with some forests and recreational areas. He made the move “due to unprecedented crowds, litter, vandalism and out of an abundance of caution to protect public health and safety and help flatten the curve.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has that full story. The newspaper also offers public health experts’ consensus on Tuesday’s election — that it was a “disaster” for Wisconsin’s curve-flattening quest.
Read on in this update for one scientific group’s projection of what the curve might look like in Wisconsin’s hospitals.
Evers closes 40 state parks including Devil’s Lake and Kettle Moraine State Forest — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In-person voting was likely a ‘disaster’ for Wisconsin’s efforts to flatten coronavirus curve, national experts say — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tony Evers and GOP clash over COVID-19 legislation that would empower budget committee to cut spending — Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin DOC says it doesn’t know how 3 more prisoners contracted COVID-19 — Wisconsin State Journal
Some voters turned away by a ‘do not enter without a mask’ sign at Ellington polling site — Appleton Post-Crescent
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Stats to note
COVID Act Now, a national model run by volunteer scientists, aims to predict when U.S. hospitals will become overwhelmed with patients from the pandemic under various scenarios. Here’s its latest look:
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