Pandemic closes Wisconsin state parks — 4/9/20

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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.

Top stories

Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A man climbs a dune at Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan on Thursday. Gov. Tony Evers ordered the closing of 40 state parks beginning Thursday night until further notice.

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

People In Wisconsin are being arrested, charged for violating stay-at-home order WPR 

Wisconsin DOC says it doesn’t know how 3 more prisoners contracted COVID-19 Wisconsin State Journal 

Wisconsin schools had more than $1.6B on Tuesday’s ballot, but results are still a ways away WPR 

Some voters turned away by a ‘do not enter without a mask’ sign at Ellington polling site 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.


“Today marks the 21st day wearing the same N95. Two weeks in the ED, numerous COVID patients, same mask. These are normally single use.”

Mariah Clark, a University of Wisconsin Hospital nurse, via Twitter.

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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As coronavirus forces Wisconsin to isolate, support groups for those in recovery have found new connections online Appleton Post-Crescent 

14 resources to help you financially weather the COVID-19 storm Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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