Door County, health care workforce, medical debt lawsuits, F-35 challenge, newspaper woes
Of note: This week we highlight our latest stories about Wisconsin in the coronavirus era — again in collaboration with other newsrooms. With the Door County Pulse, we examined an iconic tourist destination’s calls for part-timers to stay away. We also partnered with WPR to deliver two stories: One examined Gov. Tony Evers’ far-reaching order governing the state’s health care workforce, and the other revealed that hospitals have continued to sue patients over medical debt even amid the pandemic.
We are also sharing a story by Chris Hubbuch of the Wisconsin State Journal. He updates us on a high-profile debate unfolding outside of the coronavirus crisis.
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Closing the Door: Wisconsin’s iconic tourist destination asks people to stay away — for now
Door County Pulse/Wisconsin Watch — April 2, 2020
As Door County sees its first COVID-19 cases, residents debate whether part-time residents should postpone coming back until the crisis is over.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers relaxes rules to boost health care workforce during coronavirus pandemic
WPR/Wisconsin Watch — March 27, 2020
Gov. Tony Evers issued an order relaxing a range of rules governing Wisconsin’s health care workforce — an effort to maximize the number of doctors, nurses and physician assistants available to help during the all-hands-on-deck coronavirus pandemic.
F-35 opponents challenge environmental review; DNR says National Guard not complying with pollution laws
Wisconsin State Journal — April 2, 2020
Attorneys for a group opposed to basing F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field say the Air Force’s review of environmental impacts is deficient. They are calling for additional study before a final decision is announced.
‘You’ve been served’: Wisconsin hospitals sue patients over debt — even during pandemic
WPR/Wisconsin Watch — April 1, 2020
Wisconsin hospitals have filed at least 104 lawsuits in small claims court since Gov. Tony Evers declared a Public Health Emergency on March 12.
Coronavirus pandemic deals another blow to Wisconsin’s newspapers
WPR — March 31, 2020
Local newspapers in Wisconsin are suffering as COVID-19-related business closures and event cancellations hurt their ad revenue. The country’s largest national newspaper chain, Gannett, plans to put some employees on a week of unpaid leave each month in April, May and June.
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