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More than 200 inmates at Waupun Correctional Institution have tested positive for COVID-19 after the Wisconsin National Guard tested 1,500 people at the prison, 1,181 of them inmates. The diagnoses represented 35% of about 600 results reported so far, Gina Barton reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The results come as criminal justice reform advocates call on Gov. Tony Evers to cut populations at the state’s overcrowded prisons to protect vulnerable inmates. But as Wisconsin Watch reported last week, Evers refuses to wield his power to release inmates despite campaigning on a promise to cut prison populations by 50%.
More than 200 inmates at Waupun Correctional Institution test positive for coronavirus — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Children’s Wisconsin hospital identifies cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
‘We’ll keep pressing’: Kenosha County health officials call for testing all Amazon workers at local facilities — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin starts to open, but rising hospitalizations and cancellations hint at an unusual summer — Green Bay Press Gazette
GOP leaders question whether struggling businesses could still face unemployment tax increase — Wisconsin State Journal
3 staff, 1 resident at Wisconsin’s 3 veterans homes test positive for COVID-19 — Appleton Post Crescent
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 733 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began, as the state continues to expand testing. The new cases accounted for 5.4% of all test results reported Friday, a percentage in line with what Wisconsin saw most of the week.
DHS reported 18 new deaths Friday, pushing the state’s total to 568 during the pandemic.
Here’s a look at the latest trends in COVID-19 diagnoses from our partners at WisContext. Daily cases remain high, but the percentage of positive cases is generally trending downward.
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Hmong farmers sell fresh produce with help of community organizations during COVID-19 pandemic — Wisconsin State Journal
Floral shop customers continuing to show support — Beloit Daily News
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