Free COVID-19 testing for all African Americans, Latinos and tribal members in Wisconsin — 5/7/20

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Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday announced a plan to offer free testing to all African Americans, Latinos and tribal community members in Wisconsin — an effort to address huge racial disparities among those most affected by COVID-19, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Wisconsin National Guard members will offer the free tests at community testing sites statewide, according to the report. 

The Evers administration also launched an online tool to direct Wisconsinites to testing sites.

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Volunteer Chandler Krajco helps fill carts Wednesday at The River Food Pantry. To combat food shortages for those hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway is proposing an initiative led by the Madison Food Policy Council to focus on food collection, storage and distribution of local agricultural products into local and regional markets.

Gov. Tony Evers announces free testing for all African Americans, Latinos and tribal members in WisconsinMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

State unemployment fund could be depleted by October, GOP adds pressure to reopen economyWisconsin State Journal 

Wisconsin lost out on $25M in federal funding because GOP lawmakers waited to pass coronavirus relief billMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

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Child abuse reports down during pandemic but advocates fear ‘tsunami of sorrow’ once stay-at-home order endsMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Amid calls for transparency, UW Regents to discuss pandemic problems privatelyWisconsin State Journal 

Madison logs over $100,000 in extra costs for April 7 pandemic electionThe Cap Times

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