Wisconsin evictions soar as moratorium ends but pandemic continues — 6/15/20

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Eviction filings are soaring in Wisconsin since Gov. Tony Evers lifted his 60-day moratorium on evictions and home foreclosures, Cary Spivak reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Eviction filings spiked 42% above 2019 levels in the two weeks since Evers’ order expired on May 27, Spivak’s analysis shows. 

Housing experts feared such an outcome at a time when many Wisconsinites remain out of work during the pandemic, and thousands have waited weeks or more to access unemployment benefits from the overwhelmed and tough-to navigate Department of Workforce Development system.

Folks facing a potential eviction should read this step-by-step examination of the process from Allison Dikonovic, a Wisconsin Watch fellow working for our News414 collaboration in Milwaukee. 

Top Stories

Amber Arnold / Wisconsin State Journal

Nicole Lee, 19, dances with Mel Boudreau, left, as a party crew from Heartland Church in Sun Prairie visits Lee outside her home Sunday for “A Day to Remember.” The church was unable to host its annual “Night to Remember” at Monona Terrace, a prom-like experience for people with special needs.

Predicted surge comes true: Eviction filings jump over 40% in Milwaukee County and state — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

First-of-its-kind drive-thru veterinary clinic planned for Sun Prairie — Wisconsin State Journal 

More men dying from COVID-19 than women, but as with so much about this disease, the reasons are unclearMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Workers cautiously return to jobs during COVID-19 pandemic — WPR 

UW system releases guidelines for reopening campuses during pandemic — WPR 

Portage tourism anticipates 50% hit after COVID-19 closures, delays canoe attractions — Portage Daily Register

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Government updates

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Gov. Tony Evers’ office

U.S. Centers and Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization


“We have to be scientific about it and rely on the physicians and scientists. Because this is a medical issue…It’s not like, OK, let’s take the risk and just hope that God will save us all.”

Othman Atta, director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about how faith leaders are adapting to the pandemic — aiming to keep worshippers safe.

Data to Note

Hospitalizations of Wisconsinites diagnosed with COVID-19 have plunged to their lowest total since April 4, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center. 

On Monday, 284 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Wisconsin, continuing a steady decline since late May, when that number peaked above 400. 

See more data from the association’s dashboard. 

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A Day to Remember: Volunteers bring ‘prom-like’ experience to students — Wisconsin State Journal 

Virtual Brat Fest raises $70,000 for local charities — Wisconsin State Journal 

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