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Nationwide mass gatherings following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis are stirring concerns that the spread of COVID-19 will accelerate, but a host of public health experts and groups say that the issue being protested — systemic racism and police brutality against people of color — is also damaging to public health.
Today we highlight a story by Madeline Heim, a former Wisconsin Watch intern who now reports for the Appleton Post Crescent.
“There have been no statewide limits on large gatherings since Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order ended May 13, though experts still recommend social distancing and nearly 3,000 newly confirmed cases have been announced since Memorial Day,” Heim reports. “But the protests will likely continue. So epidemiologists want to give attendees the tools they need to be safe, and pressure leaders and law enforcement to protect the health of those who show up and speak out.”
We also draw your attention to the latest installment of our Outbreak Wisconsin collaboration with WPR. Adija Greer-Smith, an entrepreneur and baker, offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to run a small business in Milwaukee during the pandemic.
Protests defy coronavirus guidelines, but health experts say engagement is ‘essential.’ Here’s how protesters and police can reduce risk. — Appleton Post Crescent
Introducing Milwaukee entrepreneur and baker Adija Greer-Smith: ‘I’ve poured my life into this business’ — WPR/Wisconsin Watch
Wisconsin’s new cases of coronavirus tick back up with more testing, continuing recent trend of ebbs and flows — USA Today Network — Wisconsin
Unemployment group demands special session in letter to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos — WTMJ-TV
From growing more spiritual to becoming more focused on erasing health inequities: Catching up with two COVID-19 survivors — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Aurora St. Luke’s team develops faster heart ultrasound procedure for COVID-19 patients — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Summer school to be mostly online In Wisconsin amid COVID-19 concerns — WPR
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Maimuna Majumder, Faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, via Twitter:
As an epidemiologist, I’m well aware that the #MinneapolisUprising (in no small part due to police use of pepper spray) will increase #COVID19 risk. But #policebrutality has been a #publichealth problem for much longer than the #pandemic has, and this is a necessary action.— Maia Majumder, PhD ✊🏾 (@maiamajumder) May 30, 2020
Data to note
Wisconsin nursing homes have reported at least 413 COVID-19 cases and 72 related deaths among residents, preliminary federal data shows, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“The data, released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, show an additional 265 cases and 3 deaths among nursing home staff,” the newspaper reported.
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