Wisconsin Watch is a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on government integrity and quality of life issues, and we always provide our news for free.
You can read all of our coronavirus/COVID-19 coverage by signing up for our Wisconsin COVID-19 Update newsletter, and please consider becoming a member to support our nonprofit journalism.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on Monday released 87 pages of guidance intended to aid districts in resuming some in-person instruction in the coming school year — as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
“Wisconsin education officials think the majority of schools will reopen in fall, but they encouraged local leaders Monday to prepare for 18 more months of the coronavirus threat. That means considering alternatives like shortened weeks, or blends of in-person, physically distanced and virtual learning,” Samantha West and Molly Beck report for the USA Today Network-Wisconsin.
The document includes a host of other recommendations, including that staff and students wear masks as much as possible and that schools shrink class sizes and rearrange desks to allow for physical distancing, West and Beck report.
Wisconsin schools should expect coronavirus threat for next 18 months, according to new state guidance — USA Today Network-Wisconsin
Wisconsin erected barriers to college voters. The pandemic added more. — Wisconsin Watch
Tribal governments ‘crippled’ by lost gambling revenue during COVID-19 pandemic — Wisconsin State Journal
Dane County coronavirus cases jump by 40 — Madison365
Pandemic pause: A quiet summer not the norm for amusement ride operators — Wisconsin State Journal
Data to note
The La Crosse metro area is now on The New York Times’ list of fastest-growing COVID-19 hotspots.
With 191 recent cases and totals on pace to double every 5.5 days, La Crosse was behind just two other U.S. metro areas in the category of “highest average daily growth rate of cases.”
“Growth rates are useful measures in epidemics because they tell us whether things are getting better or worse,” the Times reports. “In places where the growth rate is high but the number of cases is relatively low, a community may still have time to flatten its curve before an outbreak becomes widespread.”
“In La Crosse County, a recent spike in cases has been connected to nearly 100 young adults under the age of 30, and several businesses have been listed as ‘high risk’ after some of their guests and staff have tested positive for COVID-19, with no way to trace exact contacts and activities while there,” the La Crosse Tribune reported Saturday.
“The list included several bars in downtown La Crosse, and staff members are beginning to feel like the safety for employees and other guests isn’t being taken seriously by those that come to drink and eat.”
People helping others and showing resilience during this time of anxiety. Send suggestions by tagging us on social media — @wisconsinwatch — or emailing us: email@example.com.
Church offers drive-through Communion and treats — Beloit Daily News
Access to some stories listed in the Wisconsin COVID-19 Update may be limited to subscribers of the news organizations that produced them. We urge our readers to consider supporting these important news outlets by subscribing.