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More than 20,000 people have been found to have COVID-19 in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services reported Friday, and the virus has killed at least 633 people during the pandemic.
Today we highlight a study pertinent to the 13,000-plus Wisconsinites — two-thirds of those diagnosed — who have recovered from the coronavirus. Patients who recover from more severe COVID-19 infections face daunting financial burdens long after they are discharged from the hospital, according to the study by the researchers at University of Michigan and other institutions. The study examined costs — ranging in the hundreds of thousands of dollars — faced by patients who recovered in 2017 and 2018 from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which can manifest in COVID-patients and require them to be hooked up to ventilators.
Mark Johnson reports on the study for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“The study’s authors interviewed 46 ARDS survivors and found that 31 — roughly two-thirds — experienced at least some serious financial repercussions,” Johnson reports. “The study reported that after surviving ARDS many patients were unable to work, either temporarily or permanently. A 55-year-old man in the study said he had to sell his fire prevention company and go on disability after suffering ARDS.”
COVID-19 patients who survive respiratory syndrome likely to face deep financial struggles — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Fond du Lac County Circuit Court to reopen amid COVID-19: Here’s how — Fond du Lac Reporter
Rules loosened for in-person church attendance — Wisconsin State Journal
Racine County Executive tests positive for COVID-19 — Racine Journal Times
Data to note
Wisconsin has now surpassed 20,000 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic as the state ramps up testing, but the percentage of positive cases is generally trending downward.
Here’s a visualization from our partners at WisContext.
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Portage graduates get virtual ceremony and first-responder escorts Friday — Portage Daily Register
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