Excited but wary, a Milwaukee baker gets back to business as pandemic continues — 7/10/20

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Today we highlight the latest installment of our Outbreak Wisconsin collaboration with WPR, which chronicles people’s journeys through the coronavirus crisis. Reporter Jimmy Gutierrez checks in with Adija Greer-Smith. She owns the bakery Confectionately Yours, which can now operate at 50% capacity after Milwaukee County moved to a new phase in its reopening plan.

Greer-Smith, who kept her business shuttered for nearly three months of the pandemic, is experiencing a mix of feelings as she returns to baking and brings back staff. 

“Am I excited? Well yeah, a little bit, because it will push some normalcy back into my life,” Greer-Smith said. “Every day baking and preparing for my customers. Am I concerned? Yeah a little bit of that, too.”

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Adija Greer-Smith, right, decorates strawberries as her son Xavier Smith helps in the kitchen of her bakery, Confectionately Yours, in Milwaukee on July 2, 2020.

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“You know, from experience historically, that when you don’t have unanimity in an approach to something, you’re not as effective in how you handle it…So I think you’d have to make the assumption that if there wasn’t such divisiveness, that we would have a more coordinated approach.”

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, an infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as quoted by The New York Times 

Data to note

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Friday reported 845 new cases of COVID-19, with 6.7% of tests returning positive. The department reported five new deaths in a pandemic that has reportedly killed 814.

Here are the latest visualizations of cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.

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“I had COVID-19, too”: Pleasant Prairie woman becomes disease investigator nurse after 88 days with the virusWTMJ-TV 

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