Wisconsin sets new COVID-19 case record due to ‘significant community spread’— 7/14/20

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday reported 964 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily total during the pandemic. 

Wisconsin continues to set new marks for cases due to community spread — not because of expanded testing, state officials said. 

“These numbers are not the result of more testing. In fact, on Saturday we saw more positive cases than we saw on Thursday, even though we tested half as many people,” Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm said Tuesday, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. “These numbers are the result of significant community spread here in Wisconsin.”

The percentage of coronavirus tests returning positive has climbed since mid-June, with 7.1% of Tuesday’s reported tests returning positive.

Mitchell Schmidt has the full report for the State Journal. 

Top Stories

Amber Arnold / Wisconsin State Journal

People take part in a kick and cardio class in the parking lot of Pinnacle Health and Fitness in Fitchburg on Monday, when Dane County’s order requiring people to wear masks in buildings took effect. Masks are optional for people outside when proper social distancing can be maintained.

DHS officials say growth in COVID-19 cases due to ‘significant community spread,’ not increased testingWisconsin State Journal

Trump administration drops rule barring foreign students from taking online-only classesUSA Today 

Businesses adapt as Dane County mask order takes effectWisconsin State Journal 

Wisconsin added to New York, New Jersey quarantine travel advisoryWTMJ-TV 

MPS plan for bringing students and teachers back to classrooms would start school year with virtual learning, cost $90 millionMilwaukee Journal Sentinel

Johnson opposes ‘even a dime more’ in economic stimulus until issues addressedWPR 

Green Bay committee fails to take action on face mask requirementGreen Bay Press Gazette

Burlington district board votes to begin year with a hybrid model, facial coverings for allThe Journal Times

Outbreak of COVID-19 at Necedah Area School DistrictJuneau County Star-Times

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Government updates

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Gov. Tony Evers’ office

U.S. Centers and Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization


“I have lost complete faith in the state and country and only hope that I am able to receive my back pay promptly, so that I can pay off the debts I am beginning to accrue.” 

Mitch Roberts of Caledonia, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about his frustration with staffers at Department of Workforce Development’s overwhelmed call centers who are unable to answer questions about his claim for jobless benefits during the pandemic

“This virus had total control of my body and who I was as a person when I had it, and I think the restrictions the virus has put on this great nation are similar. I think that this virus is going to make us or break us as a nation. Let’s take this seriously for what it is.”

Rebecca Quesada, a 65-year-old ESL support teacher, speaking to Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service about her experience with COVID-19

Data to note

Some 62,000 Wisconsin workers lost their health insurance due to job loss between February and May, leaving a total of 343,000 adults under age 65 in Wisconsin — about 10% — uninsured during the pandemic, according to a study released Tuesday by Families USA, a nonpartisan consumer advocacy group

That represents a 22% surge in uninsured Wisconsinites compared to 2018, according to the study. 

Nearly 5.4 million laid-off workers nationwide lost insurance during the same period, representing a 21% increase since 2018, the study said.


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Drive-thru job fair takes place in communities around Wisconsin FridayWPR 

SSM Health St. Mary’s Janesville volunteers recognized for serviceBeloit Daily News

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