Wisconsin man suffers regrets after COVID-19 diagnosis — 7/2/20

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Today we highlight the Appleton Post-Crescent’s profile of Dan Garber, a man with Type 2 diabetes who recently tested positive for COVID-19 after failing to take the fast-spreading virus seriously.

Duke Behnke reports that the 53-year-old Harrison man now suffers a high fever, cough, headache, body aches and diarrhea — alongside regrets that he failed to heed public health experts’ recommendations to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others in public.

“Immediately after his diagnosis, Garber felt guilty, anxious and depressed for putting his family at risk,” Behnke reports. “Now a few days removed, with the help of his family, friends and Calumet County resources, he’s been able to put it in perspective.”

Top Stories

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Dan Garber, 53, of Harrison, is in isolation at his home after testing positive for the coronavirus.

‘Now there’s a price to pay’: Harrison man regrets not taking coronavirus precautions seriouslyAppleton Post-Crescent 

Twenty percent of all virus cases in Wisconsin reported in last two weeks as younger people drive surgeMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Tribal educators talk e-learning curve, prepare for fall pandemic learningGreen Bay Press Gazette 

Dane County bar owners reeling from yet another blow as COVID-19 restrictions tighten againWisconsin State Journal 

State projects school aid estimates for next year, but questions linger over COVID-19’s impactWisconsin State Journal 

Who has to report COVID-19 cases in restaurants? No one.Appleton Post-Crescent 

On Washington Island, businesses welcome tourists with a mix of optimism and anxietyWPR

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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


“It’s hard to know what the right thing to do is.”

Jake Dehne, owner of RWB Milwaukee and Nicole’s Third Ward Social, two Milwaukee bars, as quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel commenting on the city’s move to its next reopening stage even as COVID-19 cases rise in parts of Wisconsin.

Data to note

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Thursday reported 539 new cases of COVID-19, with 4.2% of tests returning positive. The department also reported seven new deaths, pushing the total to 793 confirmed during the pandemic.

Here’s the latest visualization of trends in cases from our partners at WisContext.

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Hope and Resilience: Great Lakes islanders continue to adapt to COVID-19 conditionsGreat Lakes Now 

COVID-19 reduces whooping cranes hatched in captivity, but it can’t stop natureBaraboo News Republic

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