Why COVID-19 may never completely go away — 7/24/20

A roundup of top news and information about Wisconsin’s response to the coronavirus

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Today we highlight a story by Mark Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that offers a sobering assessment from scientists: Even a vaccine may never completely eliminate COVID-19, and the virus may continue to circulate in populations in some form — as does influenza. 

“There is no reason to think a pathogen like this is going to eliminate itself once it has done what it’s done. The idea that we are going to vaccinate this out of the world — that’s just not the case,” Michael Osterholm, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Johnson.

Top Stories

Reedsburg Times-Press

A sign outside the Sauk County Republican Headquarters asks not to use masks. Republican Chairman Caleb Frostman said the sign was placed without approval.

‘We can try to develop vaccine, but I don’t know that we can get rid of it’: Like HIV and the flu, COVID-19 could become endemicMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

National surge of COVID-19 cases strains local testing capacity, responseBeloit Daily News 

Wisconsin congressional delegation divided on continuing COVID-19 unemployment benefits, other relief issuesWPR 

Wisconsin private schools have advantages — and concerns — public schools don’t as they plan for fallWPR 

County health departments behind in processing negative tests, affecting daily COVID-19 dataMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Green Bay police investigate threats sent to City Council after face mask voteGreen Bay Press-Gazette 

Sauk County Republican chairman says anti-mask sign at headquarters placed without approvalReedsburg Times-Press 

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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

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“It is one of the toughest jobs. Our people are committing suicide. It’s reached a crisis, compounded with COVID-19. We need help.”

Marc Cohen, executive director of the Wisconsin EMS Association, speaking about the need for mental health services for first responders, as quoted by WPR

Data to note

Here are the latest visualizations of COVID-19 cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.

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Elite wheelchair athlete not stopped by coronavirusWTMJ-TV 

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