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Today we highlight a story by Dean Mosiman of the Wisconsin State Journal. He reports that homeless people in Madison are increasingly living in tents on public property in an apparent effort to avoid the potential spread of coronavirus at shelters.
“The choice offers more freedom and makes social distancing easier, but it’s also less hygienic, with a lack of access to soap, water and other sanitation supplies — a primary means of preventing infection, said city community development director Jim O’Keefe, who estimates that more than 60 people are camping and receiving services,” Mosiman reports. “Dozens more — perhaps another 40 to 50 — are believed to be camping in out-of-the-way places unknown to those who work with the homeless.”
More homeless people ditching shelters for camp sites amid COVID-19 pandemic — Wisconsin State Journal
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Data to note
The New York Times offers “the fullest look yet at the racial inequity of coronavirus” in this county-by-county breakdown of how the virus disproportionately affects people of color. Hover over Racine County, for instance, to see that the per capita rate of cases for Black and Hispanic residents is roughly seven times higher than that of whites.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday reported 484 new cases of COVID-19, with 9.2% of tests returning positive. The department reported zero new deaths in a pandemic that has reportedly killed 796.
Here’s the latest visualization of the trajectory of new cases from our partners at WisContext.
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