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Wisconsin universities and their international students could face major dilemmas under federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidance announced this week.
“Thousands of international students pursuing degrees at UW-Madison may be forced to leave the country, risk deportation or transfer to another institution if the university moves all of its classes online this fall in the interest of public health,” Kelly Meyerhofer reports for the Wisconsin State Journal. “…The ICE rule puts universities across the country in a no-win position: Continue in-person learning despite rising levels of coronavirus infection or lose international students, a key source of revenue for many institutions because they typically pay higher tuition rates.”
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block the guidance, according to media reports.
UW-Madison’s foreign students must transfer or leave U.S. if fall classes move online — Wisconsin State Journal
People are waiting as long as 4 hours at Wisconsin coronavirus testing sites as cases rise — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As coronavirus cases rise in Latinx community, health care providers confront language barrier — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Tony Evers sends 2 million face masks, 4,000 thermometers to schools for fall — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Republicans promise coronavirus safety as 300 expected at state convention in Green Bay — Green Bay Press Gazette
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported 598 new cases of COVID-19, with 5.6% of tests returning positive. The department reported two new deaths in a pandemic that has reportedly killed 807.
Here’s the latest visualization of new cases from our partners at WisContext.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 62 active COVID-19 investigations of nursing homes as of Wednesday, and 71 additional investigations are closed.
In Wisconsin, just one case of a staff member or resident testing positive for COVID-19 triggers a facility-wide investigation of a nursing home. The data do not include nursing homes with fewer than 10 beds or homes where investigations are closed.
Residents of nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Long-term care facilities, which include nursing homes and assisted living facilities, account for 4% of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases and 42% of deaths during the pandemic, according to DHS.
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