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Today we highlight our latest story about efforts to thwart an evictions crisis as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month ordered an unprecedented nationwide eviction moratorium through the end of 2020, spotlighting a message experts have long preached: Housing stability and health are intertwined.
The story follows renters in Milwaukee, Fond du Lac and elsewhere who are trying to avoid evictions, showing how even the threat of homelessness exacts a physical and mental toll. An estimated 4,000 households in Milwaukee alone have faced eviction since the pandemic began, data show.
Wisconsin Watch/WPR reporter Bram Sable-Smith reported the story in collaboration with Martha Bebinger of WBUR and Darian Benson of Side Effects Public Media. In a related story, Princess Safiya Byers detailed what renters should know about the CDC’s moratorium, which has not fully halted evictions. And Wisconsin Watch’s Clara Neupert assembled an interactive timeline showing how Wisconsin’s evictions crisis has unfolded.
Evictions damage public health. The CDC aims to curb them — for now. — Wisconsin Watch/WPR/WBUR/Side Effects Public Media
‘Rent is still due’: What you need to know about the CDC’s order to pause residential evictions — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service/Wisconsin Watch
Timeline: Wisconsin’s eviction crisis — Clara Neupert
COVID-19 outbreak at Kettle Moraine prison tops 260 —active cases, Wisconsin DOC says — Wisconsin State Journal
Evers, Wisconsin Health officials say state in ‘crisis’ — Associated Press
Three Portage schools close through Oct. 9 due to rising COVID-19 cases, quarantines — Portage Daily Register
Kewaskum youth football coach fired for knowingly exposing players and staff to COVID-19 — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Trump to campaign in La Crosse and Green Bay as COVID-19 cases soar — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Food access trouble?
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday reported 17 additional deaths from the coronavirus, the highest tally since late May.
Here is a look at trends in cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.
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