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Today we highlight a story from the Green Bay Press-Gazette about how Wisconsin’s economic recovery during the pandemic still depends on slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Reporters Jeff Bollier and Nusaiba Mizan focus on Northeast Wisconsin, where Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Marinette are among the 20 U.S. metro areas with the greatest number of positive COVID-19 tests per capita, according to the New York Times.
“When you add the revenue lost from the postponement of both the Wisconsin Badgers-Notre Dame Fighting Irish football game at Lambeau and the Ryder Cup pro golf tournament at Kohler, the lack of major sports events could easily cost the northeast region over $150 million,” Bollier and Mizan report. “Then there’s the Experimental Aircraft Association’s decision to cancel this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh. That dealt a $170 million blow to Winnebago, Outagamie, Fond du Lac, Calumet and Brown counties, too.”
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Wisconsin hospitals, businesses team up on campaign to stop COVID-19 spread — Wisconsin State Journal
Oconto Co. medical leaders implore residents to act to slow ‘uncontrolled’ spread of COVID-19 — Green Bay Press-Gazette
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Friday reported 16 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 1,440 during the pandemic.
Here is a visualization of trends in cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.
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