Judge reinstates Wisconsin limits on indoor gatherings as coronavirus keeps spreading — 10/19/20

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A judge on Monday reinstated the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ limits on gatherings at bars, restaurants and other public places — a week after a lower court blocked the emergency order, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. 

Barron County Circuit Judge James C. Babler denied a request by the Tavern League of Wisconsin and other business owners for an injunction against the DHS order, ruling that the businesses did not show they were complying in the first place, Mitchell Smith reports. 

The order from DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm came at the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, and it limits certain public gatherings to 25% of a room or building’s capacity. It expires Nov. 6. 
DHS on Monday reported 3,777 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total confirmed deaths to 1,600 during the pandemic. DHS’s data reports Monday followed a weekend in which no daily data were reported — due to a temporary shutdown of the state’s internal reporting system for upgrades.

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Dr. Tom Brazelton, a pediatrician and medical director for telehealth at UW Health, talks to a nurse in a patient’s room at American Family Children’s Hospital. UW Health and other providers are using telehealth more for inpatient and outpatient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wisconsin judge reinstates order limiting size of indoor public gatherings  — Wisconsin State Journal 

‘People are dying every night’: Staff at overwhelmed Wisconsin hospital urge people to take coronavirus seriously  — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Suicides up in Dane County, mental health experts see link to COVID-19  — Wisconsin State Journal 

Wisconsin unemployment department says adjudication of claims will be sped up thanks to new partnership with Google Cloud  — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

The long haul: Janesville Parker student still recovering from COVID-19  — Janesville Gazette 

Advocates call on Evers to address prison COVID outbreaks  — NBC15

State, local health officials plan for mass coronavirus vaccine distribution  — WPR 

‘It’s death by a thousand cuts’: Fox Cities room tax revenues plummet during coronavirus pandemic   — Appleton Post-Crescent

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“The Governor seems to be making a very good attempt (despite the irresponsibility of the leadership of the legislature) to deal with the Coronavirus in most of Wisconsin, but he seems to have chosen to ignore the 30,000 people who live and work in our prisons in those attempts. People in seriously overcrowded prisons cannot practice safe social distancing. The only way to reduce the risk is to reduce the overcrowding.”

— Wisdom, a statewide faith-based prison advocate group, in an email announcing a protest outside the governor’s mansion

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Data to note

Wisconsin continues to set daily records for COVID-19 hospitalizations as the state fails to control the coronavirus. The Wisconsin Hospital Association on Monday reported 1,172 patients with COVID-19 — up from 1,090 a day earlier. 
Here are the latest trends from WHA’s dashboard.

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