Special edition: A year of pandemic — 3/11/21

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In this COVID-19 update, we highlight coverage from news outlets across the country marking Thursday’s one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of the coronavirus pandemic — and the realization that the deadly new disease had taken root in the United States. 

By that date — March 11, 2020 — four people in Wisconsin had died, and 241 had been infected. Today, 568,352 Wisconsinites have tested positive for COVID-19, with 6,524 succumbing to the disease. Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites have lost their jobs during the pandemic. And many businesses closed their doors — some for good. On the positive side, nearly 20% of the state has received at least one vaccine dose, and state health officials on Thursday widened vaccine eligibility to an estimated 2 million more Wisconsin adults with underlying health conditions beginning March 29.

Top Stories

A customer walks down an empty aisle where toilet paper normally fills the shelves at Target in Menomonee Falls on March 14, 2020. Credit: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A timeline of how the COVID-19 pandemic has played out in WisconsinMilwaukee Journal Sentinel

March 11, 2020: The day everything changedNPR

One year in, reflecting on Wisconsin’s pandemic experienceWisPolitics

2020: A year unlike any other as hope, resiliency shine through in BeloitBeloit Daily News

As pandemic enters 2nd year, voices of resilience emergeAssociated Press

COVID-19: One year laterNew York Times

Sorrow and stamina, defiance and despair. It’s been a year.Washington Post

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“I remember at one point in time, we had 60 people in the state of Wisconsin who were identified having COVID-19, and I thought ‘OK, this is going to be a big deal in the state of Wisconsin.’ And here we are a year later and we have 500-600 a day and we think we’re plateauing and going down.” 

Gov. Tony Evers speaking to WisPolitics about the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.

Data to note

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Wednesday that 64.8% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 19.7% of the state’s overall population. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain below that of white residents.  

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed. 

WisContext offers this visualization. 

Find a vaccine site near you

DHS has this interactive map of vaccine providers across Wisconsin. Vaccinations are generally by appointment only and it may take time to schedule appointments with providers due to limited supplies of vaccines. 

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