The growing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is changing quickly in Wisconsin, with new closings and case numbers to keep track of. Here's a look at our latest coverage.
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Athletes' flexibility in being prepared for the unexpected is getting deeply tested in these days of facility closures and general life disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Faith institutions everywhere are quickly establishing new routines and practices, many of them involving online services and “virtual” gatherings, all prompted by social distancing restrictions and other rules put in place to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wisconsin’s dairy industry is calling for federal help as farmers have begun dumping milk because of falling demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Symptom-free in recent days, COVID-19 survivor Amy Shircel shared her story on social media, and it has been shared more than 113,000 times.
Madison-area religious centers and their leaders have been following social distancing recommendations since Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12.
The biggest change: The deadline for filing absentee ballots is now April 13, nearly a week after the election, and you have until 5 p.m. Friday to request a ballot.
Work on CoroFlu, including testing in laboratory animal models at UW-Madison, is expected to take three to six months. Bharat Biotech, based in Hyderabad, India, will then scale up production for safety and efficacy testing in humans.
Representatives of the local emergency food system, including food banks and pantries reporting up to 100% increases in demand in the past two weeks, said Thursday the system is preparing to continue to meet high needs during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
State health officials say a lack of exponential growth in COVID-19 cases suggests that efforts to mitigate the respiratory disease's spread appear to be working.
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said the in-person election should not be held during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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The Fitchburg-based company announced Wednesday that one of its master mixes is approved under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization as an amplifier for the CDC-developed test.
The convention was originally scheduled for mid-July.
A letter from the law enforcement and health officials describes distancing guidelines and says that courses following them are not in violation of the governor’s order.
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Homemade masks might help keep people who feel well but are infected with the new coronavirus from spreading it to others, though there is not widespread proof of that.
U.S. District Judge William Conley said he will rule “as soon as possible” after hearing arguments Wednesday on three lawsuits asking him to postpone Wisconsin’s April 7 election or make it easier to cast ballots, due to the public health threat caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said a vote on a final legislative package addressing COVID-19 pandemic will happen soon.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said it's "hard to envision" a normal convention July 13-16 in Milwaukee.
Twenty-two percent of respondents say their work hours have been reduced, while there is widespread support for closing schools and businesses.
The early end to the Badgers men's basketball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic cost UW millions of dollars in lost revenue.
The American Family Championship, a PGA Tour Champions event that Steve Stricker founded and hosts, is slated for June 5-7 at University Ridge.
April rent is due Wednesday for almost 1.6 million Wisconsin households, and many are struggling with lost income amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the 1,320 municipalities to report poll worker shortages, 111 have reported they do not have enough poll workers to staff even one polling place.
Existing child care centers are struggling to keep the doors open amid parents’ concerns about exposing their kids and competition.
Two other deputies were said to have tested positive Monday, while five results have come back negative and two are still pending.
UW Hospital has joined the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, which plans to study the use of antibodies from people who have recovered from the viral respiratory disease to treat patients newly infected with it.
The two COVID-19 isolation facilities will open Wednesday — at Madison's Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., and at a Super 8 hotel in Milwaukee.
UW wide receiver Jack Dunn and graduate assistant Bob Dunn are assisting families in need with a campaign to raise funds for home-delivered meals.
A UW School of Medicine and Public Health fund plans to award $1.5 million in grants for projects that help lessen the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin.
The estimate represents how much UW-Madison would lose if life largely returns to normal by June.
“It’s still not the same as being in the room with someone, but it’s pretty close,” said Dr. Ned Kalin, chair of UW Health’s Department of Psychiatry.
A 60-year-old Madison biochemist who sings for a classic rock band just hit the big time with a viral COVID-19 video.
The moment, featured in the show's "And Now This" segment, shows County Executive Joe Parisi and a Dane County sign language interpreter experiencing an awkward miscommunication at a press conference.
The state logged more than 115,000 initial unemployment claims last week as measures aimed at stemming the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses.
Exact Sciences spokesman Scott Larrivee said the company is "unable to move ahead" with the job offers in light of the pandemic's impact on business.
The City Council will hold its first ever "virtual" meeting Tuesday, with big agenda items concerning U.S. Air Force F-35 jets at Truax Field, an Amazon distribution center on the East Side, permits for Air BnB operators, and sending police to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention.
An emergency order by Gov. Tony Evers to simplify license renewals for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, encourage retired workers to return to the job and expand the practice of some workers could ease the burden on the health care system, worker groups say.
One of the deputies who tested positive for COVID-19 had worked directly with the two jail inmates who contracted the disease.
The Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network has been completing about 1,500 to 2,000 tests for the coronavirus per day and expects to be able to double the capacity in the short-term and continue to expand.
The State Journal is keeping a running tab on volunteer opportunities for those who are healthy and able to help uplift the community during this trying time.
As of Monday, more than 10% of Wisconsin's school districts had asked the state education agency to forgo the requirement, including Barneveld, Edgerton and Mount Horeb.
The survey asks businesses around the state to detail various changes they are making, such as layoffs and supply orders, as well as projections of how long they can feasibly remain open under COVID-19 pandemic circumstances.
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More free meal sites are opening in Madison to help families who rely on school lunches for their children and elderly people who may be scared to get groceries.
Many stores are boosting staff to keep shelves stocked and handle online ordering.
The Dane County Farmers' Market has been adapted for life during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Parson's Indian Trading Post & Museum, one of the state's oldest tourism businesses, like other businesses, is struggling in the wake of a shutdown.
After a lack of legislative action last week from the GOP-led Legislature, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said his administration plans to purchase 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective face masks to assist with the state’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
"We are literally reinventing a college in a matter of days and building systems in a matter of hours," the college's provost said.
State and politics reporter Mitchell Schmidt discusses the staggering number of unemployment claims filed during the COVID-19 pandemic and state lawmakers’ plans to deal with them.
The arts community is finding creative ways to stay engaged with audiences and generate income.
The motions failed Sunday following split votes between the commission's Republican and Democratic members.
The school district plans to begin shipping devices Wednesday so all students have them by the end of next week.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported no new deaths relating to COVID-19 Sunday, keeping the death total at 13, while confirmed cases rose to 1,112.
In a mobilization reminiscent of World War II, when factories worked around the clock to address military needs, Wisconsin businesses are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nathan Ng was already in self-quarantine after returning from a spring break trip when UW-Madison told other students to do the same.
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The success of school referendums in Wisconsin has tended to track with the economy, falling in recessions and rising when the economy rebounds.
As bars and concert venues have closed in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and social distancing has been widely adopted, local musicians have been unable to do what they do best — bring people together.
While travel-related businesses have been grappling with a flood of cancellations this spring, many are still holding out hope for summer and fall.
Hotels and attractions are closed, seasonal homeowners are told to stay away from the Northwoods and the losses to the state's tourism industry could be in the billions of dollars.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Dane County rose from 158 on Friday to 164 on Saturday morning.
Rather than issue an emergency order to mail absentee ballots to every registered voter in the state, Gov. Tony Evers said "the Legislature is the best place to make that happen."
Madison Teachers Inc. is calling on the Madison School District to reconsider an expectation that teachers with children secure child care — either inside or outside of home — during the hours they work at home.
COVID-19 has claimed only 11 lives so far, but in a state where roughly 52,700 people die each year of all causes, funerals are a daily reality. Yet a series of ever-stricter rules imposed over the past two weeks have changed virtually every facet of life in Wisconsin, including the rituals of mourning.
With more COVID-19 patients being treated at Madison hospitals , doctors are using the malaria drug chloroquine on some patients and considering an experimental drug and plasma from recovered patients.
Sales are not enough to make up for business lost since the state ordered the closure of all in-house dining to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"If you have traveled for spring break, whether or not you have symptoms, it is imperative that you observe a 14-day self-quarantine," University Health Services told students.
The move leaves some 200 Milio's Sandwiches employees at 20 company-owned stores in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota wondering when they'll get paid for hours they've already worked.
Two other inmates were positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, so all eight who had fevers are being isolated.
The DNR recommends maintain a distance of at least three 24-inch walleyes — or 6 feet — away from other people during the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
Fears about the pandemic striking inner city, poor neighborhoods harder than others has reverberated across the country.
Attorney General Josh Kaul and Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld urge caution when making COVID-19 pandemic-related donations.
The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County announced recipients of its COVID-19 relief grants on Friday, and the United Way of Dane County opened applications for its relief grants.
We want to hear from from health care employees across the state as they work to heal and protect Wisconsin residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the Big Ten said Friday that it would re-evaluate the suspension of team activities on May 4.
Major League Baseball owners on Friday approved a plan to address salary and service-time issues amid the indefinite delay to the start of the regular season, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
Contracts, venues, qualifiers and hotels are among the many aspects still to be resolved in the wake of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021.
Local grocery stores are installing plexiglass barriers to separate cashiers from customers, putting down floor markings to remind people to maintain the proper social distance and, of course, sanitizing like never before.
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The lawsuit challenges the witness signature requirement for absentee ballots, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Deputies are being vigilant in identifying anyone displaying symptoms and alerting medical staff immediately," the Sheriff's Office said.
The city, Dane County and partners are preparing Warner Park to accommodate up to 125 homeless men and expect to have the facility, which had been due to the new coronavirus, ready for guests by the end of the month, officials said Thursday afternoon.
Desk clerks, housekeepers, restaurant servers and several other positions are among those laid off from The Edgewater.
The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Wisconsin on Thursday was $1.71 — with some stations at 99 cents a gallon — as demand for fuel is dropping during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
"It’s important to remember: No one person, country, or ethnicity created this pandemic — disease does not discriminate," a university statement said.
The committee hopes to stay on schedule by having virtual interviews instead of in-person.
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said the policies, effective immediately, will stay in place until 60 days after public health officials and Gov. Tony Evers put an end to their emergency actions already in place to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus.
Student can choose to skip letter grades for most courses, one of several recently announced measures to offer flexibility during the pandemic.
There is help for absentee voters who need witnesses to sign absentee certificate envelopes.
Golf course owners and patrons around the state are asking Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to reconsider golf courses being included in the closures caused by his “Safer at Home” order.
The Wisconsin Nursing Board took steps during an emergency meeting Wednesday to soon add more nurses to hospitals' ranks.
The Senate is preparing plans to meet over Skype in case it needs to take up emergency legislation to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
But virtual visits and signs made by day care children are helping at Fitchburg-based Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care.
The number of vehicles on the Beltline last week was about one-third lower than it was just two weeks earlier, according to preliminary numbers provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Sewer officials have long cautioned that the only things that should be flushed are human waste and toilet paper.
The decision to hold in-person voting on April 7 has drawn some criticism over concerns that doing so in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak could put people at risk of infection.
Amid a nationwide shortage of medical equipment, volunteers are stepping up to fill the gap, even though health care providers have cautioned against using homemade protective gear.
With older adults at greatest risk for COVID-19 complications and prone to isolation from social distancing, meal programs and home health services are still being offered in the Madison area — with precautions.
The Department of Public Instruction said Wednesday the closure of schools means "there will be no further state assessments this year."
The recommendation, which County Clerk Scott McDonell says is legal, comes as some older voters have complained they aren't able to upload their photo IDs electronically.
The DOC employee has been directed to quarantine for 14 days, and the site where he or she worked has gone through a deep cleaning.
The state's declared public health emergency authorizes DATCP to enforce Wisconsin’s price-gouging law.
The devices are typically used in medical settings but can be useful in sanitizing work areas and vehicles as well, the sheriff's office said.
Dane County will provide a Madison domestic-abuse shelter with $58,000 in emergency funding after the shelter lost a significant source of funding this year and amid predictions that stay-at-home orders related to the coronavirus pandemic could increase the need for shelter services.
Dane County public health officials say a woman in her 70s is the county’s first death from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
After less than a week, Public Health Madison and Dane County plans to take down a website that allowed citizens to report mass gatherings that violated government orders aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.
The city of Green Bay sued to stop in-person voting and leaders in River Falls questioned how the election can proceed.
Tony Evers' monthlong 'safer at home' order includes many exemptions — gas stations, banks, convenience stores, laundromats, health care facilities and factories among them.
If the state didn’t take the aggressive action of the “safer at home” order issued Tuesday, models show Wisconsin would likely have 22,000 cases of COVID-19, including 440 to 1,500 deaths, according to state health officials.
More than 500 Madison poll workers said they won't show up on Election Day.
“I think everybody is scared,” one gun store owner said.
A Verona man with a love of local restaurants wants people to know that many of them are still offering takeout and delivery.
The city's Board of Police and Fire Commissioners canceled four public listening sessions scheduled for March and April but will continue using electronic methods to get public feedback.
All drop-off sites in the city will remain closed as long as the order is in effect.
Across the country, anxious Americans are finding an audience for their questions — if few answers — in telephone town halls with their senators and representatives.
Tony Evers’ order — meant to aid the fight against spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus — did not address golf courses directly, but it was later clarified that golf courses were included in the closures.
The IOC announced a first-of-its-kind postponement of the Summer Olympics on Tuesday, bowing to the realities of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that is shutting down daily life around the globe and making planning for a massive worldwide gathering in July a virtual impossibility.
Cramming thousands of students and families into Camp Randall stadium on May 9 is the exact opposite of what health officials are asking in this era of social distancing.
Tony Evers’ “safer at home” order represents a shift from the governor's position last week, when he said he did not plan on issuing such an order.
Although Madison has many financial strengths, expenses and loss of revenue are expected slash the city's "rainy day fund" by 30%, or $16 million, down to $36 million by the end of 2020, the city's Finance Department says.
Shutting down Madison area golf courses, even temporarily, could have a drastic effect on their viability moving forward.
The reduced level of calls for service doesn't mean Madison police aren't still responding to serious crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Summerfest music festival on Milwaukee's lakefront will be held Sept. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19 instead of in late June and early July to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A state order designed to assist restaurants that have begun delivery service amid the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis could give a needed boost to some mom-and-pop shops.
Madison Metro Transit will stop collecting ride fares effective Tuesday and is asking customers to board and exit buses through the rear doors only. Disabled customers using wheelchairs should continue to board at the front of the buses.
Rep. David Bowen, D-Milwaukee, said he tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend after having run a fever late last week.
The YMCA's state-licensed child care staff will operate the program at all three locations — Lussier Family East, Lussier Family West and Sun Prairie.
The PSC suspended all utility disconnections — extending protection previously granted for residential customers to farm, commercial and industrial accounts — and stopped utilities from assessing late fees and requiring deposits for reconnection.
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway also called on landlords to suspend evictions, pause non-renewals and delay rent payments during the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency.
The U.S. Department of Justice is working with Attorney General William Barr to direct all U.S. attorneys to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of these schemes.
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Fitness centers and yoga studios are using online video and conferencing platforms to keep members active and healthy during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has ground daily life to a halt in Madison — and across the state, nation and much of the world.
As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to grow in the U.S. and elsewhere, researchers in Madison and around the world are racing to come up with medical measures to stop it.
Scores of local leaders sent Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers a letter Sunday warning him that the state isn’t doing enough to protect voters from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic as the spring election approaches.
Federal guidelines and an order from Gov. Tony Evers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic have essentially shut down in-person campaigning and rallies, an essential tool ingrained in American politics.
People out of work and businesses shuttered due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic are safe, for now, from eviction in Dane County should they not be able to make their rent payments.
Wisconsin reported 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with no additional deaths, as it seeks federal help in obtaining tens of thousands additional pieces of protective equipment as the state continues to grapple with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The state Supreme Court on Sunday night ordered that all in-person court proceedings, including jury trials, be postponed through May 22 to protect the participants and the public from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Schools across the country have been sharing resources as they grapple with how to continue learning when buildings are closed during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Sonny Tiedemann's car is now part of the collection of the Grant County Historical Society Museum in Lancaster.
Craft soda and sparkling water company Wisco Pop in Viroqua is growing but the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has created an uncertain future for small businesses as the economy reels.
Students of all ages have been forced to quickly adjust their expectations for sports, theater, and music and dance recitals during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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Researchers are hoping to see if the virus can be spread by bats, from which it is thought to have originated.
The UW-Madison Division of Information Technology frantically worked to convert some 3,700 courses this semester to remote delivery in about 10 days.
Inmates who would have been transferred to the state's prisons will now stay in county jails. Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney called the order "very frustrating."
While Americans have long been resistant to bidets — a common feature in European toilets where jets of water clean you off instead of toilet paper — the spread of the coronavirus seems to be changing longtime views on self-washing.
Demand for absentee ballots for the April 7 statewide election has now eclipsed demand in all of the last four spring elections as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic threatens to keep voters from the polls on Election Day.
The annual Match Day tradition, where students stand on stage to learn where they will do their residencies, was scuttled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Madison hospitals are acquiring more ventilators and looking at adding intensive care beds, as some hospital workers have started testing positive for COVID-19 amid a national shortage of protective equipment that has some workers questioning their safety.
"Unfortunately, this number is expected to rise and things will get worse before they get better," Gov. Tony Evers said.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has meant huge business for grocery operators who are struggling to keep up with demand.
The 1,043 employees will be laid off beginning Sunday, production will be stopped until at least April 13, and Sub-Zero said it expects most employees will be recalled to work when the facilities reopen.
The large number of English language learners and students without internet access at home are some of the complexities the district must work through before it would launch virtual learning in April.
Both hospitals are implementing stricter visitor guidelines on Saturday. UW Health also consolidated its primary clinic to 10 locations.
The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and United Way of Dane County said the goal is to "provide financial relief for those hit hardest" by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Leon and Jacqueline Captain decided to get married after 22 years together — 11 days later, they had to stop seeing each other.
Nearly 15,000 initial claims were made on Wednesday, one day after Gov. Tony Evers ordered all bars and restaurants to halt sit-in services in an effort to curb the outbreak.
Gov. Tony Evers imposed new restrictions Wednesday, limiting the number of people who can be present, while asking providers to prioritize children of medical providers and other essential workers.
An employee at Waupun Correctional Institution tested positive for COVID-19, the first reported case of the novel coronavirus in Wisconsin's prison system.
"The impact has been terrible," one taxi manager said. "The only thing that's keeping us alive is medical appointments."
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the hiring freeze comes in the context of the county's budget being "one of the casualties" of the COVID-19 pandemic as key revenue sources are drained.
But the refund credit on some campuses may be applied to other outstanding bills, such as tuition.
County Executive Joe Parisi said 72 hotel rooms have been booked through the partnership so far, and the county is still looking to secure more rooms at more hotels.
Sen. Ron Johnson and all four GOP representatives from Wisconsin opposed the measures, saying they were rushed.
Tony Evers also requested federal disaster assistance loans, allowing for up to $2 million per business to assist with overcoming the temporary loss of revenue.
UW-Madison Housing officials say it is just a hypothetical at this point. Other universities across the U.S. are discussing the idea as COVID-19 cases rise.
Laptops and wireless hotspots are being handed out, and directions are being sent to students and families as some Dane County schools make the switch this week to an online, remote learning model.
As the order will limit the availability of child care services statewide, providers are asked to give priority to families of healthcare and essential service providers.
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The lawsuit comes as officials are promoting absentee voting due to the novel coronavirus.
Organizers are trying to secure other spaces, including hotel and motel rooms, to relocate elderly homeless people and those with underlying health conditions from crowded shelters where it's hard to practice social distancing and isolate those who are sick.
Madison has a team in place to respond to any and all city problems that will inevitability crop up during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The risk to other patients and staff is low because the facility discharged the veteran on Friday to home isolation with instructions for self care.
Some types of events are exempt, but for most entertainment and sporting spectacles, the promoter is required to refund the admission price after a cancellation.
No customers will be disconnected from water, and the Madison Water Utility is freezing late fees to help families who need a financial break during the crisis.
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Madison hospitals started postponing nonessential procedures Tuesday as community spread of COVID-19 was confirmed in Dane County, along with Kenosha and Milwaukee counties.
Food Fight restaurant group said Tuesday it has had to furlough about 750 employees in response to government restrictions on restaurants amid concerns over spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.
All other Wisconsin dioceses and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are also canceling public Mass beginning either Tuesday or Wednesday.
The order comes the same day a Madison restaurant group announced it had furloughed about 750 employees in response to tightening government restrictions to curb the outbreak.
Information on commencement will be shared in the near future, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said.
A virtual session has not happened since the law allowing such sessions during a disaster was created in 2009.
The district had originally planned to delivery paper versions of enrichment materials to help students learn from home, but that plan has been suspended.
Wisconsinites have requested 173,000 ballots as concerns over the novel coronavirus rise.
The humane society is also encouraging people to donate or adopt an animal if working from home during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“In these extraordinary times, our city employees are working incredibly hard to maintain essential city services,” the mayor said.