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Wisconsin Weekly: Examining contact tracing and testing as COVID-19 spreads in Wisconsin

Coronavirus testing; conspiracy theories; reopening business during pandemic; uncounted ballots; alleged hate crime

Of note: This week we highlight our two most recent stories. Howard Hardee examines how online misinformation is forcing local officials  — particularly in Appleton — to use their resources to debunk false conspiracy theories about contact tracing. And Bram Sable-Smith, a WPR reporter based in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom, reports that Wisconsin has dramatically expanded its testing capacity since the pandemic began. But experts say too few Wisconsinites who should get tested are showing up — potentially thwarting efforts to neutralize the virus. Access to some stories listed in the Wisconsin Weekly roundup may be limited to subscribers of the news organizations that produced them.

Calls to defund police come as pandemic shrinks local revenue — 7/27/20

Today we highlight our latest story, which examines a nexus between the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide protests against police brutality. Allison Dikanovic, an engagement fellow working on Wisconsin Watch’s News 414 collaboration, breaks down what Milwaukee residents mean when some call for the defunding of a police force that makes up a growing share of city spending.