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Today we highlight a story by Shirin Ali of the Medill News Service. She reports that Wisconsin’s Native American tribes are taking aggressive steps against the coronavirus, allowing residents to weather the pandemic better than tribes in other states.
Native Americans account for about 1% of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 cases, which is proportional to their share of the state’s population. That’s far different from the breakdown in New Mexico (55% of cases, 10% of the state population) or Wyoming (more than 33% of cases, 3% of the state population), Ali reports.
“Wisconsin’s tribal communities acted quickly to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 among their members, with most instating stay-at-home orders similar to what Gov. Tony Evers had in place before the state Supreme Court struck it down in May. They also promoted social distancing and use of masks early on, closely following the CDC’s recommendations,” Ali reports. “Though Wisconsin does not currently have an enforceable, statewide emergency order in place, most of the state’s tribal communities do as positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise on and off reservations.”
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday reported 703 new cases of COVID-19, with 10.1% of tests returning positive. The department reported two new deaths in a pandemic that has reportedly killed 846.
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