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Today we highlight the latest installment of our Outbreak Wisconsin collaboration with WPR.
Bridgit Bowden of WPR checks in Amy Moreland. Out of work since mid-March, the Madison bartender is making tough decisions as her $600 in extra weekly unemployment aid — a product of the federal CARES Act stimulus — is set to expire at the end of the month. Moreland and many other jobless Wisconsinites aren’t sure how they’ll get by if Congress declines to renew the program.
“I’m really scared,” she said.
In May, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House passed a $3 trillion coronavirus aid package that would extend the extra $600 payments through January 2021. Senate Republicans have said they oppose this bill, but some say they are open to a short-term extension with reduced payments, NBC News reported Wednesday.
Tony Evers seeks another $250M in state budget cuts to offset pandemic revenue losses — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Public Service Commission will discuss moratorium ahead of Saturday deadline to resume utility shut-offs —Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Mask ordinance passed by one vote, goes into effect July 27 — Journal Times
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported 712 new cases of COVID-19, with 4.8% of tests returning positive. The department reported six new deaths in a pandemic that has reportedly killed 865.
Here are the latest visualizations of COVID-19 cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.
DHS also reported Wednesday that 58 counties have a “high level” of coronavirus activity, a decrease from the 59 counties reported last week.
Click here for more details on how the agency is measuring COVID-19 activity levels. The agency plans to update its data by 2 p.m. each Wednesday.
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Local coalition of volunteers work to meet high demand for face masks — Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin Watch investigations editor Jim Malewitz documented this sign of hope in Madison.
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