Investigation: How the CDC failed to help local public health officials confront COVID-19 — 9/16/20

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Today we highlight a USA Today investigation revealing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s failure to guide local public health officials in their fight against coronavirus, which has been detected in more than 6.5 million Americans and killed more than 195,000.

“As the virus raced across America, state and local authorities sought help from the CDC, the $7 billion federal agency established to lead the nation through a pandemic like this. Instead of answers, many received slow, confusing and conflicting information — or no response at all,” report Brett Murphy and Letitia Stein. “… Interviews and records provide the most extensive look yet at how the CDC, paralyzed by bureaucracy, failed to consistently perform its most basic job: giving local public health authorities the guidance needed to save American lives during a pandemic.”

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Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Cecilia Ball of Stillwater, Minnesota, packs her laundry and bags as her mother picks her up to return home from Schroeder Hall at Marquette.

How the CDC failed local public health officials fighting the coronavirusUSA Today

UW-Madison threatens ‘more drastic action’ as experts say COVID-19 outbreak impacting broader communityWisconsin State Journal 

Sheboygan County Board rejects public health ordinance after residents accuse officials of trying to ‘rule’Sheboygan Press 

Some Marquette students are leaving campus after being ordered to quarantine, while those stuck in their rooms wonder: ‘Is this hell?’Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee in-person dining restaurants could jeopardize their license without a COVID-19 safety planWDJT

‘This pandemic is still out here’: How families can prepare for fall and winterMilwaukee Neighborhood News Service 

Advocates call on Brown County to reinstate community COVID-19 testing as cases climbGreen Bay Press-Gazette 

Reversing course, UW-Whitewater says it will punish students for off-campus actionsJanesville Gazette 

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Quotable

“I know we all want to get back to normal. But we will continue to see an increase in cases until folks decide to take this seriously.”

— Gov. Tony Evers in a media briefing Tuesday

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Data to note

We know that when classes are virtual, many Wisconsin students and families lose access to food schools provide. And as the school year starts, some meal sites are closing. Share your experience with News414, Wisconsin Watch’s service journalism collaboration with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and Outlier Media. Click here for details.

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Beloit College recognized nationally for its response to COVIDBeloit Daily News

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