Today we highlight a story by Madeline Heim, a former Wisconsin Watch intern who now reports for the Appleton Post-Crescent. She details residents’ long road to recovery from a coronavirus infection — even for those who do not end up in the hospital.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday declared a public health emergency and issued a statewide mask mandate for most buildings in a state where the coronavirus has infected more than 52,000 people and killed more than 900.
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.
A survey of 70 rural Wisconsin school districts found that most plan to offer in-person classes during the fall — with no mask-wearing requirements or plans to perform temperature screenings, Rob Mentzer reports for WPR.
Today we feature a story by Bram Sable-Smith, reporting for WPR and Wisconsin Watch, on the feds’ blessing for Wisconsin to distribute pandemic unemployment payments to hundreds of Wisconsin residents with disabilities.
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.
The board of directors of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has welcomed four new members, expressed gratitude to four departing members and elected Malcolm Brett, emeritus director of Wisconsin Public Media, as its new chair.
Today we highlight a story by Mark Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that offers a sobering assessment from scientists: Even a vaccine may never completely eliminate COVID-19, and the virus may continue to circulate in populations in some form — as does influenza.
Today we highlight our latest investigation. APM Reports journalists Tom Scheck and Geoff Hing joined Wisconsin Watch Managing Editor Dee J. Hall in examining why more than 23,000 Wisconsin absentee ballots did not count in the April election. Hundreds of thousands more voters than normal chose mail-in voting because of the pandemic.
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.