Unveiling Outbreak Wisconsin, scrutinizing contact tracing in Milwaukee — 4/23/20

Today we highlight the first installment of our new collaboration with WPR: Outbreak Wisconsin, which will closely follow Wisconsin residents as they navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic. The first Wisconsinite we’re following: Mariah Clark, who is an emergency nurse and much more.

We also highlight a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about families who say they have not heard from Milwaukee health officials after being exposed to coronavirus, raising questions about the city’s contact tracing efforts. Public health experts have called strong contact tracing a key ingredient needed for Wisconsin to eventually restart public life after its pandemic-induced shutdown.

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers sue to block Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order — 4/21/20

Wisconsin’s GOP-controlled Legislature is asking the state Supreme Court to block Gov. Tony Evers’ order to keep schools and nonessential businesses closed through May 26 during the coronavirus pandemic. The Wisconsin State Journal has the story of Tuesday’s lawsuit, which comes one day after Evers unveiled his “Badger Bounceback” plan to reopen the state in phases if certain criteria are met.

A long year ahead in the coronavirus era — 4/20/20

As Wisconsin and other states consider when and how to relax shutdowns aimed at slowing the coronavirus, we highlight The New York Times’ sweeping look at what more than 20 experts expect in the year ahead.

“Until a vaccine or another protective measure emerges, there is no scenario, epidemiologists agreed, in which it is safe for that many people to suddenly come out of hiding. If Americans pour back out in force, all will appear quiet for perhaps three weeks. Then the emergency rooms will get busy again,” reports Donald G. McNeil Jr.