CNN: Wisconsin’s governor makes face coverings mandatory in indoor spaces

CNN: Wisconsin’s governor makes face coverings mandatory in indoor spaces. “Wisconsin is one of the latest states to require citizens to wear a face covering when they’re indoors in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency and issued an emergency order mandating people wear a face covering when not in a private residence, according to a statement from his office.”

Wisconsin Budget Project: New online database shows law enforcement spending in individual communities (WisBusiness) (PRESS RELEASE)

WisBusiness: Wisconsin Budget Project: New online database shows law enforcement spending in individual communities (PRESS RELEASE). “Local governments in Wisconsin — including cities, villages, towns, and counties — spend more than $2 billion a year on law enforcement and related costs like jails. Black community leaders have called on policymakers to put that money to better use, shifting resources away from law enforcement and towards mental health services, housing, job assistance, and other services that strengthen communities. Now, a new online database from the Wisconsin Budget Project allows residents to look up spending on law enforcement and related costs for Wisconsin’s largest 100 cities and all 72 counties, and see how that amount compares to public spending for other other purposes.”

Green Bay Press Gazette: As giant retailers dominate online shopping, Wisconsin small businesses turn to new searchable database to draw customers

Green Bay Press Gazette: As giant retailers dominate online shopping, Wisconsin small businesses turn to new searchable database to draw customers. “Hundreds of small-business owners in Wisconsin, walloped by a pandemic that sent shoppers online more than ever, can now attract customers through a new state website. Main Street Marketplace went live Tuesday morning with a searchable, sortable database of more than 230 small businesses in 34 Main Street Communities, according to Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the state’s business support and recruitment agency.”

‘We have to test more people’: Wisconsin expands coronavirus testing for African American, Latino and tribal communities (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ‘We have to test more people’: Wisconsin expands coronavirus testing for African American, Latino and tribal communities. “All African Americans, Latinos and tribal community members in Wisconsin will have access to free COVID-19 testing under a plan announced Thursday by Gov. Tony Evers. Evers’ plan is an effort to combat the staggering racial and ethnic disparities Wisconsin and many other states are facing when it comes to COVID-19 cases and deaths.”

WSAW: New website and app to help navigate COVID-19 pandemic

WSAW: New website and app to help navigate COVID-19 pandemic. ” Faculty and staff at UW-Madison put together a new website and app to help people navigate through COVID-19. It’s called COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect and there are resources to help people find accurate information, mental health resources and talk with other Wisconsinites about their pandemic experience.”

PBS Newshour: 52 people who worked or voted in Wisconsin election have COVID-19

PBS Newshour: 52 people who worked or voted in Wisconsin election have COVID-19. “There are no plans to postpone or otherwise alter a special congressional election in Wisconsin that is less than two weeks away, even though more than 50 people who voted in person or worked the polls during the state’s presidential primary this month have tested positive for COVID-19. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to change the April 7 election so that it would be conducted entirely by mail, but he was blocked by the Republican-led Legislature and conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court.”

WUWM: 40 Coronavirus Cases In Milwaukee County Linked To Wisconsin Election, Health Official Says

WUWM: 40 Coronavirus Cases In Milwaukee County Linked To Wisconsin Election, Health Official Says. “Forty people in Milwaukee County may have become infected with the coronavirus as a result of participating in Wisconsin elections on April 7. Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik says data is still being analyzed to show the connection between more people that may have contracted COVID-19 due to election activities, like being a poll worker or voting in person, earlier this month. Kowalik hopes the data will be finalized by May 1.”

WISN: Wisconsin Republicans sue governor over stay-at-home order

WISN: Wisconsin Republicans sue governor over stay-at-home order. “Republican leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature are asking the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court to block an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration extending a stay-at-home order until May 27.” Note that research has already linked seven cases of coronavirus to Wisconsin’s election day..

NBC News: 7 Wisconsin virus cases linked to in-person voting, health official says

NBC News: 7 Wisconsin virus cases linked to in-person voting, health official says. “Officials have identified seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus through activities related to the April 7 election in Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s health commissioner said. Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik said six of the cases involve Milwaukee voters and one is a Milwaukee poll worker, the Journal Sentinel reported.”

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin: PSC and DPI Announce Emergency Internet Finder

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin: PSC and DPI Announce Emergency Internet Finder. I am linking to the page where the news release is because the news release itself is a PDF and the link to display the news release is in JavaScript. Yes, really. “On Tuesday, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced a new web tool that can assist users in finding free-to-use public broadband locations in their area. These ‘Emergency Internet’ locations are for when a user’s own internet is too slow or not available. While many of the identified location buildings are closed to the public, their Wi-Fi connections remain accessible. Users should stay in their vehicles while accessing the Wi-Fi and only use it long enough to access critical services.”

WMTV: New website initiative connects Wisconsin volunteers and organizations amid COVID-19

WMTV: New website initiative connects Wisconsin volunteers and organizations amid COVID-19. “A new website in the state is helping to connect volunteers and organizations in Wisconsin to address pressing needs during the coronavirus outbreak. The United Way of Wisconsin, Serve Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association created the COVID-19 Response initiative on the Volunteer Wisconsin website.”

Milwaukee: UWM Archive is Chronicling Milwaukee’s Coronavirus Experience for History

Milwaukee: UWM Archive is Chronicling Milwaukee’s Coronavirus Experience for History. “The site’s goal is to memorialize how Milwaukee experienced this global pandemic. Cantwell and one of his classes have taken on the task of curating submissions and material for the collection. They are enlisting the help of every Milwaukeean who wants to contribute something to the archive, be it photographs of shuttered businesses, notifications from employers, personal stories, examples of social distancing in the community, and anything else that records the strange times around us.”