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Afternoon News 

October 16, 2020

Some Counties, Overwhelmed By COVID-19 Cases, Ask Patients To Help With Contact Tracing

COVID-19 contact tracers work at a Houston public health office.
With caseloads rising, and notification times lagging, some counties are asking those with positive COVID-19 results to help by telling those they might have infected. Read more »

DHS Reports Another Record Day For COVID-19 Cases, Before Pausing Updates For The Weekend

a man in a mask lifts a piece of plexiglass above a desk
There were 3,861 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Friday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 21 new deaths. Read more »

College Enrollment Down By 5.7 Percent In Midwest According To National Data

two people sit at a picnic table outdoors. a residence hall can be seen in the background.
New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that first-time freshmen enrollments are down by an average of 16 percent across higher education. The only enrollment growth reported came from for-profit, private colleges.  Read more »

Wisconsin Advocates Worry Abrupt End To 2020 Census Will Lead To Incomplete, Flawed Data

202 census letter mailed to US household
Census officials say 99.9 percent of Wisconsin households were counted in the 2020 Census. But advocates worry COVID-19 delays and an abrupt end to the count will lead to inaccuracies.  Read more »

Man From Wisconsin Dells Charged In Michigan Plot


A Wisconsin man has been charged in what authorities describe as a scheme to storm Michigan's Capitol building and kidnap officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  Read more »

Marshfield Study Will Track COVID-19 In Rural Communities

Dr. Sabrina Solt conducts an appointment-only drive-thru COVID-19 swab test
A large-scale study in central Wisconsin will track the spread of COVID-19 in rural populations. The Marshfield Clinic Research Institute received a $4 million grant from the CDC to conduct the study.   Read more »
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