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October 6, 2020

In Wisconsin, 2020 May Hinge On The Youth Vote — And Some Are Optimistic That Young Adults Will Turn Out

a man in a mask sits outdoors at a table as a poll worker in a face shield gives instructions
Young voters have historically turned out in much lower numbers than older voting blocs — but some organizations and teachers are betting on their political involvement to help shape the 2020 election.  Read more »

Many Electric Co-ops Resumed Disconnections As Utilities Were Prevented From Shutting Off Power

 Watt-hour meters track electricity used by residents of an apartment building.
WHYsconsin was recently asked what protections people have in regards to utility shutoffs or fees associated with late payments if the utility is a co-op, and how a crucial service that is also the only option for customers can be exempt from the moratorium. Read more »

Even In COVID Hot Spots, Many Colleges Aren't Aggressively Testing Students

Even For Colleges In COVID-19 Hot Spots, Many Lack Aggressive Testing Plans
Of the colleges and universities that have chosen to hold classes in person this fall, most are not conducting widespread testing of their students for the coronavirus, an NPR analysis has found. Read more »

Judge Questions Need For Court To Rule On Mask Mandate

Judge Michael Waterman
A judge hearing the lawsuit over Wisconsin's statewide mask mandate repeatedly asked a lawyer for conservatives at a Monday hearing why he should block the mandate when the Legislature has decided not to. "They could do it tomorrow if they wanted to," said St. Croix County Judge Michael Waterman. Read more »

Dominant Packers Prepare For Monday Night Football At Empty Lambeau Field

Clouds and a blue sky can be seen behind Lambeau Field
The Green Bay Packers (3-0) will host the Atlanta Falcons (0-3) for Monday Night Football at Lambeau Field. There'll be no fans. Read more »

DHS: 1,696 New COVID-19 Cases Monday

A social distancing sign is hung on a locker in Baldwin, N.Y.
There were 1,696 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Monday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were four new deaths. Read more »

Dane County Surpasses April Pandemic Peak For COVID-19 Hospitalizations

A nurse pulls a ventilator into an exam room where a patient with COVID-19 went into cardiac arrest
As Wisconsin breaks records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, hospitals are transferring patients, restricting visitors and preparing for what could soon be a tipping point in the pandemic. Read more »

State Epidemiologist: Local Health Departments 'Cracking Under The Strain' Of Coronavirus Spread

Contact tracing notes on a smartphone
Dr. Ryan Westergaard said the state needs to double contact-tracing staff at local health departments and expand testing for asymptomatic people to slow the spread of the virus. Read more »
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