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October 12, 2020

For Patients And Public Bodies Alike, Making COVID-19 Information Public Can Be Controversial

Amy Shircel, 22, became very sick from COVID-19 and warned others about the virus using social media while a student at UW-Madison.
Sharing information on COVID-19 spread is a critical part of fighting a pandemic: It alerts a community to infections, and keeps others healthy. But thanks to privacy concerns and public perception of the disease, the question of how much information should go public is a contentious and complicated one. Read more »

'Erasure Of 40 Years Of Progress': How The Pandemic Is Affecting Working Women In Wisconsin

Woman helps her sons with online lessons
Women across Wisconsin are confronting difficult job choices as the pandemic continues to disrupt things like child care and K-12 schooling. With no end in sight to the outbreak, many are tasked with balancing their careers and their roles as primary caregivers. Read more »

UW System Approves $212M Plan To Standardize Campus Administrative Functions By 2026

UW System logo
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has approved a $212 million plan to improve administrative functions at the state's 13 universities and 13 branch campuses. The goal is to move human resources, purchasing and payroll from more than 700 different systems into centralized, cloud-based programs in hopes of saving money and redirecting staff resources.  Read more »

Wisconsin Nursing Home Outbreaks May Be Contributing To Limited Hospital Capacity

Eva Davis peaks with her daughters at a nursing home
One positive coronavirus test from a staff member at a nursing home is considered an outbreak by public health officials, a fact that could be putting further strain on Wisconsin hospitals. Read more »

28 People Arrested In Wauwatosa Protest Friday

Protesters march in the street at night
Twenty-eight people were arrested in Friday's protest over the lack of charges against a suburban Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot a Black teen. Read more »

DHS: Percentage Of Positive COVID-19 Tests At 17.6, Tying With All-Time High From Early October

seven students run closely together on a sidewalk while wearing masks
There were 2,742 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 18 new deaths. Read more »

Wisconsin Election Infrastructure Is Mostly Secure — But Inaccurate Counts Are Hard To Catch And Correct

Deputy Clerk Barb Goeckner prepares outgoing absentee ballot envelopes for voters
Wisconsin Watch sought out local and national election experts to answer the question: How secure is election infrastructure in one of the nation’s top swing states? The answers were mixed. Although Wisconsin’s election technology is generally seen as secure, the threats against it remain significant.  Read more »

DHS Reports 2,988 Positive COVID-19 Cases Friday

vehicles can be seen side-by-side as test technicians do various tasks
There were 2,988 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Friday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 16 new deaths. Read more »
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