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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 »

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 »

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 »

With Debate Canceled, Trump And Biden Appear In Dueling Town Halls

President Trump speaks during an NBC News town hall moderated by Savannah Guthrie at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. At
Updated at 11:27 p.m. ET Read more »

Gov. Tony Evers Urges GOP Lawmakers To Act As COVID-19 Cases Again Hit Record High

A man in a face shield and mask hods up a phone to a driver's phone as he manages a line of cars
There were 3,747 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Thursday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 17 new deaths. 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 »

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Declines To 5.4 Percent In September

A shopper wears a face mask as she walks into a department store
Wisconsin's unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in September, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development. That's an improvement from August, but many economists say the state's recovery is moving at a slow pace.  Read more »

Enrollment In Wisconsin Public Schools Drops By 3 Percent Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

a student in a mask rides a bike as a sea of high school students, some wearing masks, exit the school
Enrollment in Wisconsin schools has dropped 3 percent from September 2019 to September 2020, compared to a 0.4 percent drop the year before.  Read more »
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