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COVID-19
DHS: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)
DHS: Outbreaks in Wisconsin (Updated at 2pm daily)
DWD unemployment COVID-19 stats
Order #18: DCF admin rule suspension
Order #17: DNR admin rule suspension
Order #16: Health Care Providers DSPS credentialing
Order #15: Ban on evictions and foreclosures
Order #14: DOT grocery supply permits
Order #13: DWD minor work permits
Order #12: Safer at Home
Order #11: PSC admin rule suspension
Order #10: DPI admin rule suspension
Order #9: DOC admissions moratorium
Order #8: Updated mass gathering ban

Order #7: DWD unemployment insurance
Order #6: Size of child care settings
Order #5: Prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more
Order #4: Prohibiting mass gatherings of 50 people or more
Order #3: DCF admin rule suspension
Order #2: DOT permits for grocery supply
Order #1: Statewide school closure
Executive Order #72  

Thursday April 2, 2020 - Updated 7:37am

Governor

4:46am
Daily Reporter. Evers' second COVID-19 proposal would cover overruns from job site closings.

Legislative

3:36am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Evers, GOP leaders, signal movement toward state COVID-19 legislation.
3:32am
Cap Times. Wisconsin Republicans: COVID-19 package in progress, unclear when action will come.

Economy/Business

4:13am
Various Dairy Groups. Call on USDA to expedite emergency assistance during COVID-19 crisis. Letter to USDA Sec. Perdue.
4:07am
Boardman & Clark. IRS clarifies documentation required for FFCRA leave and limitations on caretaker leave.

7:37am
CNBC. U.S. weekly jobless claims double to 6.6 million.
4:15am
Reuters. Exclusive: Top U.S. banks may shun small-business rescue plan on liability worries - sources.
4:10am
WKOW. Owners struggle to support staff through unemployment while keeping businesses afloat.
4:10am
WISC. Van Galder Bus Company suspends all services beginning Friday.
3:49am
Lake Geneva Regional News. Faced with an oversupply, dairy farmers start to dump milk.
3:48am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin farmers forced to dump milk as coronavirus slams a fragile dairy economy.
3:40am
Janesville Gazette. Janesville police shutting down 'nonessential' businesses under state COVID-19 rules.
3:40am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Hudson Business Lounge has closed for good.
3:38am
Appleton Post Crescent. Three craft and fabric stores and several CBD shops closed by Grand Chute police.
3:35am
Green Bay Press Gazette. Wisconsin police close craft stores, CBD shops as essential vs. non-essential business debate continues.
3:27am
WTMJ. Wisconsin unemployment rate could hit record high in the next week, economist says.
3:26am
Beloit Daily News. Amazon to open massive Beloit facility in 2020.

Coronavirus

4:25am
DMA. Wisconsin National Guard to assist with polling station staffing, other missions.
4:23am
DMA. Fighting rumors and misinformation-here's what you need to know about the Wisconsin National Guard's role in the COVID-19 response.
4:20am
DMA. Wisconsin's adjutant general discusses the role of the Wisconsin National Guard in the state's COVID-19 response.

5:04am
La Crosse Tribune. As COVID-19 increases, guidance on public use of masks may be shifting.
4:54am
Racine Journal Times. Racine County count up to 36; Waukesha County reports first death.
4:48am
Sheboygan Press. Sheboygan County announces first death from coronavirus.
4:37am
USA Today. More than 1,000 in U.S. die in a single day from coronavirus, doubling the worst daily death toll of the flu.
4:33am
The Hill. Coronavirus creates emergency in nursing homes.
4:18am
Fox 6. 5 more deaths due to COVID-19 in Milwaukee County bring total to 16; 34 statewide.
4:08am
NBC 26. Confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the United states now exceeds 5,000.
4:03am
WFRV. Oconto Co. declares Travel Advisory for residents.
3:58am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin sees largest single-day jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases as doubts grow for 2020 DNC in Milwaukee.
3:54am
Fox 6. Wisconsin health care workers worry limited access to paid leave will allow COVID-19 to spread.
3:46am
AP. Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states.
3:34am
Wisconsin Watch. 'You've been served': Wisconsin hospitals sue patients over debt - even during pandemic.
3:17am
Fox 6. DHS: 25% of Wisconsin COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized.
3:15am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Deaths from coronavirus in Wisconsin tend to be older men with underlying health issues.

Courts

4:26am
Sen. Fitzgerald. Reacts to Evers' statement on April 7 election.
4:24am
Gov. Evers. Statement on upcoming April 7 election.

3:53am
The Hill. Milwaukee mayor says he hopes people don't go to polls during coronavirus pandemic.
3:46am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Judge: Election amid pandemic 'on the hands' of Legislature, governor.
3:45am
The Hill. Judge slams Wisconsin governor, lawmakers for not delaying election amid coronavirus outbreak.
3:44am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Federal judge blisters Gov. Tony Evers and GOP lawmakers for not delaying Wisconsin's election.
3:43am
U.S. News & World Report. Federal judge signals he won't postpone Wisconsin election.
3:42am
LA Times. Coronavirus turned the 2020 presidential race upside down, but not in Wisconsin.
3:32am
Bloomberg. Wisconsin governor asks judge to mandate mail-in voting.
3:25am
Politico. Wisconsin Dems split with governor, support postponing Tuesday elections.
3:24am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Conservative justices decry civil trial suspensions in commitment, parental rights cases.

Education

3:31am
Fox 6. 'Could last into graduation and beyond:' As schools close for the rest of year, MPS evaluates options.
3:29am
Appleton Post Crescent. How long will Wisconsin schools remain shut down because of COVID-19? At least another month, maybe longer.
3:25am
WEAU. UW System launching new EApp electronic application.

Congress

4:05am
U.S. Rep. Steil. Statement on return of Janesville native previously stuck in Peru.

Politics

5:03am
Beloit Daily News. Beloit consolidates all polling places to City Hall for April 7 election.
4:40am
WISC. Former Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl endorses Joe Biden.
4:02am
WBAY. Neenah, De Pere consolidate polling locations due to coronavirus.
3:56am
WUWM. April 7 poll worker shortage worries some Wisconsin Election Commissioners.
3:55am
NBC 15. Madison starts combining polling places; Beloit cuts all but one location.
3:33am
Green Bay Press Gazette. 'Nightmare': Clerks working overtime, but some Wisconsin voters may not get ballots in time.

Wednesday April 1, 2020

Governor

2:21pm
Gov. Evers. Announces second package of comprehensive legilslative proposals providing COVID-19 relief and support.

Legislative

4:52pm
Sen. Ringhand. Waive the waiting period for unemployment insurance.
1:25pm
LFB. State funding under Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
1:23pm
Sen. Feyen. Statement on COVID-19 legislative action.
11:10am
Bell Ambulance. Memo to Gov. Evers, Legislature regarding federal stimulus funds.
4:04am
Rep. Sanfelippo. Elections Commission fails to investigate clear violations by county clerks.
3:50am
Rep. Zamarripa. Statement on Cesar Chavez Day.

1:35pm
Fox 6. Wisconsin Republicans support waiving unemployment waiting period.
3:02am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin health officials warn lawmakers of surging Medicaid costs caused by coronavirus outbreak.

State Agencies

3:20pm
DNR. Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approves 2020 migratory bird hunting season framework and regulations.
2:16pm
DATCP. Advocates for dairy industry amid milk disposal concerns. Letter to USDA Sec. Perdue.
12:26pm
WHEDA. Today is Census Day.
8:12am
DATCP. Keep Your Kids Safe newsletter April 2020.

Economy/Business

2:24pm
Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative. Takes action to help employers.
2:12pm
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Dane County, Dane Buy Local partner to launch $250,000 Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program.
1:53pm
Milwaukee Mayor Barrett. Meets with local bankers to promote cooperative efforts that address local economic challenges.
12:50pm
Kewaunee County. Temporarily suspends payments owed to revolving loan fund. Order.
12:48pm
Racine Mayor Mason. City of Racine deploys relief to support small businesses.
12:27pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Wisconsin small businesses can start applying for new SBA loans to help during coronvirus pandemic on April 3.
12:21pm
DWD. February local employment and unemployment data released.
11:07am
T-Mobile. Completes merger with Sprint to create the new T-Mobile.
9:02am
Tavern League of Wisconsin. C.H.E.E.R.S. Wisconsin.

1:45pm
Reuters. U.S. manufacturing contracts; private payrolls post first drop since 2017.
1:34pm
Oshkosh Northwestern. Tavern lobby asks lawmakers to allow bars to deliver alcohol to homes during coronavirus shutdown.
1:30pm
Cap Times. Until further notice: Madison businesses struggle to deal with the coronavirus fallout.
8:16am
Reuters. U.S. small businesses wait impatiently for government aid that could be slow to come.
8:14am
Daily Reporter. Survey suggests pandemic draining vigor from Midwest economy.
4:33am
Fox 6. Tourism-dependent counties in Wisconsin hard hit by coronavirus. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
3:56am
WQOW. Pandemic hurting Eau Claire tourism industry.
3:42am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Wisconsin Center District could lose millions if DNC is canceled or shortened, CEO says.
3:34am
Wisconsin Dells Events. Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells postpones reopening to May.
3:25am
WAOW. Wisconsin dairy farmers feel the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.
3:21am
Green Bay Press Gazette. Wisconsin real estate industry adopts virtual viewings, cleaning protocols to reduce contact as market stays strong.
3:15am
CBS News. Millions wait for jobless pay as state agencies overwhelmed by claims.
3:14am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Unemployment agency tallies 160 calls per second; phone lines overwhelmed; DWD asks that jobless claims be submitted online.
3:00am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsinites in limbo as state unemployment system overwhelmed.

Coronavirus

2:41pm
OCI. Commissioner urges Wisconsinites to watch out for COVID-19 insurance scams.
1:33pm
DSPS. Releases PPE training modules for police, wastewater works and other public sector employees.
12:20pm
Badger Institute. Analysis: Governor, courts shift virus risks, responsibilities onto county jails.
10:27am
Wisconsin Bankers Association. Paycheck protection program: Beware scammers claiming easy access to money.
10:25am
Sen. Smith. Column: Stay Safer at Home.
8:12am
Crisis Preveniton Institute. As coronavirus axiety grows, public advised how to-descalate stressful situations.
8:09am
Rep. Dittrich. Calls on Evers, WI Department of Health for greater transparency.
4:01am
Kruger Family Industries, Trienda. And Penda collaborate to address urgent hospital bed shortage due to COVID-19 pandemic.
3:54am
Gov. Evers. Announces additional shipment of Personal Protective Equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile.

2:29pm
Fox 6. Largest 1-day case increase: 1,550 positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin, 18K+ negative, 30 deaths.
1:58pm
Politico. Social distancing guidelines will likely be in place beyond April, surgeon general says.
1:54pm
WISC. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpass 1,500 in Wisconsin.
1:39pm
WTMJ. 14th coronavirus death in Milwaukee County.
10:21am
Poynter. Lee Enterprises announces pay cuts and furloughs.
3:55am
WKBT. Officials say reducing COVID-19 cases depends on community cooperation.
3:40am
WTMJ. 'I have to use the word when rather than if': Milwaukee officials warn of surge in coronavirus cases.
3:26am
Fox 6. Milwaukee County leads in COVID-19 deaths as governor requests emergency declaration.
3:24am
AP. Experts say virus could kill up to 240,000 Americans.
3:22am
CNBC. CDC says diabetes, lung disease, heart disease and smoking may increase risk of severe coronavirus illness.
3:21am
WSAW. Essential workers want central Wisconsin to stay home. Data suggests the public isn't listening.
3:18am
WBAY. Wisconsin opening voluntary COVID-19 isolation centers in Green Bay, Oshkosh.
3:17am
Kenosha News. Wisconsin launches child care portal; providers warn crisis could 'decimate' strained system.
3:05am
WKOW. Two more Dane County deputies test positive or COVID-19.
3:00am
WSAW. Adams County asks visitors to stay home, announces camping changes.

Statewide

9:56am
Wisconsin AFL-CIO. President Stephanie Bloomingdale named to Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business and Labor.

Courts

10:09am
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin. Lewis v. Knudson - amicus brief of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.
3:49am
Speaker Vos. Unanimous decision on photo ID requirement for absentee voters.

10:31am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Judge signals he will expand voting but not delay Wisconsin's election amid coronavirus outbreak.
8:15am
U.S. News & World Report. Judge rules against conservative think tank in Evers lawsuit.
4:28am
Courthouse News Service. Wisconsin Supreme Court orders county clerk to follow absentee voter ID rules. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Education

3:57pm
UW-Platteville. Shop staff creates face shields for area health care workers.
3:56pm
UW-Platteville. Pioneers answer the call for help.
3:47pm
Wisconsin Association of School Boards. Statement on false rumor about students needing to repeat school year.
2:41pm
UW-Stout. Club management student group named national chapter of the year.
12:24pm
UW System. To launch new EApp electronic application.
3:43am
DPI Supt. Stanford Taylor. During trying times, Wisconsin's libraries continue providing.

2:56am
RiverTowns. UWRF, CVTC join the fight against the new coronavirus.
2:55am
Wisconsin Public Radio. State schools superintendent: Closing indefinitely is uncharted territory for K-12 schools.

Local

12:14pm
Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway. Statement on transportation in regards to COVID-19.
4:05am
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Calls council vote on F-35A opposition "tone-deaf."

Congress

3:18pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. And Senate colleagues call for social security recipients to get CARES Act direct cash assistance without having to file tax return.
1:27pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Blasts Trump for blocking millions of Americans from accessing affordable health insurance amid pandemic.

3:04am
The Hill. Wisconsin Republican says U.S. must not rely on China for critical supplies.
2:53am
Wisconsin Public Radio. (Audio) Baldwin discusses federal coronavirus stimulus package.

Politics

3:55pm
Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley endorses.
1:28pm
RPW. ICYMI: Jill Karofsky's campaign is built on a dangerous lie.
12:23pm
Priorities USA Action. Extends and expands ad buy, launches Biden vs. Trump contrast ads.
12:18pm
Marquette University. New Marquette Law School poll finds strong support for coronavirus closings, even as it shows substantial economic impact.
12:16pm
Bugenhagen for District II Court of Appeals. Statement on Neubauer's misleading ads.
11:11am
Wisconsin Voices. An urgent call to uphold values of access, safety, and equity.
10:04am
Wisconsin Elections Commission. Absentee ballot requests for April 7 exceed 1 million.
9:00am
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Marsy's Law creates unfunded government mandates that jeopardize constitutional rights.
8:57am
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Call on Judge Neubauer to retract ad attacking opponent for work defending those charged with crimes.
8:10am
Roys for 26th Senate. More local leaders endorse.
4:07am
Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Ethics complaint filed against WMC and RSLC over "Pants on Fire" ad.

2:28pm
The Hill. Majority of Wisconsin voters don't think Democratic convention should go on as planned: poll.
2:26pm
NBC News. Wisconsin, facing heavy criticism, plans Tuesday primary despite coronavirus.
1:42pm
Fox 11. Poll: Wisconsin voters concerned about coronavirus, support containment measures.
1:30pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Marquette poll shows 9% unemployment, support for COVID-19 measures.
9:59am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gov. Evers to use National Guard members to work the polls amid massive shortage of workers.
8:13am
Washington Post. Wisconsin goes it alone, holding elections next week amid fears of infection and voting chaos.
4:26am
EagleHerald Extra. Virus shifts Nygren's political plans.
3:59am
WISN. Milwaukee will consolidate polling locations to fewer than 12.
3:52am
WEAU. Marsy's Law amendment on the ballot in Wisconsin.
3:36am
Politico. Biden: Difficult to imagine having Democratic convention as scheduled.
3:35am
Fox 6. 'Apply the law as it exists:' FOX6 News talks with Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Dan Kelly.
3:13am
Politico. Coronavirus crashes the Wisconsin primary.
2:57am
Wisconsin State Journal. Biden endorses pair of Wisconsin school referendums.
2:52am
Cap Times. Wisconsin municipalities report significant poll workers shortages for April 7 election. WSAW.
2:51am
Stevens Point Journal. Lack of poll workers across Wisconsin, flood of absentee ballots spark fears votes will go uncounted.