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COVID-19 
Executive Order #82: Declaring Public Health Emergency
Emergency Order #1: Requiring face coverings  FAQ
DHS: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)
DHS: Outbreaks in Wisconsin (Updated at 2pm daily)
DHS: COVID-19: Facility-wide public health investigations
DHS: COVID-19: Wisconsin deaths
DHS: COVD-19: Activity level by region and county
WHA: Situational awareness update
League of Wisconsin Municipalities: Emergency Orders-Plans - Local
UW System: COVID-19 Dashboard

Friday September 18, 2020 - Updated 7:12pm

Governor

4:43pm
Sen. Kapenga. It's about time!
3:20pm
Gov. Evers. Asks for resignation of Workforce Development Secretary. 

4:07am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Baldwin, Evers: Funding promised by Trump to help Kenosha can't be used to rebuild. 

Budget

2:21pm
Rep. Nygren. DNR's budget request fails to address PFAS contamination. 

3:08am
Cap Times. State superintendent says DPI budget proposal will include increases in mental health, special education funding. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Legislative

4:06pm
Wisconsin Grocers Association. Senator Cowles receives "Friend of Grocers" award. 
1:17pm
Joint Audit Co-Chairs Cowles, Kerkman. Audit assess IT needs assesment, procurement, and security. 
11:51am
LAB. Report 20-12: Master Lease Program. Briefing Sheet. Highlights. 
11:50am
LAB. Report 20-11: IT needs assessment, procurement, and security (DOA). Briefing Sheet. Highlights. 
11:49am
LAB. Report 20-10: IT needs assessment, procurement, and security (UW System). Briefing Sheet. Highlights
10:15am
Sen. Marklein. Column: Hunting: An important social distancing activity. 

11:23am
Wisconsin State Journal. State committee extends suspension of unemployment work search requirements. 

State Agencies

3:15pm
DOJ. Sheboygan County nuse charged with medical assistance fraud while failing to provide care to frail toddler. 
9:10am
DHS. Wisconsin awarded $16.7 million federal grant to counter addictions to opioids and stimulants. 
3:48am
PSC. Votes to extend the COVID-19 utility disconnection moratorium to November 1. 

3:36am
WKBT. Wisconsin PSC extends moratorium on disconnecting utilities to Nov. 1. 
3:06am
U.S. News & World Report. DNR estimates wolf population up about 13%.

Economy/Business

10:14am
Business Health Care Group, The Alliance, WMC. New research shows wide hospital price disparities in Wisconsin, high prices. 

11:25am
CNBC. Metrics show consumers pulling back on spending in September as Congress debates second stimulus. 
11:24am
USA Today. 'This is going to bankrupt me': Americans rack up $45B worth of medical debt in collections. 
3:23am
Kenosha News. White House trade advisor says Foxconn project 'will bear great fruit.' Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
3:22am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Bars, restaurants near UW-Madison express mixed feelings about return of big ten football. 
3:10am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Wisconsin added 16,700 private sector jobs in August. Wisconsin Public Radio. 
3:01am
Fox 6. Milwaukee restaurants, bars adapt to COVID-19 safety changes. 

Coronavirus

11:52am
Sen. Hansen. Statement: The passing of Heidi Hussli. 
9:08am
Milwaukee Health Department. Phase 4.1 order update. 
3:49am
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Statement: Passing of Wisconsin teacher due to COVID-19. 

2:58pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin breaks record of daily positive cases for third day in less than a week. 
1:21pm
NBC 15. Dane Co. average COVID-19 cases per day nearly doubles since last week. 
1:07pm
AP. CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash. 
3:47am
Green Bay Press Gazette. Bay Port teacher dies after being hospitalized with COVID-19, Howard-Suamico School District says. 
3:46am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. New coronavirus cases reach all-time high of 2,000 as young people, schools drive surge. 
3:45am
WISN. COVID-19 cases spike in young adults, experts say they're from college campuses. 
3:43am
WEAU. The 20-29 age group continues to lead Eau Claire County in COVID-19 cases. 
3:40am
WXOW. Nursing homes, care facilities seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. 
3:16am
The Hill. Controversial CDC guidelines were written by HHS officials, not scientists: reports. 
3:13am
The Hill. Second GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus. 
3:00am
Fox 6. 'Worse it's ever been:' Wisconsin sees record virus case increase. 
2:59am
WXPR. Forest County case rate jumps to 1002, nearly double the second highest county case rate. 

Statewide

3:13am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Decision in Blake case approaches, in a process born of another Kenosha police shooting. 

Courts

12:26pm
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Judge ruled DPI violated state law in release of 2019 school choice data. 

3:00pm
WKOW. La Crosse man files suit against governor, city clerk over mask order. 
3:03am
U.S. News &  World Report. U.S. judge blocks postal service changes that slowed mail. 

Education

7:12pm
UW System. Statement on UW-River Falls mitigation steps. 
4:06pm
UW-Platteville. Foundation covers application fees for prospective students. 
1:18pm
WIAC. Fall semester COVID-19 update. 
12:05pm
UW-Madison. 13th among public universities in Wall Street Journal rankings. 
3:28am
UW-Stevens Point. Wausau internship gives wildlife ecology major insights into black bears. 
3:27am
UW-Stevens Point. CWES offering weekend family camps this fall. 

1:19pm
WEAU. WIAC suspends all winter sports through December 31st, 2020. 
4:04am
Baraboo News Republic. Baraboo School District refuses to disclose number of COVID-19 cases. 
3:44am
WISN. 119 students, 10 teachers in quarantine after exposure to coronavirus. 
3:38am
Wisconsin State Journal. Edgewood College reports 'spike' in COVID-19 cases, pauses athletics. 
3:25am
WKOW. Argyle Schools closed on Friday after staff member tested positive for COVID-19. 
3:24am
WKOW. Markesan School District temporarily closing following 'dramatic rise' in COVID-19 cases. 
3:12am
WQOW. Health department not recommending UWEC closure. 

Local

3:23pm
RYDE. Transit system to reinstitute paid service starting Monday, September 28th. 
2:55pm
Milwaukee County Exec. Crowley. Applauds Milwaukee County Audit Committee's approval of Jeffery Roman's appointment as Director of the Office on African-American Affairs. 
2:54pm
Milwaukee County Exec. Crowley. Applauds Milwaukee County Health and Human Needs Committee for approving Shakita LaGrant-McClain's appointment as Director of Health and Human Services. 

10:13am
Portage Daily Register. Heather Gove appointed as county HHS director, Chairman Vern Gove abstains. 
4:09am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Groups contend county could face criminal charges for attempts to regulate large swine farms. 

Congress

4:28pm
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Klobuchar. Urge online platforms to take additional measures to stop voting related misinformation and disinformation. 
2:17pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. To DHS IG: Investigate alleged forced hysterectomies at ICE facility. 
9:09am
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Rubio. Bipartisan resolution for National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. 

1:21pm
WISC. Sec. of State Pompeo to speak at Wisconsin State Capitol next week. 
3:26am
U.S. Rep. Gallagher. Introduces the NERD Act. 
3:06am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A GOP colleague questions Sen. Ron Johnson's investigation of Joe Biden. 

Politics

3:50am
Zunker for 7th Congress. President Trump and Rep. Tom Tiffany risk Wisconsin lives with campaign visits to Marathon County. 
3:49am
RPW. Statement welcoming President Trump to Wisconsin. 

4:17am
AP. Trump heats up culture war in appeal to Wisconsin voters. 
4:12am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 'A fundraiser of unusual size': Princess Bride reunion raises $4.25 million for Wisconsin Democrats. 
3:43am
WBAY. Concerns over counting absentee ballots. 
3:26am
USA Today. Russia 'very active' in 2020 election; antifa not a terror group, FBI director testifies. 
3:24am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Trump announces aid to farmers at Mosinee rally. 
3:19am
USA Today. Trump seeks to energize rural voters key to 2016 success in Wisconsin campaign rally. 
3:09am
Cap Times. Wisconsin Democrats' high-profile fundraisers continue Thursday with stars of 'Parks and Rec.'
3:02am
WSAW. Congressional candidate Zunker says Trump rally is dangerous due to COVID cases. 

Thursday September 17, 2020

Governor

10:02am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. And Governor Tony Evers call on President Trump to keep his promise to deliver federal funding for Kenosha to rebuild. 

Legislative

3:59pm
Sen. Larson. Applauds Superintendent Stanford Taylor's vision for Wisconsin's public schools. 
2:26pm
Rep. Vruwink. Alice in Dairyland to tour Town of Plymouth farms. 
2:24pm
Assembly Democrats. Letter to WI Congressional Delegation regarding Georgia whistleblower complaint. 

State Agencies

2:41pm
DNR. A new method to count wolves, a better fit for Wisconsin. 
2:39pm
WEDC. And PSC to launch new broadband technical assistance pilot. 
1:02pm
AG Kaul. Joins 22-state coalition urging USDA to remove bureaucratic barriers threatening SNAP during pandemic. 
1:01pm
DOJ. UPDATE: Investigation of shooting in Mayville, Wis. 
12:20pm
DMA. One Huey - two intersecting lives. 
11:01am
DATCP. Increases consumer protection service access to Milwaukee area. 
9:47am
DMA. Madison-based Black Hawk unit receives Meritorious Unit Commendation for work on recent overseas deployment. 
9:21am
DNR. Offers robust statewide CWD testing. 
9:15am
ETF. And DFI awarded $100,000 grant to build employee financial wellness program. 
6:20am
DOJ. Investigation of shooting in Mayville, Wis. 

4:01am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Milwaukee County defers accepting $15 million for youth detention center renovation. 
3:37am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin Elections Commission: 19 reported cases of possible fraud over nearly 2 years. 

Economy/Business

1:41pm
Foxconn. "Tops off" 100-foot -high performance computing data center globe. 
12:21pm
Focus on Energy. Fuller's Milker Center butters up energy efficiency and receives honor. 
12:18pm
DWD. BLS data: Wisconsin's unemployment rate falls to 6.2 percent; over 34,000 total non-farm jobs added in August. 

9:12am
Reuters. U.S. weekly jobless claims stuck at higher levels. 
3:42am
WISN. Lawmaker critical of Evers' handling of Wisconsin unemployment backlog. 
3:39am
WSAW. National aluminum shortage hits manufacturers, distributors. 

Coronavirus

2:37pm
La Crosse Tribune. State: La Crosse County posts 110 new cases. 
2:32pm
Oshkosh Northwestern. Nearly 1,000 inmates, more than 200 staff in Wisconsin prisons have tested positive for coronavirus. 
2:31pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin sets new daily record of 2,034 COVID-19 cases. 
9:05am
La Crosse Tribune. 122 more cases in La Crosse County -- fastest rise in cases in U.S. 
9:05am
Oshkosh Northwestern. COVID hospitalizations have spiked in the Fox Valley. Health officials warn if behavior doesn't change, we could be in for a tough fall. 
4:34am
WISC. Masks will be required in Dane County, even if statewide mandate expires. 
4:31am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin COVID-19 cases rise as September spike hits college towns.
4:14am
WQOW. Menomonie City Council to consider COVID ordinances. 
4:02am
Fox 11. With less than two weeks to go, it's unclear of the state mask mandate will be extended. 
4:00am
Fox 9. COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Cases increase 52% over the last 2 weeks, 4th highest rate in U.S. 
3:58am
Politico. Trump contradicts his CDC director over masks, vaccine timeline. 
3:52am
Fox 11. COVID-19 cases among college-aged adults on a rapid rise in Wisconsin. 
3:49am
Spectrum News. Uptick on COVID-19 cases a point of reflection for community. 
3:46am
WISC. Over 1.5K more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Wisconsin as 11.5% of new tests come back positive. 
3:45am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. County Administration Committee approves health orders ordinance. 
3:44am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Wisconsin counties top the nation in fastest-rising cases: NYT.
3:41am
Wisconsin Public Radio. (Audio) State Corrections head discusses COVID-19 in prisons. 

Environment/Outdoors

4:18am
Wisconsin State Journal. Study finds more human than animal waste in Southwest Wisconsin wells. 

Statewide

1:05pm
Security Health Plan. Wisconsin residents may qualify for national emergency Special Enrollment Period. 
10:01am
Wisconsin Policy Forum. Wisconsin property taxes and values both on the rise in latest data. 

4:28am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  'A sobering reminder': Wisconsin had 52 victims of domestic violence homicide last year, and experts fear those numbers are growing.

Courts

6:11am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. St. Ambrose Academy v. Parisi - Petitioners' motion to strike respondents' motion to vacate the temporary injunction and dismiss the actions or in the alternative to stay the injunction. 
6:10am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. James v. Heinrich, WCRIS v. Heinrich, St. Ambrose Academy v. Parisi - order. 

3:53am
WKOW. State Supreme Court schedules arguments in Dane County school order case for December. 

Education

4:01pm
Edgewood College. A spike in positive cases. 
2:25pm
UW-Eau Claire. Foundation selling radio station license. 
12:22pm
DPI Supt. Stanford Taylor. Remarks as prepared for delivery for 2020 Virtual State of Education Address. 
11:02am
UW-Madison. F.H. King group provides students, local community with fresh produce despite pandemic. 
9:01am
UW-Stout. Graduate caring for trauma patients, pursuing physician assistant license. 
6:08am
Public Health Madison & Dane County. Statement about decision to hold Badger football games. 

2:36pm
WAOW. Port Edwards Elementary School closed because of COVID-19. 
9:03am
Wisconsin Public Radio. 'I really didn't feel comfortable going back': Some Wisconsin teachers quit, or retire early, due to COVID-19 concerns. 
4:41am
USA Today. With COVID-19 complicating enrollment counts, public schools brace for impact on funding.
4:33am
CBS 58. Coronavirus cases at 19 schools in Washington and Ozaukee counties. 
4:15am
NBC 15. Beloit College to test all students weekly for COVID-19. 
4:15am
WBAY. Dozens of COVID-19 cases confirmed at St. Norbert College, infected students quarantined at area hotel. 
4:13am
WKBT. Just three days into in-person classes, West Salem transitioning back to virtual learning. 
3:52am
Chicago Tribune. COVID-19 cases have plummeted at Notre Dame since a two-week campus shutdown. Can that work for other universities struggling to contain the virus's spread? 
3:50am
WKOW. Vast majority of UW-Madison students who test positive for COVID-19 show symptoms. 
3:43am
WISN. Elementary school shutdown, ordered to quarantine after three positive cases. 

Local

1:04pm
Milwaukee County Exec. Crowley. Announces Small Business Initiative Grants and Community Resource Navigator Employment Program. 
12:16pm
Spectrum. Announces $60,000 in Spectrum Digital Education Grants to further digital literacy in Milwaukee. 

10:00am
Baraboo News Republic. Sauk County hires its first county administrator. 
9:13am
AP. 300 and counting: Push by feds to arrest in U.S. protests.
3:39am
U.S. News & World Report. Fire chief: Damage from Kenosha unrest tops $11 million. 

Congress

12:17pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Leads bipartisan effort in urging action to address practices of pharmaceutical companies undermining 340B Program. 
11:00am
U.S. Rep. Tiffany. Introduces bill to scrap "One China Policy," resume normal ties with Taiwan. 
6:08am
U.S. Reps. Gallagher, Kind. Introduce bill to support family farmers and strengthen Wisconsin dairy. 

2:34pm
WTMJ. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson quarantines after exposure to person with coronavirus. 
3:59am
WKBT. Wisconsin Reps. Kind, Gallagher propose dairy pricing, policy commission to address woes. 
3:58am
Politico. Senate Republicans shrug off Trump's call for larger Covid-19 relief measure. 
3:55am
The Hill. GOP senator blocks Schumer resolution aimed at Biden probe as tensions run high. 

Politics

3:31pm
Protect Our Care. Senator Tammy Baldwin, AG Josh Kaul, Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, and Wisconsinites highlight what's at stake for health care in 2020 election. 
12:23pm
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. Publishes bilingual voter guide for general election. 
10:59am
National Association of Home Builders. Endorses Rep. Glenn Grothman for Congress. 
6:27am
Winker for 38th Assembly. Will debate Rep. Barb Dittrich in public forum hoste by city high school student group on Wed Sept. 23; program to be livestreamed and taped. 
6:25am
Fond du Lac County Democratic and Republican Parties. Joint statement condemning the vandalism, theft and destruction of yard signs. 
6:22am
Anderson for 47th Assembly. Father and son candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly. 

11:07am
WEAU. Vice President Pence to visit Eau Claire. 
4:08am
Politico. 'He helped the Trump campaign' Wisconsin's Democratic governor under fire. 
4:05am
WJFW. Investigates: Assembly candidate addresses mileage reimbursement double-dipping. 
4:03am
WTMJ. Wisconsin election officers: 'Do not try to vote twice.'
4:02am
La Crosse Tribune. District 3: Van Orden spotlighted by national GOP group in race against Kind. 
3:54am
WXPR. Rhinelander installs ballot drop box for November election. 
3:40am
U.S. News & World Report. Election officials refuse to allow deputies in nursing homes. 
3:35am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin Assembly battle could hinge on suburban districts. 
3:34am
U.S. News & World Report. Vos: Veto-proof GOP majority probably unattainable.