COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin

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The COVID-19 pandemic first entered the U.S. state of Wisconsin in early February 2020.[1] The COVID-19 was one of the leading causes of death for Wisconsin in 2020. As of July 9, 2021, almost 7,400 people in the state had died from the COVID-19 virus.[2]

A steady upward trend for new COVID-19 cases in late June/early July 2020 began accelerating in mid July that same year. In response to July's rising cases and death tolls, the Governor Tony Evers declared a face mask mandate for all people age five and older in any building that isn't a private home.[3]

As of July 12, 2021, over six million doses of vaccines have been given to people. Close to 48% of people in Wisconsin have completed the entire vaccines series.[4]

On Friday, March 12, 2020, the Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin.[5] The following day, he ordered that all public and private K-12 schools across Wisconsin be closed until at least April 5.[6]

Most university schools under the University of Wisconsin System, including Madison and Stout, canceled all in-person classes through early April 2020.[7]

On March 16, the Governor of Wisconsin ordered a ban on gatherings of higher than ten staff members or exceeding fifty children at exactly the same time in childcare facilities.[8]

ProPublica did an analysis of COVID-19 cases involving certain racial backgrounds in Milwaukee County dating until the morning until Friday, April 3, 2020.[9] They noted that Blacks and African Americans were almost half the county's cases and twenty-two of that county's twenty-seven deaths. Both the county and the city of Milwaukee passed resolutions almost one year before. They also classified racial inequality as a major public health crisis even though Asian Americans and Mexican Americans live much longer than White people.

The 2020 Democratic National Convention was scheduled for July 13–16 in Milwaukee. It was later postponed and rescheduled for August 17–20 on April 2, 2020.[10]

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  1. "The First Case of Coronavirus in Wisconsin Confirmed". WKOW. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  2. "Coronavirus Cases Up, COVID-19 Deaths Up in Wisconsin". WBAY. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  3. "What You Need to Know About the Wisconsin Mask Mandate". WMTV NBC15. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  4. "COVID-19: The Wisconsin Summary Data". The Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  5. "Tony Evers Declares Health Emergency in Wisconsin". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  6. "All Wisconsin Public and Private Schools Closing Under a State Order". The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  7. "UW Students Scramble as COVID-19 Empties the Dorms". Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  8. "Governor Evers Announces Restrictions on the Child Care Settings During Outbreak". WBAY. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  9. "Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate". ProPublica. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  10. "The Democratic National Convention Pushed Back a Month; Format May Change". National Public Radio. Retrieved July 13, 2021.