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Coronavirus: Tracking Your Contacts Is Good, Limiting Your Social Circle Is Better

Health officials say it’s possible we won’t see a vaccine or cure for the coronavirus for awhile . So in the meantime, they’re recommending testing and contact tracing as ways to help control the spread of the infectious disease.

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Protests sparked by police killings of Black people are drawing attention to the United States' persistent racial disparities. Those disparities are also widespread in education. Wisconsin has some of the largest test score and high school graduation gaps between Black and white students.

In a grim accounting of the coronavirus's progress in the United States, another milestone was reached Wednesday: more than 50,000 new cases reported in a single day.

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine's Coronavirus Resource Center, which tracks the virus worldwide, says the total number of cases reported in the U.S. stands at 2,686,480, an increase of 50,700 over Tuesday's figure. U.S. deaths attributed to the coronavirus stand at 128,062.

Judge Throws Out Racine's Coronavirus Plan

Jul 1, 2020

A judge on Wednesday threw out Racine’s coronavirus ordinance as unconstitutional.

Racine County Circuit Judge Jon Fredrickson said that Racine’s plan violated Wisconsin’s constitution because it interfered with the right to assemble. The judge also said the ordinance was so broadly written that “no average person of ordinary intelligence can make sense of its sprawling breadth.”

The owner of a CrossFit gym brought the lawsuit, saying the city’s rules threatened his business.

So you want to wear a face mask? Good call.

A growing body of evidence supports the idea that wearing face masks in public, even when you feel well, can help curb the spread of the coronavirus — since people can spread the virus even without showing symptoms. That's the main reason to wear a mask: to protect other people from you.

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The history of policing in America is somewhat unique. As WUWM explored in June, the organizations that operate as our law enforcement were forged before the Civil War, where local patrols were mandated to return stolen property: runaway Black slaves.

But many other countries have radically different approaches to law enforcement that aren’t influenced by the unique racial and economic politics of the United States.

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When the state of Wisconsin first announced safer-at-home orders in March, it also ordered a temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures. Unlike the coronavirus pandemic, the order was limited to a 60-day-period that ended in May. Now, as COVID-19 infections are spiking, so too are evictions.

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court won't hear oral arguments in a lawsuit seeking to purge thousands of voters from the rolls until at least September, raising questions about whether the justices will rule before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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When people started staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, we all looked for things to do for fun to keep us occupied while staying in the house. One major outlet is games.

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Milwaukee may be on the way to requiring people to wear masks in indoor public spaces, including bars and restaurants. But early Wednesday, the city also relaxed more COVID-19 restrictions on some of its businesses.

The mask idea may have partly started with local restaurant chain owner Paul Bartolotta. A couple weeks ago, he told a business webcast about talking by phone with a food supplier in Italy this spring:

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If you’ve witnessed the protests around Milwaukee in the wake of George Floyd being killed by a now-former Minneapolis police officer, you may have noticed something: young people are a fixture.

On Tuesday, some of those young people set out to march from Milwaukee to Madison.

Before the start of the kickoff event, late rapper Tupac Shakur’s song "Keep Your Head Up" blared from speakers as the young people got their backdrop of signs ready. Those signs said things like “no justice, no peace" and "Black trans lives matter" and "no police welcome here.”


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