WUWM is providing updates about the coronavirus and COVID-19 in Wisconsin and the Milwaukee area. Find the most recent news and information here.
Wisconsin and Milwaukee by the numbers, according to state Department of Health Services (unless otherwise noted):
- 6 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Five people lived in the state, one person was visiting. The state's official count is five deaths.
- Wisconsin has at least 416 confirmed cases.
- Milwaukee County has 206 confirmed cases, 157 of those cases are in the city of Milwaukee. This is according to reports from the county.
March 23, 2:13 p.m.: YMCA In Milwaukee Opens Emergency Child Care Programs For Health Care Workers & First Responders
The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee is opening two emergency child care programs this week specifically for health care workers and first responders amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The initiative is starting with locations at the Rite-Hite Family YMCA in Brown Deer and the Advocate Aurora Conference Center in Milwaukee, but the program could expand beyond those two facilities. According to the YMCA, additional safety precautions will be taken to keep children and workers safe, including screening every person who enters with a temperature check. The centers will comply with Gov. Tony Evers’ directive to limit child care operations to no more than 50 children and no more than 10 staff.
The childcare facility at Advocate Aurora opens March 24 and the location at the Rite-Hite YMCA opens April 25. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children ages 4-13 are welcome. The cost is $70 per day. Hours, ages served, and locations may be changed depending on demand.
March 23, 10:53 a.m.: Evers To Order Wisconsinites To Stay Home
Gov. Tony Evers tweeted Monday that he's going to order Wisconsinites to stay at home to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. The order will be issued on Tuesday.
We have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of the people of our state as we have responded to COVID-19. We’ve taken important steps, but folks, time is of the essence. So today I’m announcing we'll be issuing a #SaferAtHome order tomorrow. Here’s what this means
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) March 23, 2020
This comes three days after he said he didn’t think he would need to implement a shelter-in-place order like Illinois, New York and California have done.
All of the information on Evers' order hasn’t been released. Based on Evers' tweets, here’s what we know the safer-at-home order entails:
- Only take necessary trips, and limit travel to essential needs (going to doctor, grocery shopping, getting prescriptions).
- Workers who provide essential care or services will still be allowed to travel to and from work. Those workers include health care professionals, grocers, and family caregivers.
- If you must go outside, stay 6 feet away from others and shared spaces (park shelters, visitor centers).
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the stay-at-home order for Milwaukee is going into effect before the state but it aligns with the state order. He says the city order is being issued Monday and is slated to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. He adds that 75% of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, cases are in the city of Milwaukee — most are seen in the northern part of the city.
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