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Today's DHS COVID-19 News Conference 3/27/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 3/27/2020

In this press conference this afternoon Governor Evers asked the Legislature to come together to make changes to make the April 7 election safer by allowing absentee ballots to be counted if they are postmarked by the election date, rather than arriving on the election date. He also called for more time for election clerks to count the absentee ballots rather than requiring they all be counted on election night.

Chippewa County Declares Two New COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

The Chippewa Falls Public Health Department announced two new confirmed COVID-19 cases in a press conference this morning. There are now three confirmed cases in Chippewa County. The press release is attached below

Lawsuits Filed Against State on Voting Issues

MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and four registered Wisconsin voters filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin seeking to protect the rights of self-quarantining voters who cannot obtain a witness signature on their mail-in ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Second Confirmed COVID-19 Case Found in Dunn County

KT Gallagher

The Dunn County Public Health Department announced today that a second case of COVID-19 infection has been found in Dunn County. The patient is currently in quarantine in a hospital in the region.

“We are working quickly to get all of the facts about this case including any close contacts and a possible route of exposure.” said KT Gallagher, Dunn County Health Department Director.

Confirmed COVID Cases Reach 707, 8 Deaths

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Today's numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show the current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as 707. There are eight reported deaths, and there have been 11583 negative tests. This is an increase of 122 confirmed cases since yesterday and two more deaths since the numbers reported yesterday. 

Milwaukee County remains the county with the highest number of cases, followed by Dane County.

Wisconsin physician assistants want to ‘step up’ to fight coronavirus. State regulations may be getting in the way.

Gov. Evers

The COVID-19 pandemic began reshuffling Dianna Malkowski’s life last week. That was when Ascension Medical Group Jackson Street in Oshkosh, where she works as a physician assistant, asked her to start rescheduling patient appointments. 

Number of Positive COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin Reaches 585

Today's report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows 585 positive coronavirus cases in Wisconsin and six reported deaths. This is an increase of 128 cases since yesterday, and one more death. 10089 negative tests have been conducted.

Green Bay Files Federal Lawsuit to Cancel In-person Voting on April 7

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The City of Green Bay has filed a lawsuit in federal court to force the state to cancel in-person voting on April 7 and instead allow clerks to mail ballots to all registered voters.  The city also asks the judge to give local clerks extra time to count all returned ballots, up to June 2. The lawsuit charges the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the governor with refusing to postpone the election or change the method of voting.

Eau Claire Starts Drive-Through Voting

drive-through voting

According to a Facebook posting today from Eau Claire CIty Council Member Andrew Werthmann, the city of Eau Claire has started drive-through early voting. The voting space is in the parking lot of City Hall at 203 Farwell St. in Eau Claire. 

457 Active COVID-19 cases in state

Today's COVID-19 statistics release today states there are 457 confirmed cases in Wisconsin and still the same five deaths reported yesterday. There were 8237 negative tests.

Governor Evers Releases Details of Safer At Home Plan

Governor Evers

This morning Governor Evers released the details of the new Safer At Home restrictions on Wisconsin Citizens. The new plan takes effect at 8 AM tomorrow, March 25, 2020 and remains in effect until April 24, or until there is a superseding order. 

3/23/2020 DHS COVID-19 Media Briefing

Tony Evers

The Department of Health Services held a press conference today, including Governor Tony Evers discussing the new restrictions that will be announced tomorrow, and other orders he has made in the past week.

Will the Internet Survive the COVID-19 Crisis?

This is a video from CNet about the load being placed on the internet by heavy use for video conferencing and entertainment. Will we start seeing problems? 

Wisconsin COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

Data through 3/26 from New York Times, after from Wisconsin DHS

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