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Coronavirus Task Force at 4:30 PM

WATCH LIVE: Trump, Pence speak about U.S. coronavirus response alongside White House Task Force

Today's coronavirus task force press conference is scheduled for 4:30 PM but has consistently been starting late. We may stop carrying these soon as they are often as much rhetoric as they are information.

Community Calls

Over here on the farm I have had an idea that I want to see rolling later this week. I am calling it Community CallsThe notion of this is that since we are all stuck in our homes (and more so later this week) we all have some need for social contact. Or more information.

COVID-9 Confirmed Cases Reach 416 and 5 Deaths

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Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported the growth of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin as 416. This is only an increase of 35 over yesterday's number. unfortunately, one more death was reported today, raising the total number of deaths to five. 

Menomonie School Meal Program Starts Today

SDMA Superintendent Joe Zydowsky's blog yesterday announced the beginning of the new school lunch program in the school district starting today. A cold grab and go breakfast and lunch are available every day.

Hello SDMA Families and Staff,

Governor Evers Says New Restrictions Will Be Announced Tomorrow

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Governor Tony Evers announced new restrictions on travel in Wisconsin. Evers is referring to this not as a "shelter in place" order but as "Safer At Home" in the message. This is a breaking story, details will follow. Under the order, only essential workers would be going to work.

Gov. Evers Announces New Order Relating to Department of Public Instruction

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Gov. Tony Evers today directed the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to suspend administrative rules relating to hours of instruction, student teacher assessments, and general flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Lupus Patients Can’t Get Crucial Medication After President Trump Pushes Unproven Coronavirus Treatment

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The drug Plaquenil keeps Anna Valdez’s lupus in check.

Coronavirus Task Force Meeting 3/22/2020

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing

This briefing is supposed to start at approximately 4 PM.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reach 381

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Wisconsin reached 381 in today's report from the Department of Health Services. The number of reported deaths remains at 4. 6611 tests have been conducted in the state as of today. 

Federal and State Income Tax Filing Deadlines Moved to July 15

The was moved back to July 15 from April 15 yesterday. Wisconsin Department of Revenue officials announced today that the Wisconsin tax filing deadline would also be moved to July 15 without penalty or interest for filing late.

Wisconsin Voter Registration Deadline Extended to March 30

Federal Judge William Conley has issued an order changing the deadline for voter registration in Wisconsin back to March 30. This allows eight more days for voters to register in the state. The order was in response to a lawsuit from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and the DNC. Other demands from the lawsuit (including dropping the need for voter ID when requesting an absentee ballot) were not responded to in the order. 

Confirmed Wisconsin COVID-19 Cases Now 281 infections, 4 Deaths

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Confirmed cases in Wisconsin has risen to 281 and the number of deaths is now 4. Legislative leaders in the state today made a statement thanking healthcare workers throughout the state and agreeing with the Governor that there is no need for further shutdown orders in the state:

Gov. Evers modifies Mass Gathering Order

Governor Evers

Governor Tony Evers has modified the Executive Order controlling mass gatherings. The restrictions previously in place (including limiting gatherings to ten people or fewer) stay in place, but additions are:

Wisconsin COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

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

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