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President Trump extends social distancing through April

President Trump

LIVE SOON: Trump's coronavirus task force gives update at White House

After saying last week that he expected churches to be full for Easter, today in his Coronavirus Task Force Update he extended the guidelines for social distancing through April 30 because the recent projections show a peak of deaths from the virus in about two weeks. The President stated that the details of this plan and the projections would be laid out Tuesday.

State-wide number of COVID-19 Cases Reaches 1112

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The reported number of confirmed cases from the Department of Health Services reached 1112 today. This increase is a continuation of the increase that has been seen for some time. One more case has been discovered in Dunn County, rasing the county total to three. The number of reported deaths in the state remains at 13 according to the official  DHS statistics, but the number 18 is being widely reported. 

State-wide 16550 tests given were negative.

New Data - 989 positive COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

Today's data release from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows 989 current confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. 13 people have now died from infections. The two worst areas in the state continue to be Milwaukee (489 cases) and Dane (158) Counties. 

LWV and multiple groups ask district court to postpone the April 7 election

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Today, March 27, 2020, the Governor has called on the Legislature to provide absentee ballots to all registered voters. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin supports this action but we also know from the Wisconsin Elections Commission that there may not be enough printed ballots and envelopes to send all 3.3 million registered Wisconsin Voters absentee ballots in time for voters to exercise their right to vote on April 7th.

Elections Commision meets today to discuss April 7 election litigation

In today's teleconference the Wisconsin Elections Commission will go into closed session to discuss the multiple lawsuits pending about the April 7 election in Wisconsin. The litigation discussion will take place in closed session. 

Governor Tony Evers creates temporary ban on foreclosures and evictions

Governor Evers

This morning Governor Tony Evers directed DHS Secretary-Designee to put a temporary halt on all evictions and foreclosures in the state. This order remains in effect for 60 days and prevents landlords from evicting tenants if they are unable to pay their rent. Likewise, mortgage companies may not start foreclosure procedures if the reason for the action is non-payment on the mortgage.

Eau Claire County Health Department Live Conference

LIVE: March 27, 2020 - Eau Claire’s COVID-19 incident updates. #StopTheSpreadEC

Dunn County reducing solid waste and recycling further

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Dunn County announced this morning that Solid Waste and Recycling collections will be reduced further. The Connorsville, Downsville, Ridgeland,and Rock Creek stations are, for the time being, completely closed. They had previously had dumpsters available for bagged trash, but that is being discontinued. The dumpsters had been mis-used from people putting in inappropriate items and unbagged trash.

Extended Hours at Several Collection Stations

842 positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, 13 deaths

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Today's Wisconsin COVID-19 cases are now up to 842, an increase of 135 since yesterday. There are now 13 reported deaths in the state, up from eight reported yesterday. 13,140 negative tests were reported. The new deaths are almost all among African-American patients in Milwaukee. 

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

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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.