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Coronavirus in Wisconsin: All the COVID-19 updates, developments from across the state

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Posted at 3:14 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 18:54:17-04

As the 2019 novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country and the world, TMJ4 News is tracking how every day life in Wisconsin is changing as schools, businesses, governments, and more react. Bookmark this page for the latest updates on how COVID-19 is affecting daily life.

As of Tuesday, 18,917 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin. 607 people have died. 263,743 people have tested negative. Here is the latest county-by-county data:

Wisconsin CountyPositive as of 6/3/2020Negative as of 6/3/2020Deaths as of 6/3/2020Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 6/3/2020Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 6/3/2020
Adams4651119.925%
Ashland2420012.70%
Barron212,204046.40%
Bayfield3403120.033%
Brown2,35016,56337904.62%
Buffalo6715145.617%
Burnett148416.6100%
Calumet791,9951158.61%
Chippewa583,023091.10%
Clark351,1504101.511%
Columbia442,644177.32%
Crawford261,0630159.60%
Dane77333,00529145.94%
Dodge3835,1803436.31%
Door381,5203138.58%
Douglas191,425043.80%
Dunn252,459056.20%
Eau Claire1145,2600110.70%
Florence2255046.10%
Fond du Lac2215,6705216.02%
Forest283602310.57%
Grant982,93312189.112%
Green701,7010189.90%
Green Lake229310117.30%
Iowa171,170072.00%
Iron2258135.050%
Jackson191,242192.75%
Jefferson1143,6513134.73%
Juneau22976183.35%
Kenosha1,2178,30530723.02%
Kewaunee368651176.83%
La Crosse586,371049.20%
Lafayette277280161.30%
Langlade3706015.70%
Lincoln7911025.10%
Manitowoc383,065147.93%
Marathon553,220140.72%
Marinette322,837278.96%
Marquette6620139.517%
Menominee3862065.50%
Milwaukee8,20649,706315849.74%
Monroe182,757139.66%
Oconto391,8720103.80%
Oneida111,416031.10%
Outagamie2399,4208129.43%
Ozaukee1703,67313192.68%
Pepin1394013.80%
Pierce471,5860113.00%
Polk241,602155.44%
Portage141,991019.80%
Price2418014.80%
Racine1,79713,10641919.72%
Richland141,050479.829%
Rock6589,43319406.83%
Rusk5366035.30%
Sauk813,7113127.44%
Sawyer81,216048.90%
Shawano512,1620124.40%
Sheboygan983,738385.13%
St. Croix973,3030110.30%
Taylor246009.80%
Trempealeau291,793098.50%
Vernon211,308068.80%
Vilas8527037.00%
Walworth4244,83417411.64%
Washburn2634012.70%
Washington2614,6978194.03%
Waukesha74411,10731186.54%
Waupaca452,779187.52%
Waushara101,236041.50%
Winnebago2847,3797167.12%
Wood102,236113.610%
Total19,498279,711616335.73%

Latest updates:

Wednesday, June 3

5:52 p.m. -- Country USA and Rock USA in Oshkosh canceled due to coronavirus

Organizers say this year's Country USA and Rock USA are off for this year due to concerns about coronavirus.

"Nothing pains us more than having to cancel these events that have become such a big part of our lives, our community and our culture here in Wisconsin," organizers wrote on a Facebook post Wednesdsay.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, event organizers say they have been in constant communication with local government and health officials. Organizers cited recommendations from the Winnebago County Health Department, which recommends against holding large gatherings.

Organizers said they're doing everything they can to reschedule Country USA and Rock USA for June and July of 2021. Those who previously bought tickets to the 2020 events will be valid for next year.

Click here to learn more.

3:17 p.m. -- Free two-day COVID-19 testing site to open in Kenosha Friday

A new two-day testing site is opening in Kenosha on Friday for anyone in Wisconsin.

Anyone over the age of 5 can head to Tremper High School from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday or Saturday to get tested.

The site will be ran by the Kenosha County Division of Health and the Wisconsin National Guard.

According to Kenosha County, you don't have to be showing symptoms in order to be tested.

“More testing means greater knowledge about cases of COVID-19 in Kenosha County, which is a key to slowing the spread of the virus,” said Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit. “Businesses are welcome to send their employees through this site; entire families can get tested together. We’d like to see as many people as possible take advantage of this resource.”

Tremper High School is located at 8560 26th Ave. Visitors are asked to enter using the 30th Avenue entrance.

Those tested the the Tremper High School site can expect to get results within seven days.

2:50 p.m. -- Mequon community pool to open June 12

The Mequon community pool is planning to open June 12 for Mequon and Thiensville residents only.

The pool will remain open through August 21. However, there are COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

The pool will be open from 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 4:30pm - 8pm. All patrons are required to leave during the 30 minute break so staff can clean. Re-entry into the pool will require an additional daily pass fee.

You must be a Mequon or Thiensville resident in order to use the pool, and proof of residency is required upon entry.

The pool will not be providing deck furniture so patrons are urged to bring their own chairs. They also aren't allowing use of their diving board.

The first hour of operations at the Mequon community pool will be reserve for residents over the age of 50.

Pool hours are subject to change based on weather and attendance.

10 a.m. -- Walk-up, drive-up COVID-19 testing hosted at Bader Philanthropies

Walk-up and drive-up COVID-19 testing will be provided Wednesday, hosted by Bader Philanthropies and Shalem Healing.

The testing will be offered in the Bader parking lot at 3300 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from 4 p.m. 6 p.m.

No appointment is needed and those who want a test do not need to be showing symptoms.

Tuesday, June 2

6:30 a.m. -- Tally's Tap begins allowing customers inside

Opening in 2013, Tally's Tap has grown into a popular restaurant on Waukesha's Sunset Drive.

"We started as a pub and grill. There were only five draft lines and limited seating. There used to be dividers between these rooms, and there was like a game room over there, so we were able to open everything up expand the dining by over triple and kind turn into more craft beer and from-scratch pub food type destination," says Jessica Tallinger, co-owner of Tally's.

"It's nice to see people coming back through. It's going to be a large adjustment to try and see how many people are going to dine-in or choose to take out but we're working on trying to do the best possible thing so everyone is happy," says Jessica.

Monday, June 1

2:07 p.m. -- The Iron Horse Hotel reopens for hotel guests, carryout dining

Milwaukee's Iron Horse Hotel reopened Monday for hotel guests and carryout dining.

The hotel closed back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has finally reopened with safety precautions in place.

Every employee will get a temperature check prior to starting their shift, and they will all wear face masks.

Rooms and highly touched surfaces will be cleaned thoroughly and often. The hotel has also limitedthe maximum capcity of their elevators and fitness center to two people.

Furniture in the lobby has been placed with social distancing in mind, and guests will receive a sanitation packet upon arrival. This pack includes a face mask, sanitizing wipes and gloves.

The bars and eateries within the hotel are also offering carryout.

Chefs have created a special all-property carryout menu for lunch and dinner, which is also available for delivery through Uber Eats. Carryout hours are 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Fri-Sat) for dinner.

1:44 p.m. -- Mötley Crüe Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett cancel 2020 summer stadium tour

Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have canceled their 2020 summer stadium tour.

The four bands were scheduled to travel the country together, with a stop at Miller Park. The tour, however, has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were scheduled to hit the stage at Miller Park on August 18. Now, fans will have to wait until next summer.

All tickets that have already been purchased will be honored for the new 2021 dates, which are expected to be announced soon.

To read the full announcement from the bands, click here.

1:09 p.m. -- Citywide lighting begins Monday night to recognize canceled festivals, events

The city of Milwaukee will light up Monday night in honor of PrideFest.

Milwaukee Downtown has started a new campaign called #MKEItShine, a campaign that honors city festivals and events that were canceled due to the coronavirus.

The campaign kicks off Monday night by honoring PrideFest, which was supposed to take place June 4 through June 7.

Milwaukee Downtown is encouraging buildings and landmarks to light up their facades with colors representing each festival.

The festivals being honored and the colors that go along with them are as follows:

  • PrideFest: June 1 – 7 (colors: rainbow)
  • Polish Fest: June 12 – 14 (colors: red and white)
  • 3rd of July Fireworks: July 3 – 5 (colors: red, white and blue)
  • Bastille Days: July 9 – 12 (colors: red, white and blue)
  • Festa Italiana: July 17 – 19 (colors: green, white and red)
  • German Fest: July 24 – 26 (colors: black, red and gold)
  • Black Arts Festival: Aug. 1 (colors: blue, red, yellow and green)
  • Democratic National Convention: Aug. 10 – 20 (colors: red, white and blue)
  • Mexican Fiesta: Aug. 21 – 23 (colors: green, white and red)
  • Irish Fest: Aug. 28 – 30 (colors: green, white and orange)

Some of the buildings taking part in the events are Discovery World, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Mitchell Park Domes, and the U.S. Bank Center.

1:07 p.m. -- Bay View Bash canceled amid coronavirus pandemic

Milwaukee's largest one day street festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The organizers of Bay View Bash have made the decision to cancel their 2020 festival in order to protect volunteers and visitors.

The festival took to Facebook Monday to share the news, saying, "Our mission is to support our community, and right now we feel the best way we can support one another is by not putting each other at risk for a potential wave two of COVID-19."

The organizers are now looking for new ways to raise money for local businesses as they struggle through the coronavirus pandemic.

They are also encouraging Bay View Bash fans to donate to local bars and restaurants in order to help them thrive.

1:06 p.m. -- Waukesha County Fair canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

The 2020 Waukesha County Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Monday morning.

"It is with a heavy heart that the Waukesha County Fair Board came to a unanimous, difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Waukesha County Fair," a statement released Monday reads. "Looking back at the past few months, countless hours invested, and numerous alternate opportunities considered, this was quite honestly the hardest decision ever made – but we know it is the right one."

The Fair will return in 2021 and is currently scheduled for July 21-25.

Those who have already purchased admission tickets for the fair should hold onto them - they'll be valid for the 2021 fair. Main Stage concert tickets will be refundable until July 3.

The Fair says all ticket holders will be receiving a direct email within 48 hours that has more information on refund options.

Sunday, May 31

5:12 p.m. -- 45 residents test positive for COVID-19 at Kenosha nursing facility

45 residents at a Kenosha skilled nursing facility have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Kenosha County Division of Health.

The cases are all at Kenosha Estates Living and Care Center, a facility that has already seen three deaths from the virus.

All 45 of the cases have emerged since mid-May with the deaths occurring on May 17, 27, and 29. Many of the affected residents are listed as having underlying medical conditions.

According to Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit, the cases have been isolated and everyone at the facility has been tested.

“This is undoubtedly very difficult for the residents and staff of Kenosha Estates and their families,” Freiheit said. “I credit the facility for doing the best it can to identify and isolate those who are carrying the virus.”

Kenosha Estates Administrator Samer Abadeer and Director of Nursing Kim Sullivan issued a statement regarding the situation. They said, "Despite taking every precaution and following all guidance set forth, COVID-19 is causing strain to skilled nursing facilities throughout the country. “The health and safety of our residents and staff is our solitary focus at this challenging time. We are doing everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our facility."


12:26 p.m. -- Milwaukee Health Department announces new testing sites, times

The Milwaukee Health Department announced a new National guard testing site and adjusted hours for the north side of Milwaukee.

A new testing site will be located at Custer Stadium beginning Monday. Additionally, the testing hours at UMOS have changed

Both UMOS and Custer Stadium will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and closed on Sundays.

The new Custer Stadium testing site is located right across from Barack Obama School, at 4300 W Fairmount Avenue.

Saturday, May 30

5:36 p.m. -- Wisconsin tops 18,000 in positive tests for the coronavirus

State health officials say Wisconsin has topped 18,000 in positive test results for the coronavirus.

The update showed 523 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day, for a total of 18, 230.

There were 20 new deaths, increasing the total to 588.

Kenosha County officials reported Saturday that 45 residents of a long-term care facility in Kenosha have tested positive for the virus and three people have died.

Kenosha County Health Officer Jen Freiheit says the Kenosha Estates Living and Care Center has tested all residents and staff, adding that the facility has isolated all of the residents with coronavirus in one area.

4:49 p.m. -- Waukesha to host reverse Fourth of July parade, fireworks canceled

The City of Waukesha is planning to host a reverse Fourth of July parade to protect the health of citizens.

This parade will be nothing like what you've seen before. Parade floats will be stationary and placed around the pre-planned parade route.

Waukesha citizens who attend the parade will then drive the route and check out the various floats. This way, citizens can social distance while still celebrating the fourth of July with an annual parade.

The city is encouraging citizens to decorate their vehicles.

This parade will be the only city-wide fourth of July celebration as the fireworks have been canceled. The city felt there were too many logistical issues when it came to social distancing so they chose to cancel the event.

The city says they are disappointed and are excited to resume normal festivities in summer 2021.

3:51 p.m. -- 45 residents test positive for COVID-19 at Kenosha nursing facility

45 residents at a Kenosha skilled nursing facility have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the city of Kenosha.

The cases are all at Kenosha Estates Living and Care Center, a facility that has already seen three deaths from the virus.

All 45 of the cases have emerged since mid-May with the deaths occurring on May 17, 27, and 29. Many of the affected residents are listed as having underlying medical conditions.

According to Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit, the cases have been isolated and everyone at the facility has been tested.

“This is undoubtedly very difficult for the residents and staff of Kenosha Estates and their families,” Freiheit said. “I credit the facility for doing the best it can to identify and isolate those who are carrying the virus.”

Kenosha Estates Administrator Samer Abadeer and Director of Nursing Kim Sullivan issued a statement regarding the situation. They said, "Despite taking every precaution and following all guidance set forth, COVID-19 is causing strain to skilled nursing facilities throughout the country. “The health and safety of our residents and staff is our solitary focus at this challenging time. We are doing everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our facility."

3:38 p.m. -- Kenosha releases names of businesses with active COVID-19 cases

The city of Kenosha has released the name of businesses with active COVID-19 cases after seven bar and restaurant employees tested positive last week.

These seven establishments do not have active "outbreak" situations, however they each have one active case which has been isolated.

The businesses affected are:

  • Dukes Country Saloon, 2324 18th St.
  • Coins Sports Bar, 1714 52nd St.
  • Mikki’s Rat Race Lounge, 8735 Sheridan Road
  • Saigon Panda, 3105 80th St.
  • DeRangos, 2135 31st St.
  • Kwik Trip, 8800 75th St.
  • Stateline BP, 12720 Sheridan Road

According to the city of Kenosha, they releasing the names of the establishments in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We do not wish to stigmatize these and other businesses, nor is it meant to shame them into compliance,” said Kenosha County Health Officer, Dr. Jen Freiheit. “We would, however, like to make the public aware that COVID-19 is still widespread in our community.

The city is asking that anyone who has visited these establishments recently be tested for the virus. You can do that at the National Guard Community Testing site from June 1-6 at Westosha Central High School.

8:39 a.m. -- Green Bay plans to reopen Bay Beach Amusement and Colburn Pool this summer

The city of Green Bay's Parks, Recreation and Forestry department unveiled tentative a plan to reopen Bay Beach Amusement Park June 20th and Colburn Pool in early July.

"We thoroughly reviewed some of our plans with Brown County Health Department, our legal team, risk management, of course our mayor, and other senior staff to make sure that we are putting our best foot forward on how we're approaching this," James Anderson, assistant director of the city's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department said.

Of all three pools under the city's umbrella, Andersen said there were multiple factors that favored opening Colburn first.

"The first pool we will focus on is Colburn," Andersen said. "A lot because it's a new facility. We just went through a major renovation and our community definitely invested in major renovations."

Additionally, there are less complex facilities at Colburn than other pools, such as water slides, to have to manage and sanitize.

As a government agency, the Parks department will require staff to wear masks for both "protection and public perception," Andersen said.

Read the full story here.

7:14 a.m. --Delivery services cut into local restaurant's bottom line

Local restaurant owners are doing everything they can to hold on during this pandemic, but the services in place that help them serve us while still social distancing can take a toll on their bottom line.

Delivery services like Grubhub, Uber Eats and Postmates are great ways to get the food delivered to your door, but as more and more orders come through those services it can mean less money for the restaurants.

Alexa Alfaro of the Filipino restaurant and food truck Meat on the Street said they've had to raise prices to help off set some of the additional costs of delivery commissions.

"They're anywhere from 20 to 33 percent," Alfaro said. "Which is crazy. It's still cheaper than, I think, hiring in house delivery services in terms of insurance purposes."

While cheaper than an in house hire, she normally would only pay commissions that high to park at large events with lots of foot traffic.

"Any time we take the truck out anything that charges 30 percent or even 20 percent is typically like a Summerfest setting," Alfaro said. "100,000 people are going to walk past you're place. It's worth it."

For her restaurant, Postmates charges a 21 percent commission on each order. Uber Eats charges 30 percent and Grubhub charges more than 33 percent.

Read the full story here.

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