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Coronavirus in Wisconsin: Updates from March 20-23

Posted: 10:17 AM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 11:17:14-04
New York reports first coronavirus-related death in state

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

As of Tuesday morning, there were a total of 46,581 confirmed cases and 593 deaths in the U.S., according to tracking data from Johns Hopkins. At least 178 people have recovered.

Wisconsin CountyTotal Cases as of 3/23/2020Total Deaths as of 3/23/2020
Bayfield10
Brown*30
Calumet10
Chippewa10
Columbia*50
Dane*610
Dodge20
Douglas10
Dunn10
Eau Claire40
Fond du Lac171
Green10
Jefferson20
Kenosha*130
La Crosse50
Marathon10
Milwaukee*2433
Outagamie20
Ozaukee131
Pierce10
Racine40
Rock30
Sauk20
Sheboygan60
St. Croix20
Walworth30
Washington140
Waukesha*300
Winnebago50
Wood10
Total4565

* An asterisk indicates community spread has been identified.

Editor's note: The numbers above may not completely match data from the state's Department of Health Services website. Many Wisconsin counties have been releasing confirmed cases independent of the state, and those cases are reflected in the above total.

Latest updates:

Tuesday, March 24

8:45 a.m. -- Mayor Barrett requests mail-only ballots for April 7 spring election

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is requesting that the April 7 spring election consist of mail-only ballots, in place of in-person absentee and in-person voting.

Barrett sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald and Rep. Robin Voss Monday with the request in order to comply with the standards set during the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Wisconsin.

"Under the present circumstances, in-person voting, particularly with lines of people, is simply not safe, feasible, or responsible," said Barrett in the letter. "In good conscience I would not ask one of my loved ones to sit in a room for hours greeting dozens of people during this pandemic. I can't expect citizens of my city to do that either."

The Elections Commission for the City of Milwaukee continues to lose staff daily due to coronavirus, and can no longer operate the three in-person early voting locations in the city. The same rings true for election workers who are staying home to comply with state and local 'Stay at Home' orders.

The Commission has also already been forced to relocate 15 voting sites, and still needs to address 10 more.

As part of the request, Barrett recommended photo ID requirements be waived altogether for registered voters, as some voters may not have the ability to upload their ID with a cellphone, or through the internet.

The mayor says he realizes that the shift to mail-only ballots would mean the election would take more time, and could not be completed by April 7.

"Timing is of the essence. Every day spent preparing for in-person voting is a lost opportunity for municipalities to retool their election systems and regain traction with meeting the already heavy demands for absentee ballots," said Barrett. "Like all of you I have hoped that this step would not be necessary. Unfortunately it is."

8:07 a.m. -- Glendale first responders in short supply of face masks, sanitizers

First responders with the Glendale Police Department are in critically short supply of essential items, and are asking for your help.

The department is asking for face masks (N95 or higher), sanitizers or wipes. All fire, police and EMS are in critical supply.

This comes during a time when many people have stocked up on these items due to the global pandemic of COVID-19

If you are willing to donate these items, contact Officer DeJonge at k.dejonge@glendalewi.gov, or call Glendale police front desk at 414-228-1753 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

7:25 a.m. -- 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to be delayed for 'up to a year' due to coronavirus pandemic

Japan and the IOC have agreed to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo for up to one year.

The Summer Games will now likely take place in Tokyo in 2021.

According to The Washington Post, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that IOC President Thomas Bach "agreed 100 percent" that the games should be postponed.

“In light of the current conditions and for all the athletes, we made a proposal of a postponement of about a year, to hold them securely and safely,” Abe said Tuesday, according to The Post.

The reports come moments after Japan’s NHK public television said Abe would propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with Bach.

Earlier this week, the IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.

The decision comes two days after Canada said it would not send athletes to the 2020 games should they take place as scheduled, and a day after the United States joined the growing list of countries pushing for a postponement.

Monday, March 23

10:31 p.m. -- Milwaukee Health Department reaching out to neighborhoods to spread information about COVID-19

The Milwaukee Health Department is reaching out to community leaders to spread the message about COVID-19 throughout the city. The Health Commissioner, Jeanette Kowalik, said Monday that the organization is tracking the demographics for each case, and so far, three African-American men comprise all the victims in the city.

"It's middle-aged African American men who are a majority of the cases in the city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County is a little different," said Kowalik.

Kowalik says as people first started to hear about COVID-19, there was a perception it was only a virus people in other countries or those that traveled to them could get. Kowalik said, "[the] perception in the community… I'm not going there, or I don't know anyone that goes there, and I'm not traveling, so I don't have to worry about it."

The city has turned to community leaders like Homer Blow, a radio show host to help them. Blow began his daily web show today first by misspelling myths about COVID-19. "You hear people saying that black people, people of color, can't get it. Children can't get it… they're immune they're immune. There was just an err of ignorance to how real this COVID-19 really is," said Blow.

Blow believes the recent deaths are putting a face on the virus and helping people understand more about it. "Some people are now starting to understand there's a lot more to this. I better take this a little more serious than I've been taking it. I'm hearing people's aunties, sisters, fathers that are contracting the coronavirus. It's giving them a different perspective."

The Health Department plans to release Public Service Announcements on coronavirus all over the city in the coming days.

10:00 p.m. -- Milwaukee's city-wide 'stay-at-home' order names more than 20 types of 'essential businesses'

Milwaukee's city-wide order names nearly two dozen businesses deemed "essential."

They include stores that sell groceries and medicine, bars, and restaurants with delivery or carry-out.

It also includes gas stations, critical trades like construction workers, and laundry services.

8:46 p.m. -- Green Bay Packers donate $1.5 million to coronavirus relief efforts

The Green Bay Packers have announced they will establish COVID-19 Community Relief Funds, totaling $1.5 million. As part of the team's organization 'Packers Give Back,' the funds will assist efforts in Brown County and the Milwaukee area.

6:35 p.m. -- Wisconsin to declare safer at home order: what does that mean?

On Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers is expected to declare the safer at home order. But what does that mean for you?

Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus across the U.S. and Wisconsin, Gov. Evers plans to declare a safer at home order that goes into effect Wednesday.

This order is unlike anything any of us have seen before. It is sure to cause some confusion and worry. We are here, though, to try and answer some of those burning questions before this whole thing goes into effect.

First of all, with this order, the governor is asking that none of us leave our homes unless it is essential.

According to the governor, this means don't leave unless it is to get groceries, go to the doctor, or pick up medication. The governor also said it is OK to get outside and walk the dog, but keep social distancing in mind.

Also, workers will still be provided transportation to and from their essential jobs. These jobs include caregivers, grocers, healthcare professionals, and other jobs that are essential across the state.

Those who do not follow the order and continue to assemble in public spaces will be asked to move by the police.

6:07 p.m. -- Summerfest has been postponed to September due to coronavirus pandemic

Summerfest has been postponed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was scheduled to start in June.

5:03 p.m. -- Need a job? These companies are hiring during the coronavirus crisis

If you are looking for a job, plenty of companies are desperate to hire as consumer demands shift during the coronavirus crisis.

Big box stores across the country need workers to fill their stores and warehouses as soon as possible.

Roundy's Supermarkets announced it will hire about 2,500 workers across its 106 Metro Market and Pick 'n Save stores throughout Wisconsin. The jobs are both full and part time, and there are benefits.

Walmart is hiring 150,000 workers in its stores and distribution centers. Those jobs can start at $15 per hour, and Walmart says sometimes you can start working within 24 hours of applying.

A spokesperson for Amazon said they expect to add 700 jobs at fulfillment centers in Wisconsin.

Dollar General is hiring up to 50,000 workers across the country. Wisconsin has just short of 200 stores.

A spokesperson for Domino's said they are hiring 200 people across 45 stores in Wisconsin.

Kwik Trip is trying to onboard at least 2,000 workers as soon as possible.

If you need help finding the right job, getting a resume together, or brushing up on some skills, Hatch Staffing Services has some free resources online.

4:43 p.m. -- Gov. Tony Evers considering making spring election mail-only

Gov. Tony Evers says he's evaluating whether to allow people to vote exclusively by mail in Wisconsin's spring election amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Evers has so far resisted calls to postpone the April 7 election, saying he wants people to vote by absentee ballot rather than travel to the polls.

He told reporters during a conference call Monday that he's evaluating whether to conduct the election completely by mail-in absentee ballots.

The election includes a presidential primary, a state Supreme Court race and hundreds of local contests.

Milwaukee early voting sites closed over COVID-19 exposure concerns

4:18 p.m. -- Monterey Mills, Eder Flag team up to make respiratory masks

Two Milwaukee companies are teaming up to manufacture must needed respiratory masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, people have been using these respiratory masks to protect themselves. Now, though, medical professionals are facing a shortage of masks. That is why Monterey Mills and Eder Flag are teaming up to fill this need.

Monterey Mills is based out of Janesville, and works to supply knitted fabric that is used in a variety of medical and air-filtration products. Eder Flag, who makes flags, is dedicating a part of their sewing team to help create these masks from Monterey Mills' fabric.

According to a press release, a large regional health system in Wisconsin has made an agreement with the companies to receive 20,000 masks. The City of Milwaukee Health Department has also requested 2,500 masks, which will be donated.
“It’s wonderful to have two companies in the region coming together to fill this need,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “Both companies are known for their quality products and I have no doubt these masks will be met with open arms by health care, law enforcement, and anyone working among the general public during these challenging times.”
“It’s wonderful to have two companies in the region coming together to fill this need,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “Both companies are known for their quality products and I have no doubt these masks will be met with open arms by health care, law enforcement, and anyone working among the general public during these challenging times.”
These masks are designed to be washed and reused. They are also reversible so either side can be against your face in order for the mask to work.
These masks are designed to be washed and reused. They are also reversible so either side can be against your face in order for the mask to work.
Organizations interested in ordering the masks can call 877-BLANKET (877-252-6538) or visit www.safeusamasks.com for more information. However, masks will be made for healthcare professionals, government agencies, and professional services before any other organization.
Organizations interested in ordering the masks can call 877-BLANKET (877-252-6538) or visit www.safeusamasks.com for more information. However, masks will be made for healthcare professionals, government agencies, and professional services before any other organization.


3:51 p.m. -- Sherman Phoenix launches fundraiser for its 27 small businesses
3:51 p.m. -- Sherman Phoenix launches fundraiser for its 27 small businesses
Due to the coronavirus, Sherman Phoenix has been forced to close its 27 small businesses. Now, it's launching a fundraiser to raise money to make up for their financial losses.
Due to the coronavirus, Sherman Phoenix has been forced to close its 27 small businesses. Now, it's launching a fundraiser to raise money to make up for their financial losses.
While some of the Sherman Phoenix businesses are still operating through their carryout services or delivery, others like their barbershops and salons have been forced to close.
While some of the Sherman Phoenix businesses are still operating through their carryout services or delivery, others like their barbershops and salons have been forced to close.
These closures are expected to last several weeks, which is why Sherman Phoenix has launched an emergency fundraiser.
These closures are expected to last several weeks, which is why Sherman Phoenix has launched an emergency fundraiser.
In a press release, Sherman Phoenix said, "Our first priority is to provide immediate rent relief for all 27 tenants. Secondly, we want to provide support to our entrepreneurs as they pivot to new e-commerce platforms."
In a press release, Sherman Phoenix said, "Our first priority is to provide immediate rent relief for all 27 tenants. Secondly, we want to provide support to our entrepreneurs as they pivot to new e-commerce platforms."
Sherman Phoenix continued on to say, "Emergency funds will help ensure that businesses can reopen, rebuild, and rehire, and the Sherman Phoenix will remain a vibrant community hub."
Sherman Phoenix continued on to say, "Emergency funds will help ensure that businesses can reopen, rebuild, and rehire, and the Sherman Phoenix will remain a vibrant community hub."
To make a donation, you can head to ShermanPhoenix.com. You can also make a tax-deductible donation and mail it to Wisconsin Preservation Fund, c/o Bruce Block, President, 1000 N. Water Street, Suite 2100, Milwaukee, WI 53201.
To make a donation, you can head to ShermanPhoenix.com. You can also make a tax-deductible donation and mail it to Wisconsin Preservation Fund, c/o Bruce Block, President, 1000 N. Water Street, Suite 2100, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

3:37 p.m. -- Assembly Speaker Vos, Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald blast Evers' 'Safer at Home' order
The state legislature's highest-ranking Republicans released a statement strongly criticizing Gov. Tony Evers "Safer at Home" order Monday afternoon.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald say the governor's announcement has created "mass amounts of confusion."

“For days, Governor Evers took a measured approach and reassured business owners that a shelter-in-place order may not be necessary. Legislative leaders even complimented him for it. The governor’s sudden change of course and lack of specific guidance have increased the level of uncertainty and anxiety in our state. The people of Wisconsin deserve clear communications during a public health emergency."

“For days, Governor Evers took a measured approach and reassured business owners that a shelter-in-place order may not be necessary. Legislative leaders even complimented him for it. The governor’s sudden change of course and lack of specific guidance have increased the level of uncertainty and anxiety in our state. The people of Wisconsin deserve clear communications during a public health emergency."

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Vos and Fitzgerald asked Evers to answer the following questions about the order:

· What are the metrics that this decision is based on?

· What is considered an essential and non-essential business? How is that being determined?

· What changes need to happen for the order to be lifted?

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Evers said more details on his order should be expected Tuesday.

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Evers said more details on his order should be expected Tuesday.

3:12 p.m. -- Aurora drive-thru testing postponed due to shortage of coronavirus testing kits

Advocate Aurora Health announced Friday that they would be postponing their drive-thru testing for COVID-19 due to a shortage of testing kits.

Aurora Health Care still has kits, however they have decided to save those kits for those who are most vulnerable. Those in critical condition will still be allowed to get tested, after being screened by a nurse.

This decision comes as medical professionals are struggling to deal with the masses of people and shortage of testing kits.

Those who are showing symptoms but are not in critical condition will be told how to self-quarantine at home and take care of themselves. However, those arriving at hospitals with critical conditions will be tested and treated.

Advocate Aurora also said they are looking into ways to acquire more testing kits. Additionally, they have launched a symptom checker to provie screening options with those showing symptoms.

This symptom checker can be accessed through the Advocate Aurora Live Well app, or on their website which can be found here.

This symptom checker can be accessed through the Advocate Aurora Live Well app, or on their website which can be found here.
2:43 p.m. -- State Rep. David Bowen tests positive for COVID-19

State Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, his office said Monday.

Rep. Bowen says he was tested after running a fever late last week. He is currently in quarantine at home, and says he is still fighting symptoms but is in good spirits and recuperating.

“I found out early last week from the Shorewood Health Department that I had come in contact with a fellow local elected official who had tested positive for COVID-19, and immediately went into quarantine. Later in the week, I began showing symptoms myself, and got tested for COVID-19," Rep. Bowen said in a statement.

Unfortunately, that test came back positive this weekend. While it isn’t clear whether I was infected by this individual or someone else within our community, one thing is certain - it is imperative that this virus be taken seriously and that individuals minimize social interactions and stay home to prevent further spread of this virus and its immobilizing symptoms. Had I known of my status even earlier, I would have reduced my exposure to others who may potentially have gotten the virus from me. Even if you are young and typically healthy, it's even more important that you heed the call to stay home, take care of your family, and not spread the virus to others who are vulnerable.”
Bowen said he was in favor of Gov. Tony Evers' "Safter at Home" order, which will be signed Tuesday.
Unfortunately, that test came back positive this weekend. While it isn’t clear whether I was infected by this individual or someone else within our community, one thing is certain - it is imperative that this virus be taken seriously and that individuals minimize social interactions and stay home to prevent further spread of this virus and its immobilizing symptoms. Had I known of my status even earlier, I would have reduced my exposure to others who may potentially have gotten the virus from me. Even if you are young and typically healthy, it's even more important that you heed the call to stay home, take care of your family, and not spread the virus to others who are vulnerable.”
"This order will help ensure that individuals stay home and only go out in public to pick up essentials like groceries and medicine, or to go to the doctor," Bowen said.

As of Monday afternoon, there were more than 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Five people have died. 7,050 people have tested negative for the disease.

As of Monday afternoon, there were more than 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Five people have died. 7,050 people have tested negative for the disease.
1:51 p.m. -- There are now 419 coronavirus cases in Wisconsin

There are now at least 419 positive cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

That's an increase of 38 from yesterday's reported total of 381. There have been over 7,000 negative tests.

Five deaths have been reported in connection to COVID-19.

On Monday, Gov. Evers announced he would sign a 'Safer From Home' order on Tuesday, asking Wisconsinites to stay at home except for essential travel.

Health officials reiterated that residents should take simple steps to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

Health officials reiterated that residents should take simple steps to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Staying home when sick.

12:42 p.m. -- Pressure mounts on Evers to delay Wisconsin spring election

Civil and voting rights groups are urging Gov. Tony Evers to change his mind and postpone Wisconsin's spring election as the coronavirus continues to spread.

The League of Women Voters, the Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera said during a conference call with reporters Monday that allowing the election to go on as scheduled will expose thousands of voters to the virus.

Nearly 400 people in Wisconsin had tested positive for the disease as of Sunday. Four state residents have died from it.

Nearly 400 people in Wisconsin had tested positive for the disease as of Sunday. Four state residents have died from it.
12:11 p.m. -- UW-Madison postpones spring commencement ceremony

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has made the decision to postpone their spring commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both ceremonies at Camp Randall and the Kohl Center will have to be rescheduled.

"Of all the decisions we’ve had to make in this extraordinary time, this one has been the most heartbreaking for me," said Chancellor Rebecca Blank. "There is no better event at UW than commencement when we award degrees and celebrate the completion of school for our graduates."

Chancellor Blank says the university held out on making this decision as long as possible, but due to recent bans on public gatherings it was the most responsible decision.

The university will hold a virtual commencement on May 8th for graduating seniors to watch. An in-person event will be held after the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end.

Gov. Tony Evers announced a statewide 'Safer at Home' order will take effect Tuesday.

Gov. Tony Evers announced a statewide 'Safer at Home' order will take effect Tuesday.

11:40 a.m. -- Mayor Barrett issues 'Stay at Home' order for Milwaukee

Mayor Tom Barrett and City Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik have issued a Stay at Home order for Milwaukee, one day before Gov. Evers' statewide order will take place.

The mayor said the decision to enact the order before the state is due to the fact that the majority of COVID-19 cases are in Milwaukee County and city.

The Stay at Home order is modeled after the one currently in place in Illinois, and is not to be confused with a Shelter in Place order.

That being said, community members may still leave their homes to go to the grocery store, go for walks or go to work. A Shelter in Place order would mean individuals out in public, i.e. at the laundry mat or at work, would need to stay there. This is not that.

"The major goal is to change human behavior," said Mayor Barrett. "Change in a way that is safer for the community, safer for all of us."

"The major goal is to change human behavior," said Mayor Barrett. "Change in a way that is safer for the community, safer for all of us."

'Life and death': Mayor Barrett, Health Commissioner Kowalik issue 'Stay at Home' order for Milwaukee

People who do not follow the order and continue to congregate in public spaces, such as around bars, liquor stores or restaurants will be asked by police to move, but the overall goal of the measure is that people will comply without law enforcement involvement.

There is no end date set for the emergency order at this time.

Three individuals have died from coronavirus in the City of Milwaukee as of Monday.

Individuals most at risk for COVID-19 are those 60-years or older with underlying health issues.

Individuals most at risk for COVID-19 are those 60-years or older with underlying health issues.
11:28 a.m. -- Wisconsin families stranded in Peru told to 'hang tight'

Despite assurances from both U.S. Senators from Wisconsin that they are appealing to the State Department for help, some local families are still stranded in South America.

Mark and Maggie Sprague, as well as five others from the Milwaukee and Madison area,have been stranded in Peru since that country abruptly shut its borders last week.

The pictures included show the blocks long line outside the airport in Cusco. The group spent Saturday trying to get a flight out of the country to anywhere, in hopes of hopping then on a flight back to the U.S.

They have been in communication with Wisconsin's Congressional delegation.

They have been in communication with Wisconsin's Congressional delegation.

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Mark reports this morning, "We received an email claiming there was a flight coming into Lima today and that those in Cusco should just hang tight."

For this group, hanging tight means hunkering down in a hotel with dwindling supplies and services, seeking out "underground" restaurant operations that are still willing to stay open, and hoping for a way home soon.

For this group, hanging tight means hunkering down in a hotel with dwindling supplies and services, seeking out "underground" restaurant operations that are still willing to stay open, and hoping for a way home soon.

Wisconsinites stuck abroad are desperate to return to the United States

10:41 a.m. -- Splash Studio offers 'Take and Make' art projects during pandemic

Keep those creative juices flowing while you're stuck at home. Splash Studio, located on Milwaukee's east side, is putting together 'Take & Make Packages' for your inner artist.

Many people are spending most of their time at home in hopes of lessening the spread of COVID-19, and believe it or not, being stuck at home can get a little...boring.

Now, you can order your own Take & Make Package which includes canvases, paint brushes, pallets, paints and water cups. Some packages include special treats like Lush's popcorn, wine and soda.

“We do not have kitchens, so this is the only type of carry out we can offer”, said Erin Hochevar, marketing director for Bars & Recreation, Inc. “We have employees to support and businesses that intend to re-open as soon as possible, so every bit of income helps. Not to mention, painting is an excellent stress relief and fun for the whole family.”

Break open your painting kit and follow along with Splash Studio artist-led painting videos on their Facebook and YouTube pages.

Kits can be ordered online and picked up at Splash Studio located at 1815 East Kenilworth Place from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Shipping may be an option in the future if requested.

Kits can be ordered online and picked up at Splash Studio located at 1815 East Kenilworth Place from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Shipping may be an option in the future if requested.
10:29 a.m. -- Third person dies from coronavirus in Milwaukee

A third person has died from the coronavirus in Milwaukee, according to health officials.

Milwaukee County Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik confirmed the death of a man in his 50s from the Milwaukee area.

In Milwaukee County, there are 202 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

A majority of the cases in Milwaukee are on the city's north side, according to Kowalik.

The death is the fifth across the state of Wisconsin so far.

The death is the fifth across the state of Wisconsin so far.
9:48 a.m. -- Gov. Tony Evers announces 'Safer at Home' order coming Tuesday

A "Safer at Home" order is coming for Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday morning.

The governor said that the order will be announced on Tuesday.

The order encourages people to stay at home rather than make "unnecessary trips." The order, according to Evers, would still allow workers providing essential care and services to continue traveling to and from work.

Wisconsinites will still be allowed to go outside and walk the dog - but must follow social distancing guidelines and stay six feet away from other people.

Wisconsinites will still be allowed to go outside and walk the dog - but must follow social distancing guidelines and stay six feet away from other people.

Gov. Tony Evers announces 'Safer at Home' order coming Tuesday

9:31 a.m. -- Blain's Farm & Fleet offers shopping hour for vulnerable guests

Blain's Farm & Fleet is now the latest store to offer a shopping hour for its vulnerable shoppers.

The store chain announced that it was offering its first shopping hour to seniors and other vulnerable guests, such as expectant mothers and those who have underlying health concerns. The hour dedicated for those shoppers will take place Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“We are proud to be an essential supplier to the community, especially in the area of critical agricultural supplies,” says Owner & President, Jane Blain Gilbertson. “We felt it was important that ALL of our neighbors be able to purchase the critical items they need for their families, pets, livestock, farms and small businesses. So, we are asking our shoppers to reserve that first hour of the day so that seniors and vulnerable customers can have dedicated time in our stores.”

Blain's Farm & Fleet also offers drive-thru shopping, where customers can order online and pick-up when the order is ready.

Pick 'n Save and Metro Markets recently announced they were also offering "senior hours" to help protect vulnerable customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pick 'n Save and Metro Markets recently announced they were also offering "senior hours" to help protect vulnerable customers during the coronavirus pandemic.
8:54 a.m. -- Milwaukee County adds 20 new cases, pushing state total past 400

Milwaukee County has confirmed another 20 new cases of COVID-19, putting the total for the county at 202 - just over half of all cases statewide.

The new data also put the total number of cases statewide past 400 for the first time.

More than half (56 percent) of all cases in Milwaukee County are in people 50 years of age or younger, according to data on the county's website.

More than half (56 percent) of all cases in Milwaukee County are in people 50 years of age or younger, according to data on the county's website.
7:15 a.m. -- Milwaukee business owners adjust to impacts from COVID-19

Milwaukee-based companies with national and global impact have new challenges this week.

Nine Wisconsinites are in self-quarantine from one company alone. They spent hours fighting to get back from Uganda to Milwaukee and did so, just in the nick of time.

Josh Shefner, owner of Agricycle, is 10 days into a 14 day quarantine. He's thankful to be back home.

Josh Shefner, owner of Agricycle, is 10 days into a 14 day quarantine. He's thankful to be back home.

Milwaukee business owners adjust to impacts from COVID-19

"I feel totally fine," said Shefner.

Shefner makes Jali Fruit Co. which are grown by farmers around the globe. Now he's trying to juggle orders of his sun dried fruit while in quarantine.

"It's been crazy from ports re-prioritizing what comes out of the country first," said Shefner, "Air freight is taking a week now to get somewhere."

Read more here.

Read more here.
Sunday, March 22

7:50 p.m. -- Milwaukee Early Voting Sites Closed amid coronavirus concerns

Effective immediately, the City of Milwaukee will no longer be operating in-person, absentee or “early” voting at the city’s three locations: Zablocki Library, the Zeidler Municipal Building or the Midtown Center due to coronavirus concerns.

Effective immediately, the City of Milwaukee will no longer be operating in-person, absentee or “early” voting at the city’s three locations: Zablocki Library, the Zeidler Municipal Building or the Midtown Center due to coronavirus concerns.
4:10 p.m. -- National Guard Medic Team deploys to Grafton senior living facility

A National Guard Medic Team has arrived at a Grafton senior living facility. The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department called on the National Guard to help Village Pointe Commons in Grafton after a COVID-19 outbreak at the long-term care facility.

A National Guard Medic Team has arrived at a Grafton senior living facility. The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department called on the National Guard to help Village Pointe Commons in Grafton after a COVID-19 outbreak at the long-term care facility.
11:30 a.m. -- Jefferson County announces positive COVID-19 case, brings total in county to 2

11:30 a.m. -- Jefferson County announces positive COVID-19 case, brings total in county to 2
11:02 a.m. -- Kenosha County updates positive coronavirus cases to seven

The Kenosha County Health Department updated its positive coronavirus cases to seven. This brings the state total to 324.

The Kenosha County Health Department updated its positive coronavirus cases to seven. This brings the state total to 324.
10:47 a.m. -- Fond du Lac County Health Department confirms another case of COVID-19, brings total in county to 17

The Fond du Lac County Health Department said that there were now 17 cases of coronavirus in the county. There has also been one death.

The Fond du Lac County Health Department said that there were now 17 cases of coronavirus in the county. There has also been one death.
10:34 a.m. -- RemedyNow offers in-home testing for COVID-19 in greater Milwaukee area

A Wisconsin-based virtual medicine platform announced Sunday that they are now offering in-home testing for COVID-19.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can contact RemedyNow via telephone at 262-312-9095 extension 1 to schedule a virtual assessment. Upon that virtual assessment, if they physician feels your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, they will someone to your home to test you for the virus.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can contact RemedyNow via telephone at 262-312-9095 extension 1 to schedule a virtual assessment. Upon that virtual assessment, if they physician feels your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, they will someone to your home to test you for the virus.
10:20 a.m. -- AT&T Waiving Domestic Wireless and Data Overage Fees for Customers Nationwide

In an effort to keep people connected in a time of self isolation and quarantining, AT&T is waving all overage fees dating back to March 13.

In a press release, AT&T said "We will not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic."

In a press release, AT&T said "We will not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic."
9:53 a.m. -- Oneida County asks seasonal residents to stay at their winter homes

Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, Oneida County officials are asking that any seasonal residents stay at their winter homes.

If residents wish to return to Oneida County, they are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with CDC recommendations.

If residents wish to return to Oneida County, they are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with CDC recommendations.

Saturday, March 21

8:44 p.m. -- Wauwatosa Health Department reports positive case of COVID-19 at Luther Manor

A resident at Luther Manor tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The individual tested positive after being transported to a local hospital. The individual remains at the hospital and has not returned to Luther Manor, according to health officials.

The health department is working closely with Luther Manor to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and ensures us that anyone who came into contact with the individual will be notified.

9:01 a.m. -- Milwaukee County man fourth in Wisconsin to die from COVID-19

Another Milwaukee County man has died from complications of COVID-19, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said Saturday morning.

The 69-year-old man had been hospitalized for several days, the office said in a tweet.

The man is the fourth person in Wisconsin to die from the coronavirus.

Friday morning, the Medical Examiner's Office said a 66-year-old Milwaukee County man had also passed away.

Thursday evening, Gov. Tony Evers announced the state's first two deaths from the disease - a man in his 50s from Fond du Lac County and a man in his 90s from Ozaukee County.

"Our hearts go out to all the loved ones affected by these deaths, and to all those suffering from this virus," said Gov. Evers. "We are committed to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and I want to recognize the hard work and bravery of our nurses, doctors, state health officials, and all those on the front lines in the effort to save lives. Together we will get through this historic health challenge."

"Our hearts go out to all the loved ones affected by these deaths, and to all those suffering from this virus," said Gov. Evers. "We are committed to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and I want to recognize the hard work and bravery of our nurses, doctors, state health officials, and all those on the front lines in the effort to save lives. Together we will get through this historic health challenge."

Friday, March 20

9:00 p.m. -- Ascension Wisconsin moves to virtual visitation starting Saturday, March 21

In-person visitation will be temporarily stopped at Ascension Wisconsin facilities.

According to a Ascension Wisconsin spokesperson, to minimize the impact of COVID-19, they are limiting visitors in the hospitals.

"We encourage family members and friends of patients in our care to stay connected with their loved ones by virtual visitation," said the Ascension Wisconsin spokesperson. "Our goal is to protect our associates and those we are privileged to serve by limiting possible exposure to COVID-19 and directing people to the right level of care."

There will be some exceptions on a case-by-case basis, including labor and delivery, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care (NICU) and end-of-life care. The hospital is encouraging any potential visitors to use to use alternate methods of communication to stay in contact with loved ones, such as calling, video chatting, or texting.

The following apps can be used to help people connect virtually with their loved ones: Facebook Messenger, Facetime, Google hangouts, Google Duo, WhatsApp, Skype, Viber or Signal. These can be downloaded in either the App Store (iPhone) or the Play Store (Android). Both patient and visitor will need to download the same application. Access to guest wi-fi at Ascension Wisconsin facilities is available by connecting to AH-Guest.

The updated restricted visitation policy at Ascension Wisconsin also includes the following:
All visitors, associates, clinicians and vendors entering Ascension Wisconsin facilities will be screened for flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, runny nose/nasal congestion and or sore throat
The updated restricted visitation policy at Ascension Wisconsin also includes the following:
All visitors, associates, clinicians and vendors entering Ascension Wisconsin facilities will be screened for flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, runny nose/nasal congestion and or sore throat

  • No visitors who screen positive for cough, fever or difficulty breathing will be permitted into the facility
  • To implement this, Ascension Wisconsin facilities will be implementing minimized entrance points as needed
  • 7:04 p.m. -- National Guard Medical Unit dispatched to Grafton long-term care facility

A National Guard Medical Unit has been dispatched to Village Pointe Commons in Grafton after a COVID-19 outbreak at the long-term care facility.

Officials say a man died in the memory care unit on Thursday. He had underlying health conditions and tested positive for COVID-19 post-mortem.

As of right now, there are three other residents from the same unit who have tested positive for COVID-19 with additional tests pending. One caregiver has also tested positive. They are isolated at home and have not worked in the facility since March 14th.

The Medical Unit's mission is specifically to assist with the healthcare needs of the Village Point Commons residents and to assist staff with training. There are no indications of exposure to the outside community.

6:05 p.m. -- Steny's Tavern and Grill donates 50% of Friday Fish Fry sales to laid off employees

Steny's Tavern is giving 50% of their Friday Fish Fry sales to the employees laid off due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Due to Governor Tony Evers banning gatherings of 10 people or more, Steny's Tavern and Grill, like many other bars and restaurants, was forced to lay off a large portion of their staff.

Now, they are trying to help those former employees survive without an income by donating 50% of their sales from Friday's Fish Fry.

The bar will have a drive-up lane and will be taking and fulfilling orders curbside only. Customers are being asked to line up on National Avenue on the eastbound (south side of the street) with overflow around the corner down 2nd street.

Steny's Tavern will only be selling the fish fry on Friday, which sells for $15. So, if you're looking to have fish Friday night, we recommend trying Steny's out.

5:42 p.m. -- Amtrak to limit number of trips from Milwaukee to Chicago

Amtrak announced Friday that they would be limiting the number of round trips from Milwaukee to Chicago.

Starting Monday, the train will only make two round-trips between the two cities. Typically, the train makes around seven trips, so this will be a significant adjustment for commuters.

The train will still take its usual route and make it's routine stops, just not as many times throughout the day.

This change comes amid the coronavirus outbreak and Gov. Evers ban of gatherings of 10 or more people.

5:11 p.m. -- West Allis' Hunger Task Force is keeping people fed during coronavirus pandemic

In West Allis, Hunger Task Force is hard at work.

"We're building boxes in the morning, we're building boxes in the afternoon," said Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force.

Those boxes hold about a week's worth of food and are being built by volunteers like Kelsey Burke.

"I am a teacher, so our school closed, and I was just trying to find something to do while we wait to see how the rest of the school year is going to work," said Kelsey Burke, Shorewood teacher.

Click here to donate.

4:58 p.m. -- Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver tests positive for coronavirus

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU Local 998) has confirmed a bus driver with the Milwaukee County Transit System has tested positive for COVID-19.

The person's name has not been released.

The person's name has not been released.

Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver tests positive for coronavirus

On Friday, MCTS also announced they would be limiting weekday services beginning Monday.

According to MCTS, the day-to-day services will now look more like the Saturday services.

Riders can look at the MCTS app, RideMCTS.com, and Google Maps to see the updated schedules and routes.

For future updates on MCTS schedules and routes, click here.

For future updates on MCTS schedules and routes, click here.

4:40 p.m. -- UW-Milwaukee cancels commencement ceremony

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has canceled its May commencement ceremony amid the coronavirus outbreak.

This news comes shortly after UWM announced they would have online classes through the rest of the semester.

The ceremony, which was scheduled for May 17, will not be rescheduled. UWM said they're looking into other ways to celebrate their graduates but have no specific details at this time.

Students will still receive their diplomas and degrees, and should still apply for graduation as they would if there was going to be a ceremony.

In an email to students announcing the cancellation, UWM Chancellor Mark Mone said, "These decisions are not made lightly, but with the best interests of our campus community and our student's families and loved ones in mind, especially since many people would make travel plans to attend."

The school also announced they would be refunding students for housing and updating tuition since students are not on campus.

The school also announced they would be refunding students for housing and updating tuition since students are not on campus.

UW-Milwaukee cancels commencement ceremony due to coronavirus pandemic

4:36 p.m. -- You can put a pause on mortgage, student loans, and taxes during coronavirus pandemic

There is light at the end of the tunnel for those feeling a financial hit from the coronavirus. Homeowners who lost their job or income during this public health crisis could be eligible to have their mortgage payments paused or lowered.

To find out if you qualify, you need to call your mortgage servicer, which is the company you pay your mortgage to. To be clear, this doesn't mean you don't owe money later.
For those who have a federal student loan, during a press conference Friday, President Trump announced, the interest on those loans will be waived temporarily, and you also have the option of putting a pause on your payments.
For those who have a federal student loan, during a press conference Friday, President Trump announced, the interest on those loans will be waived temporarily, and you also have the option of putting a pause on your payments.
For those who have a federal student loan, during a press conference Friday, President Trump announced, the interest on those loans will be waived temporarily, and you also have the option of putting a pause on your payments.
For those who have a federal student loan, during a press conference Friday, President Trump announced, the interest on those loans will be waived temporarily, and you also have the option of putting a pause on your payments.

You can put a pause on mortgage, student loans, and taxes during coronavirus pandemic

"Secretary DeVos has directed federal lenders to allow borrowers to suspend their student loans and loan payments without penalty for at least the next 60 days, and if we need more, we will extend that period of time," President Trump said.

If you owe money in federal income taxes, the deadline to both file and send in those payments has been extended.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted Friday, "At @realDonaldTrump's direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties."

TMJ4 News also reached out to Wisconsin's Department of Revenue, asking if the state filing date will also be extended. A spokesperson said the state agency would provide updates as it is able.

TMJ4 News also reached out to Wisconsin's Department of Revenue, asking if the state filing date will also be extended. A spokesperson said the state agency would provide updates as it is able.

4:33 p.m. -- Ozaukee County man in long-term care facility dies from COVID-19

A man in a long-term care facility in Ozaukee County has died from COVID-19, better known as coronavirus.

The man died in the memory care unit at Village Point Commons in Grafton on Thursday. Officials say he had underlying health conditions and tested positive for COVID-19 post-mortem.

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department is closely monitoring the developing situation.

Officials say, as of right now, there are three other residents from the same unit who have tested positive for COVID-19 with additional tests pending. One caregiver has also tested positive. They are isolated at home and have not worked in the facility since March 14th.

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department is working closely with Village Pointe Commons leadership to make sure all individuals who came in contact with positive residents and caregivers are notified, excluded from work, and monitoring symptoms.

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department is working closely with Village Pointe Commons leadership to make sure all individuals who came in contact with positive residents and caregivers are notified, excluded from work, and monitoring symptoms.
4:31 p.m. -- Milwaukee County Transit System to reduce weekday services

The Milwaukee County Transit System announced Friday that they would be limiting weekday services beginning Monday.

According to MCTS, the day-to-day services will now look more like the Saturday services.

In a news release, MCTS said, "This adjustment means that Freeway Flyers – including Route 143: Ozaukee County Express – will not be operating. Weekend schedules remain unchanged with one exception; Route 137 will not operate to the House of Correction."

Riders can look at the MCTS app, RideMCTS.com, and Google Maps to see the updated schedules and routes.

This news comes as more and more restaurants and bars are closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. With fewer people working, there are less riders; therefore, fewer buses are needed on the roads.

For future updates on MCTS schedules and routes, click here.

For future updates on MCTS schedules and routes, click here.
4:11 p.m. -- USA Swimming CEO urges delay of Tokyo Olympics to 2021

USA Swimming's CEO, Tim Hinchey III, is pushing for a one-year delay in the 2020 Olympic Games.

In a letter to the CEO of the United State Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Hinchey says he "felt compelled to speak out" about the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

"Our world-class swimmers are always willing to race anyone, anytime and anywhere: however, pressing forward amidst the global health crisis this summer is not the answer," he wrote. "Our athletes are under tremendous pressure, stress and anxiety, and their mental health and wellness should be among the highest priorities."

In closing, Hinchey urges the USOC to "use its voice and speak up for the athletes."

The 2020 Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24th to August 9th.

The 2020 Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24th to August 9th.
3:49 p.m. -- Preliminary unemployment claims in Wisconsin up by more than 45,000 since Sunday

Preliminary unemployment claims are rising very fast in Wisconsin due to coronavirus pandemic.

In the latest numbers per day from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, there are more than 45,000 new claims since Sunday.

These are preliminary numbers and are subject to change.

Daily Total
2020Sunday1,499
Monday4,392
Tuesday8,603
Wednesday14,988
Thursday16,252
Friday0
Saturday0
2019Sunday826
Monday1,329
Tuesday818
Wednesday725
Thursday703
Friday789
Saturday26

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) launched a new webpage that displays preliminary numbers related to unemployment claims received by DWD's Unemployment Insurance Division (UI). Information can be viewed by visiting the Unemployment Claims Data page. The preliminary numbers will be updated daily.

The DWD encourages people to file for unemployment benefits online. For more information on how to file a claim for unemployment benefits, click here.

The DWD encourages people to file for unemployment benefits online. For more information on how to file a claim for unemployment benefits, click here.
3:25 p.m. -- Stuck at home? You can now watch old Green Bay Packers games for free

Need something to keep you entertained during this pandemic? You can now watch virtually any Packers game from 2009-2019 for free.

Yes, you read that right. You can relive some of the most iconic moments in Packers history for free with an NFL Game Pass.

Starting right now, you can access an NFL Game Pass for free. That means you can access every Packers game from the past 10 seasons.

According to the Packers, this NFL Game Pass "offers an extensive library of football programming for fans. This includes access to past regular and postseason NFL games, previous seasons of award-winning NFL Films series such as Hard Knocks and A Football Life, and exclusive NFL Game Pass Film Sessions with some of the league's star players and coaches."

The pass will be offered free of charge through May 31 to fans within the U.S.

All you have to do is click here, create an account, and get your dose of football.

All you have to do is click here, create an account, and get your dose of football.

3:14 p.m. -- Gov. Evers orders hair and nail salons, spas, barbershops, and more to close effective Friday evening

Gov. Tony Evers has issued updated guidance to his order limiting public gatherings to 10 or fewer that will force the closure of hundreds of businesses across the state.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, all hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities must close.

"All gatherings that bring together or are likely to bring together 10 or less people in a single room or confined space, whether inside or outside, at the same time must preserve social distancing and follow all other public health recommendations issued by DHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)," the governor's office said in a news release. "Voluntary cancellation, closure, or limitations on the size of gatherings beyond the requirements of this order are permitted and encouraged."

You can read the governor's full order here:

You can read the governor's full order here:


2:54 p.m. -- UW Health healthcare worker tests positive for COVID-19

A healthcare worker at UW Health University Hospital in Madison tested positive for COVID-19.

UW Health confirmed to TMJ4 News a "positive result on our team," in a statement released Friday afternoon. Additional information TMJ4 news obtained is that the individual tested positive mid-week, and is being checked for mild symptoms.

That individual is now in self isolation. Additionally, a source indicates as of Thursday, no patients who had contact with the provider have tested positive. The full statement from UW Health is below:

"As COVID-19 spreads in our community, we know our physicians, providers and staff may be exposed and contract the virus, either through workplace interactions or providing care. We can confirm a positive result on our team and expect more. We are following COVID-19 protocols in handling this case and any others that should arise. Additionally, we launched a dedicated drive thru testing facility exclusively for UW Health physicians, providers and staff as part of an effort to keep our workforce healthy and preserve our capacity to handle care needs associated with COVID-19."

"As COVID-19 spreads in our community, we know our physicians, providers and staff may be exposed and contract the virus, either through workplace interactions or providing care. We can confirm a positive result on our team and expect more. We are following COVID-19 protocols in handling this case and any others that should arise. Additionally, we launched a dedicated drive thru testing facility exclusively for UW Health physicians, providers and staff as part of an effort to keep our workforce healthy and preserve our capacity to handle care needs associated with COVID-19."
1:51 p.m. -- Evers: 'No plans' for shelter-in-place order

At an afternoon news conference, Gov. Tony Evers said he had "no plans" to issue a shelter-in-place order, similar to what other states have decided to enact.

Evers said he was confident Wisconsin's current approach of banning public gatherings of 10 or more would do enough to help flatten the curve and reduce the spread of the virus.

The governor also reiterated that Wisconsinites should wash their hands frequently, practice social distancing, and stay at home if they are sick.

The governor also reiterated that Wisconsinites should wash their hands frequently, practice social distancing, and stay at home if they are sick.

Gov. Tony Evers: 'No plans' for shelter-in-place order in Wisconsin

Six southern California counties with a population of several million people were given such a shelter-in-place order last week. On Thursday night, California Gov. Gavin Newsom put in place a "stay at home" order for the entire state.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses in the state to stay home to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The mandate will exclude pharmacies, grocery stores and other essential industries, according to Cuomo. The governor also announced that he's banning gatherings statewide. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed.

The mandate will exclude pharmacies, grocery stores and other essential industries, according to Cuomo. The governor also announced that he's banning gatherings statewide. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed.
1:45 p.m. -- Number of total cases in Wisconsin tops 200

The number of total detected COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin now stands at 206, according to state Department of Health Services officials.

The news came in an afternoon news conference from Madison with Gov. Tony Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.

The news came in an afternoon news conference from Madison with Gov. Tony Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.
1:03 p.m. -- Mercury Marine confirms employee died of COVID-19

Fond du Lac-based Mercury Marine has confirmed to TMJ4 one of its employees has died of COVID-19.

"We extend our support, condolences, thoughts and prayers to the employee’s family and friends at this time. The company has communicated the news to our workforce around the world. In deference to the family, we will not identify the employee nor have any further to say at this time," a statement from the company says.

"We extend our support, condolences, thoughts and prayers to the employee’s family and friends at this time. The company has communicated the news to our workforce around the world. In deference to the family, we will not identify the employee nor have any further to say at this time," a statement from the company says.

Mercury Marine confirms one of its employees died of COVID-19

Thursday evening, Gov. Tony Evers identified the man in his 50s from Fond du Lac County as one of the first two coronavirus-related deaths in the state.

A third victim, a 66-year-old Milwaukee man, died Friday morning, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.

"Our hearts go out to all the loved ones affected by these deaths, and to all those suffering from this virus," said Gov. Evers. "We are committed to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and I want to recognize the hard work and bravery of our nurses, doctors, state health officials, and all those on the front lines in the effort to save lives. Together we will get through this historic health challenge."

"Our hearts go out to all the loved ones affected by these deaths, and to all those suffering from this virus," said Gov. Evers. "We are committed to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and I want to recognize the hard work and bravery of our nurses, doctors, state health officials, and all those on the front lines in the effort to save lives. Together we will get through this historic health challenge."
12:42 p.m. -- Pick 'n Save, Metro Market stores looking to hire over 2K people

Roundy's Supermarkets announced that it was looking to hire up to 2,500 people for their Pick 'n Save and Metro Markets across the state.

The company said that they need help in all positions and all shifts throughout their 106 stores.

Pick 'n Save and Metro Markets recently changed hours to accomdate those at risk of developing illnesses and complications from coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Stores are now open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., with "senior hours" being from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Stores are now open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., with "senior hours" being from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

12:17 p.m. -- Douglas County confirms first case of COVID-19

Another county has reported its first case of COVID-19. Douglas County's first case bring's the state's total to 188.

The county health department says the case is "likely associated with travel."

“It is important that Douglas County residents do not panic but continue to follow recommendations to protect themselves, others, and slow the spread of COVID-19.” said Kathy Ronchi, Douglas County Health Officer. “I am confident in our community’s ability to support each other in the difficult days ahead.”

“It is important that Douglas County residents do not panic but continue to follow recommendations to protect themselves, others, and slow the spread of COVID-19.” said Kathy Ronchi, Douglas County Health Officer. “I am confident in our community’s ability to support each other in the difficult days ahead.”
11:58 a.m. -- Beloit opens drive-thru in-person voter registration and absentee voting

The City of Beloit is opening curbside in-person voter registration and absentee voting through April 3.

"Voters should remain in their cars and await instructions from the poll workers," a news release from the city says.

Voters should enter the City Hall parking lot from Shirland Ave. and follow posted signage.

The drive-thru service will continue 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until April 3.

The drive-thru service will continue 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until April 3.

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11:37 a.m. -- City of Waukesha closes some outdoor attractions

Some outdoor attractions have been closed in Waukesha due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All park playground areas, Horeb Springs Skatepark, and all park restrooms have been closed, the city said in a Facebook post.

"We know that outdoor spaces are critical to the mental and physical health of our community, now more than ever. We are doing our best to maintain services with stressed resources," the city said.

"We know that outdoor spaces are critical to the mental and physical health of our community, now more than ever. We are doing our best to maintain services with stressed resources," the city said.

11:06 a.m. -- Fond du Lac County announces one additional COVID-19 case

At a news conference Friday morning, Fond du Lac County health officials announced one additional COVID-19 case, bringing the county's total to 15. One person has been released from isolation.

Only Dane (27) and Milwaukee (88) Counties have more cases than Fond du Lac County.

Fond du Lac County was also the site of one of the state's first COVID-19 deaths. The state's total now stands at 187.

Fond du Lac County was also the site of one of the state's first COVID-19 deaths. The state's total now stands at 187.


10:39 a.m. -- Roundy's looking to hire up to 2,500 people

Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc., which operates Pick 'n Save and Metro Market stores, announced Friday it is looking to hire up to 2,500 people due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The company says they will need help in all positions and all shifts at their 106 stores in Wisconsin. That includes full-time, part-time, and salaried management positions.

If you're interested in applying for one of those jobs, you can get more information here.

If you're interested in applying for one of those jobs, you can get more information here.
10:07 a.m. -- Milwaukee County adds more than 20 cases, bringing state total to 186

A new coronavirus tracking website from Milwaukee County shows more than 20 new COVID-19 cases in the county.

That brings the state's total to 186. The City of Milwaukee has the vast majority of the county's cases, with 63 out of 88.

That brings the state's total to 186. The City of Milwaukee has the vast majority of the county's cases, with 63 out of 88.
9:46 a.m. -- Wauwatosa Public Library launches curbside pickup service March 23

In the wake of closures from the coronavirus pandemic, a local library is offering curbside service.

The Wauwatosa Public Library announced its curbside pickup for those interested. It launches on Monday, March 23 and will take place Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you don't know what to request, the library will also offer suggestions.

"There is no contact with people when you pick up your items. When you arrive at the library, you call and wait in a designated parking spot. Then our staff brings items and hangs it on a post. Then you can retrieve your items," said Eva Ennamorato with the City of Wauwatosa.

For those who want to use the curbside service, you're asked to call the library at 414-471-8484 to place requests. You can place up to 5 items on hold. The library will let you know when the books are ready for pickup.

For those who want to use the curbside service, you're asked to call the library at 414-471-8484 to place requests. You can place up to 5 items on hold. The library will let you know when the books are ready for pickup.
8:59 a.m. -- Wisconsin family, friends stuck in Peru

A group of family and friends from Wisconsin are stuck in Peru and cannot get back. They are pleading for help from the U.S. government.

TMJ4 News was able to speak with them over FaceTime. Peru abruptly shut its borders with little notice.

The trip had been in the works for almost a year. A stop to see the sights in Peru, then on to a wedding in Brazil. But as this Milwaukee and Madison-area family sat on a tour bus, the shocking news hit.

"He booked it back, it was about a two-and-a-half-hour ride. He did it in [one-hour-45-minutes]. We went to the hotel, packed our stuff up in 5 minutes," said Mark Sprague.

Flights were canceled or overbooked with no extra planes. Now, they're stuck in their hotel, worried about money and dwindling resources.

"We have to buy bottled water, we can't do laundry. Well, we can but it's expensive, aside from washing your clothes in the shower or sink," said Maggie Sprague.

"We have to buy bottled water, we can't do laundry. Well, we can but it's expensive, aside from washing your clothes in the shower or sink," said Maggie Sprague.

Wisconsin family stuck in Peru

8:34 a.m. -- Jefferson, Rock Counties confirm first COVID-19 cases

The Jefferson and Rock County Health Departments said they have confirmed their first respective cases of coronavirus.

The person in Jefferson County traveled domestically and developed symptoms shortly after. The person in Rock County is 57 years old and is in isolation at home. There is no known direct contact with a positive case, although there is known travel to an event in Chicago.

The person in Jefferson County traveled domestically and developed symptoms shortly after. The person in Rock County is 57 years old and is in isolation at home. There is no known direct contact with a positive case, although there is known travel to an event in Chicago.
8 a.m. -- 66-year-old Milwaukee man dies from complications of COVID-19

A Milwaukee man has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner. He had been hospitalized for several days before his death.

Three people in Wisconsin have now died from COVID-19. The first two deaths were announced Thursday evening.

Three people in Wisconsin have now died from COVID-19. The first two deaths were announced Thursday evening.
7:17 a.m. -- Hamburger Mary's launches drag queen delivery service

Hamburger Mary's is offering carry-out service and delivery from its restaurant...with a twist!

The restaurant in Walkers Point is taking a "flamboyant experience" to the streets and to homes. Starting on Friday, Hamburger Mary's meals will be delivered by the restaurant's drag queens for a small delivery fee.

“Many of the drag entertainers that have dazzled tens of thousands of Milwaukeeans for nearly a decade at Hamburger Mary’s are out of work,” says co-owner Brandon Wright in a press release. “We wanted to make sure that we included them in any business decisions we made regarding delivery options during these difficult times.”

The service, called Divas A Go-Go, is offering a different option from the usual food delivery options, such as DoorDash.

Orders will be taken from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The cost for a draq queen delivery will be $8. 100% of the fee will be going to the entertainer and the driver.

Customers can call 414-488-2555 to place their order.

Customers can call 414-488-2555 to place their order.
7:06 a.m. -- Wisconsin gas prices are the lowest in four years

Gas prices are plummeting across the state of Wisconsin due to the impacts of the coronavirus. The average price of gas across the state is $1.95 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

According to Gasbuddy.com, some spots are as low as $1.45.

Nick Jarmusz, AAA Director of Public Affairs, said this is the first time the average price of gas in Wisconsin has hit under $2 a gallon in the last four years.

"It is ultimately supply and demand, there is diminishing demand both domestically and across the globe and at the same time we are not seeing any diminishment in the production or supply of either crude oil or refined gas at wholesale," said Jarmusz.

Jarmusz said the last time the supply and demand for gas had this big of a shift was after 9/11.

Jarmusz said the last time the supply and demand for gas had this big of a shift was after 9/11.

Wisconsin gas prices lowest in four years

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