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Southwest Wisconsin Newspapers will be providing regular online updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus situation.

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JULY 9 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 33,908 (up 2.03 percent from 33,154 Wednesday), 5.16 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 13,158 (754 positive, 5.73 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 19,032.
Total hospitalizations: 3,726 (up 1.17 percent from 3,683 Wednesday); 11.11 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 284 (76), from 274 (74) Wednesday.
Deaths: 809 (up from 807 Wednesday), 2.39 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,302 (up from 6,037 Wednesday), 18.59 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 26,792, 79.01 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 623,554 (94.84 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 185 (6,098), 13 deaths.
Green County: 103 (3,283), one death.
Lafayette County: 76 (1,478).
Crawford County: 44 (2,585).
Iowa County: 38 (2,750).
Richland County: 15 (1,708), four deaths.

JULY 8 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 33,154 (up 1.84 percent from 32,556 Tuesday), 5.15 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 10,736 (598 positive, 5.57 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 19,032.
Total hospitalizations: 3,683 (up 1.21 percent from 3,639 Tuesday); 11.18 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 274 (74), from 254 (69) Tuesday.
Deaths: 807 (up from 805 Tuesday), 2.43 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,037 (up from 5,988 Tuesday), 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 26,305, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 611,150 (94.85 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 180 (5,999), 13 deaths.
Green County: 101 (3,225), one death.
Lafayette County: 76 (1,459).
Crawford County: 44 (2,562).
Iowa County: 38 (2,708).
Richland County: 15 (1,686), four deaths.

• Department of Health Services COVID-19 Case Indicators over the past two weeks:
Grant County: 46 cases, up 88%, "moderately high," neutral trend.
Green County: 20 cases, up 54%, "moderately high," neutral trend.
Lafayette County: 15 cases, up 89%, "moderately high," downward trend.
Iowa County: 15 cases, up 63%, "moderately high," neutral trend.
Crawford County: 12 cases, up 72%, "moderately high," neutral trend.
Richland County: 0 cases, "low," neutral trend.

JULY 7 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 32,556 (up 1.54 percent from 32,061 Monday), 5.14 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 12,594 (495 positive, 3.93 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 19,014.
Total hospitalizations: 3,639 (up 0.75 percent from 3,612 Monday); 11.27 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 254 (69), from 255 (69) Monday.
Deaths: 805 (up from 796 Monday), 2.47 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,988 (down from 6,018 Monday), 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 25,758, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 601,012 (94.86 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 178 (5,921), 13 deaths.
Green County: 100 (3,160), one death.
Lafayette County: 76 (1,441).
Crawford County: 41 (2,519).
Iowa County: 28 (2,670).
Richland County: 15 (1,645), four deaths.

JULY 6 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 32,061 (up 1.53 percent from 31,577 Sunday), 5.16 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 5,286 (484 positive, 9.16 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 19,014.
Total hospitalizations: 3,612 (up 0.73 percent from 3,586 Sunday); 11.36 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 255 (69), from 244 (65) Sunday.
Deaths: 796 (same as Sunday), 2.48 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,018, 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 25,242, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 588,913 (94.84 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 177 (5,829), 13 deaths.
Green County: 100 (3,141), one death.
Lafayette County: 76 (1,435).
Crawford County: 41 (2,497).
Iowa County: 37 (2,613).
Richland County: 15 (1,631), four deaths.

JULY 5 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 31,577 (up 1.68 percent from 31,055 Saturday), 5.13 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 4,996 (522 positive, 10.45 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 19,014.
Total hospitalizations: 3,586 (up 1.68 percent from 3,574 Saturday); 11.51 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 244 (65), from 236 (67) Friday.
Deaths: 796 (same as Saturday), 2.52 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,877, 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 24,899, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 584,111 (94.87 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 175 (5,818), 13 deaths.
Green County: 96 (3,097), one death.
Lafayette County: 76 (1,418).
Crawford County: 41 (2,478).
Iowa County: 37 (2,613).
Richland County: 15 (1,619), four deaths.

JULY 4 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 31,055 (up 2.43 percent from 30,317 Friday), 5.09 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 6,822 (738 positive, 10.62 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 19,014.
Total hospitalizations: 3,574 (up 1.56 percent from 3,519 Thursday); 11.61 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 235 (67), from 244 (75) Friday.
Deaths: 796 (same as Friday), 2.56 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,763, 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 24,491, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 579,637 (94.91 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 172 (5,798), 13 deaths.
Green County: 94 (3,044), one death.
Lafayette County: 76 (1,403).
Crawford County: 41 (2,471).
Iowa County: 36 (2,582).
Richland County: 15 (1,598), four deaths.

JULY 3 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 30,317 (up 1.7 percent from 29,738 Thursday), 5.02 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 10,191 (579 positive, 5.68 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 19,014.
Total hospitalizations (as of Thursday): 3,519 (up 1.06 percent from 3,482 Wednesday); 11.93 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 244 (75), from 236 (74) Thursday.
Deaths: 796 (up from 793 Thursday), 2.63 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,473, 18 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 24,043, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 573,553 (94.98 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 165 (5,743), 13 deaths.
Green County: 93 (3,016), one death.
Lafayette County: 74 (1,382).
Crawford County: 39 (2,442).
Iowa County: 33 (2,508).
Richland County: 15 (1,572), four deaths.

JULY 2 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 29,738 (up 1.85 percent from 29,199 Wednesday), 5.01 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 12,878 (539 positive, 4.19 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 18,434.
Total hospitalizations: 3519 (up 1.06 percent from 3,482 Wednesday); 11.93 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 236 (74), from 237 (77) Wednesday.
Deaths: 793 (up from 786 Wednesday), 2.67 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of July 1): 5,320, 18 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries (as of July 1): 23,089, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 563,946 (94.99 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 162 (5,688), 13 deaths.
Green County: 90 (2,967), one death.
Lafayette County: 74 (1,361).
Crawford County: 36 (2,418).
Iowa County: 32 (2,460).
Richland County: 15 (1,555), four deaths.

JULY 1 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 29,199 (up 1.88 percent from 28,659 Tuesday), 5.03 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 12,608 (540 positive, 4.28 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 18,434.
Total hospitalizations: 3,482 (up 1.04 percent from 3,446 Tuesday); 12.02 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 237 (77), from 242 (79) Tuesday.
Deaths: 786 (up from 784 Tuesday), 2.69 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,320, 18 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 23,089, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 551,609 (94.97 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 161 (5,574), 13 deaths.
Green County: 89 (2,921), one death.
Lafayette County: 74 (1,319).
Crawford County: 34 (2,377).
Iowa County: 32 (2,404).
Richland County: 15 (1,501), four deaths.

• Lafayette County is listed as "high risk" and Grant and Iowa counties are listed as "moderately high risk" in the state's measure of county COVID-19 activity level.

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JUNE 30 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 28,659 (up 2.14 percent from 28,058 Monday), 5.04 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 12,781 (601 positive, 4.7 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 18,434.
Total hospitalizations: 3,446 (up 0.9 percent from 3,407 Monday); 12.14 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 242 (79), from 236 (90) Monday.
Deaths: 784 (up from 777 Monday), 2.74 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,284, 18 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 22,587, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 539,539 (94.96 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 154 (5,335), 13 deaths.
Green County: 89 (2,883), one death.
Lafayette County: 74 (1,319).
Crawford County: 33 (2,354).
Iowa County: 31 (2,351).
Richland County: 15 (1,483), four deaths.

JUNE 29 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 28,058 (up 1.14 percent from 27,743 Sunday), 5.05 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 5,957 (315 positive, 5.29 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 18,425.
Total hospitalizations: 3,407 (up 0.41 percent from 3,393 Sunday); 12.23 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 236 (90), from 291 (93) Sunday.
Deaths: 777 (same as Sunday), 2.77 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,060, 18 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 22,217, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 527,359 (94.95 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 152 (5,244), 13 deaths.
Green County: 88 (2,858), one death.
Lafayette County: 70 (1,290).
Crawford County: 33 (2,343).
Iowa County: 29 (2,254).
Richland County: 15 (1,474), four deaths.

JUNE 28 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 27,743 (up 1.67 percent from 27,286 Saturday), 5.05 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 6,451 (457 positive, 7.08 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 18,425.
Total hospitalizations: 3,393 (up 0.33 percent from 3,382 Saturday); 12.39 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 251 (93), from 248 (92) Saturday.
Deaths: 777 (same as Saturday), 2.8 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,009, 18 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 21,953, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 521,717 (94.95 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 150 (5,195), 13 deaths.
Green County: 88 (2,808), one death.
Lafayette County: 70 (1,269).
Crawford County: 33 (2,338).
Iowa County: 29 (2,259).
Richland County: 15 (1,453), four deaths.

JUNE 27 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 27,286 (up 1.69 percent from 26,747 Friday), 5.02 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 9,094 (539 positive, 5.93 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 18,425.
Total hospitalizations: 3,382 (up 0.93 percent from 3,351 Friday); 12.53 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 248 (92), from 262 (95) Friday.
Deaths: 777 (up from 766 Friday), 2.85 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 4,899, 18 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 21,606, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 515,723 (94.98 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 145 (5,137), 13 deaths.
Green County: 85 (2,780), one death.
Lafayette County: 68 (1,252).
Crawford County: 32 (2,316).
Iowa County: 29 (2,213).
Richland County: 15 (1,438), four deaths.

JUNE 26 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 26,747 (up 1.73 percent from 26,227 Thursday), 5.01 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 9,127 (520 positive, 5.7 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 18,425.
Total hospitalizations: 3,351 (up 0.75 percent from 3,326 Thursday); 12.68 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 262 (95), from 247 (94) Tuesday.
Deaths: 766 (same as Thursday), 2.86 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 4,803, 18 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 21,174, 79 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 507,168 (94.99 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 141 (5,096), 12 deaths.
Green County: 84 (2,748), one death.
Lafayette County: 66 (1,231).
Crawford County: 32 (2,298).
Iowa County: 27 (2,167).
Richland County: 15 (1,427), four deaths.

JUNE 25 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 26,227 (up 1.8 percent from 25,763 Wednesday), 5 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 11,222 (464 positive, 4.13 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 18,425.
Total hospitalizations: 3,326 (up 1.8 percent from 3,299 Wednesday); 12.81 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 247 (94), from 239 (89) Tuesday.
Deaths: 766 (up from 757 Wednesday), 2.92 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 4,900, 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 20,557, 78 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 498,561 (95 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 136 (5,032), 12 deaths.
Green County: 83 (2,699), one death.
Lafayette County: 62 (1,134).
Crawford County: 32 (2,287).
Iowa County: 25 (2,104).
Richland County: 15 (1,413), four deaths.

JUNE 24 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 25,763 (up 1.71 percent from 25,331 Tuesday), 5.02 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 10,070 (432 positive, 4.29 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 17,759.
Total hospitalizations: 3,299 (up 1.16 percent from 3,268 Tuesday); 12.89 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 239 (89), from 240 (93) Tuesday.
Deaths: 757 (up from 750 Tuesday), 2.94 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 4,881, 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 20,121, 78 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 487,803 (94.98 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 134 (4,920), 12 deaths.
Green County: 81 (2,639), one death.
Lafayette County: 61 (1,091).
Crawford County: 32 (2,267).
Iowa County: 23 (2,035).
Richland County: 15 (1,387), four deaths.

JUNE 23 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 25,331 (up 1.05 percent from 25,068 Monday), 5.03 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 11,794 (263 positive, 2.23 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 17,759.
Total hospitalizations: 3,268 (up 1.16 percent from 3,231 Monday); 12.89 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 240 (93), from 246 (93) Monday.
Deaths: 750 (up from 745 Monday), 2.96 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 4,725, 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 19,852, 78 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 478,165 (94.97 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 130 (4,857), 12 deaths.
Green County: 80 (2,606), one death.
Lafayette County: 60 (1,082).
Crawford County: 31 (2,234).
Iowa County: 21 (1,982).
Richland County: 15 (1,356), four deaths.

JUNE 22 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 25,068 (up 1 percent from 24,819 Sunday), 5.1 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 6,549 (249 positive, 3.8 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 17,668.
Total hospitalizations: 3,231 (up 0.34 percent from 3,220 Sunday); 13.08 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 246 (93), from 243 (94) Sunday.
Deaths: 745 (up from 744 Sunday), 2.97 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 4,776, 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 19,543, 78 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 466,634 (94.9 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 129 (4,813), 12 deaths.
Green County: 80 (2,590), one death.
Lafayette County: 56 (1,072).
Crawford County: 31 (2,220).
Iowa County: 22 (1,954).
Richland County: 15 (1,343), four deaths.

JUNE 21 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 24,819 (up 1.27 percent from 24,539 Saturday), 5.12 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 6,051 (280 positive, 4.63 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 17,668.
Total hospitalizations: 3,220 (up 0.53 percent from 3,203 Saturday); 13.08 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 243 (94), from 239 (90) Saturday.
Deaths: 744 (same as Saturday), 3 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 4,761, 19 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 19,310, 78 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 460,334 (94.88 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 125 (4,681), 12 deaths.
Green County: 80 (2,547), one death.
Lafayette County: 54 (1,063).
Crawford County: 31 (2,204).
Iowa County: 21 (1,931).
Richland County: 15 (1,337), four deaths.

JUNE 20 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 24,539 (up 1.59 percent from 24,154 Friday), 5.12 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 10,197 (385 positive, 3,.78 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 17,668.
Total hospitalizations: 3,203 (up 1.36 percent from 3,160 Thursday); 13.08 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 239 (90), from 241 (82) Friday.
Deaths: 744 (up from 730 Friday), 3.03 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 4,840, 20 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 18,951, 77 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 454,563 (94.88 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 124 (4,170), 12 deaths.
Green County: 79 (2,526), one death.
Lafayette County: 53 (1,050).
Crawford County: 29 (2,133).
Iowa County: 19 (1,895).
Richland County: 15 (1,298), four deaths.

JUNE 19 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 24,154 (up 1.16 percent from 23,876 Thursday), 5.15 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 11,116 (278 positive, 2.5 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 17,668.
Total hospitalizations (Thursday): 3,160 (up 1.02 percent from 3,128 Wednesday); 13.34 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 241 (82), from 247 (93) Tuesday.
Deaths: 730 (up from 719 Thursday), 3.02 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,101, 21 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 18,055, 76 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 444,751 (94.85 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 114 (3,851), 12 deaths.
Green County: 78 (2,479), one death.
Lafayette County: 49 (1,008).
Crawford County: 27 (1,772).
Iowa County: 18 (1,851).
Richland County: 15 (1,288), four deaths.

JUNE 18 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 23,876 (up 1.8 percent from 23.454 Wednesday), 5.22 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 10,599 (422 positive, 3.98 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 17,668.
Total hospitalizations: 3,160 (up 1.02 percent from 3,128 Wednesday); 13.34 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 241 (82), from 247 (93) Tuesday.
Deaths: 719 (up from 712 Wednesday), 3.01 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,101, 21 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 18,055, 76 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 433,913 (94.78 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 113 (3,801), 12 deaths.
Green County: 78 (2,300), one death.
Lafayette County: 48 (987).
Crawford County: 27 (1,599).
Iowa County: 18 (1,803).
Richland County: 14 (1,281), four deaths.

JUNE 17 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 23,454 (up 1.11 percent from 23,198 Tuesday), 5.24 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 9,664 (258 positive, 2.67 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 16,668.
Total hospitalizations: 3,128 (up 1.03 percent from 3,096 Tuesday); 13.35 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 247 (93), from 275 (100) Tuesday.
Deaths: 712 (up from 703 Tuesday), 3.04 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,128, 22 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 17,613, 75 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 423,736 (94.76 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 113 (3,701), 12 deaths.
Green County: 78 (2,226), one death.
Lafayette County: 43 (966).
Crawford County: 27 (1,522).
Iowa County: 18 (1,732).
Richland County: 14 (1,266), four deaths.

JUNE 16 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 23,198 (up 1.81 percent from 22,932 Monday), 5.3 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 17,377 (413 positive, 2.38 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 16,668.
Total hospitalizations: 3,096 (up 1.54 percent from 3,061 Monday); 13.38 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 275 (100), from 284 (100) Monday.
Deaths: 703 (up from 694 Monday), 3.03 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,372, 23 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 17,122, 73 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 414,330 (94.7 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 107 (3,624), 12 deaths.
Green County: 77 (2,235), one death.
Lafayette County: 43 (952).
Crawford County: 27 (1,494).
Iowa County: 17 (1,592).
Richland County: 14 (1,246), four deaths.

JUNE 15 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 22,932 (up 0.65 percent from 22,785 Sunday), 5.38 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 6,228 (147 positive, 2.36 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 16,668.
Total hospitalizations: 3,061 (up 0.39 percent from 3,049 Sunday); 13.38 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 284 (100), from 291 (101) Sunday.
Deaths: 694 (up from 692 Sunday), 3.03 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,400, 24 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 16,837, 73 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 403,447 (94.62 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 107 (3,588), 12 deaths.
Green County: 75 (2,195), one death.
Lafayette County: 43 (948).
Crawford County: 27 (1,482).
Iowa County: 17 (1,575).
Richland County: 14 (1,238), four deaths.

JUNE 14 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 22,785 (up 1.19 percent from 22,518 Saturday), 5.42 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 9,234 (267 positive, 2.89 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 16,668.
Total hospitalizations: 3,049 (up 0.46 percent from 3,035 Saturday); 13.48 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 291 (101), from 285 (99) Saturday.
Deaths: 692 (up from 691 Saturday), 3.04 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,507, 24 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 16,558, 73 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 397,366 (94.58 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 107 (3,560), 12 deaths.
Green County: 75 (2,167), one death.
Lafayette County: 41 (935).
Crawford County: 27 (1,306).
Iowa County: 17 (1,562).
Richland County: 14 (1,223), four deaths.

JUNE 13 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 22,518 (up 1/22 percent from 22,246 Friday), 5.48 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 11,309 (272 positive, 2.41 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 16,668.
Total hospitalizations: 3,035 (up 1.07 percent from 3,003 Friday); 13.5 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 285 (99), from 287 (104) Friday.
Deaths: 691 (up from 689 Friday), 3.07 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,595, 25 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 16,231, 72 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 388,399 (94.52 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 106 (3,522), 12 deaths.
Green County: 75 (2,143).
Lafayette County: 41 (922).
Crawford County: 26 (1,227).
Iowa County: 17 (1,539).
Richland County: 14 (1,204), four deaths.

JUNE 12 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 22,246 (up 1.46 percent from 21,926 Thursday), 5.57 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 11,626 (320 positive, 2.75 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 16,168.
Total hospitalizations: 3,003 (up 0.91 percent from 2,976 Thursday); 13.57 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 287 (104), from 306 (101) Thursday.
Deaths: 689 (up from 682 Thursday), 3.1 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,895, 27 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 15,348, 70 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 377,362 (94.43 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 103 (3,486), 12 deaths.
Green County: 75 (2,106).
Lafayette County: 38 (902).
Crawford County: 26 (1,214).
Iowa County: 16 (1,506).
Richland County: 14 (1,197), four deaths.

JUNE 11 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 21,926 (up 1.54 percent from 21,593 Wednesday), 5.65 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 9,275 (333 positive, 3.59 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 16,100.
Total hospitalizations: 2,976 (up 1.12 percent from 2,943 Wednesday); 13.63 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 306 (101), from 328 (114) Wednesday.
Deaths: 682 (up from 671 Wednesday), 3.11 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of Wednesday): 5,922, 27 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries (as of Wednesday): 14,999, 69 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 366,054 (94.35 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 101 (3,440), 12 deaths.
Green County: 72 (2,062).
Lafayette County: 36 (884).
Crawford County: 26 (1,198).
Iowa County: 16 (1,485).
Richland County: 14 (1,175), four deaths.

JUNE 10 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 21,593 (up 1.34 percent from 21,308 Tuesday), 5.7 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 10,187 (285 positive, 2.8 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 16,100.
Total hospitalizations: 2,943 (up 1.34 percent from 2,904 Tuesday); 13.63 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 328 (114), from 331 (117) Tuesday.
Deaths: 671 (up from 661 Tuesday), 3.11 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,922, 27 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 14,999, 69 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 357,112 (94.3 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 99 (3,391), 12 deaths.
Green County: 71 (1,968).
Lafayette County: 36 (851).
Crawford County: 26 (1,189).
Iowa County: 16 (1,447).
Richland County: 14 (1,150), four deaths.

JUNE 9 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 21,308 (up 1.28 percent from 21,038 Monday), 5.78 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 14,227 (270 positive, 1.9 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 15,500.
Total hospitalizations: 2,904 (up 1.54 percent from 2,860 Monday); 13.59 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 331 (117), from 322 (110) Monday.
Deaths: 661 (up from 646 Monday), 3.1 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,063, 28 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 14,583, 68 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 347,219 (94.22 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 99 (3,346), 12 deaths.
Green County: 71 (1,930).
Lafayette County: 35 (840).
Crawford County: 26 (1,170).
Iowa County: 16 (1,416).
Richland County: 14 (1,127), four deaths.

JUNE 8 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 21,038 (up 0.97 percent from 20,835 Sunday), 5.94 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 7,589 (203 positive, 2.67 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 15,508.
Total hospitalizations: 2,860 (up 0.42 percent from 2,848 Sunday); 13.67 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 322 (110), from 308 (107) Sunday.
Deaths: 646 (down from 647 Sunday), 3.07 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,149, 29 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 14,242, 68 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 333,253 (94.06 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 98 (3,316), 12 deaths.
Green County: 71 (1,906).
Lafayette County: 33 (830).
Crawford County: 26 (1,156).
Iowa County: 17 (1,383).
Richland County: 14 (1,118), four deaths.

JUNE 7 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 20,835 (up 1.28 percent from 20,249 Friday), 6.01 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 11,329 (322 positive, 2.333 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 15,508.
Total hospitalizations: 2,848 (up 0.56 percent from 2,832 Saturday); 13.77 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 308 (107), from 315 (118) Saturday.
Deaths: 647 (up from 645 Saturday), 3.11 percent of positive tests.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,140, 29 percent of positive tests.
Recoveries: 14,047, 67 percent of positive tests.
Total negative tests: 325,867 (93.99 percent of tests).
Positive tests (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 98 (3,261), 12 deaths.
Green County: 71 (1,867).
Lafayette County: 33 (810).
Crawford County: 26 (1,149).
Iowa County: 17 (1,353).
Richland County: 14 (1,112), four deaths.

JUNE 6 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 20,571 (up 1.59 percent from 20,249 Friday), 6.13 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 11,792 (322 positive, 2.73 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 15,508.
Total hospitalizations: 2,832 (up 1.47 percent from 2,791 Friday); 13.78 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 315 (118), from 355 (124) Friday.
Deaths: 645 (up from 633 Friday), 3.14 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,155, 30 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 13,770, 67 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 303,332 (93.74 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 98 (3,110), 12 deaths.
Green County: 71 (1,808).
Lafayette County: 30 (775).
Crawford County: 26 (1,115).
Iowa County: 16 (1,297).
Richland County: 14 (1,084), four deaths.

JUNE 5 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 20,249 (up 1.79 percent from 19,892 Thursday), 6.26 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 12,322 (357 positive, 2.9 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 15,418.
Total hospitalizations: 2,791 (up 1.9 percent from 2,739 Thursday); 13.77 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 355 (124), from 355 (117) Thursday.
Deaths: 633 (up from 626 Thursday), 3.13 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,278, 31 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 13,337, 66 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 303,332 (93.74 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county as of Friday:
Grant County: 98 (3,055), 12 deaths.
Green County: 70 (1,773).
Lafayette County: 29 (758).
Crawford County: 26 (1,102).
Iowa County: 16 (1,278).
Richland County: 14 (1,074), four deaths.

JUNE 4 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 19,892 (up 2.54 percent from 19,400 Wednesday), 6.39 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 12,148 (492 positive, 4.05 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 15,115.
Total hospitalizations: 2,739 (up 1.44 percent from 2,700 Wednesday); 13.92 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 355 (117), from 357 (130) Wednesday.
Deaths: 626 (up from 616 Wednesday), 3.15 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,159, 32 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 12,624, 65 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 291,367 (93.61 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county as of Friday:
Grant County: 98 (2,999), 12 deaths.
Green County: 70 (1,748).
Lafayette County: 28 (748).
Crawford County: 26 (1,087).
Iowa County: 16 (1,233).
Richland County: 14 (1,060), four deaths.

JUNE 3 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 19,400 (up 2.55 percent from 18,917 Tuesday), 6.49 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 16,451 (483 positive, 2.94 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 15,115.
Total hospitalizations: 2,700 (up 2.16 percent from 2,643 Tuesday); 13.97 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 357 (130), from 388 (139) Tuesday.
Deaths: 616 (up from 607 Tuesday), 3.18 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,159, 32 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 12,624, 65 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 279,711 (93.51 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county as of Friday:
Grant County: 98 (2,933), 12 deaths.
Green County: 70 (1,701).
Lafayette County: 27 (728).
Crawford County: 26 (1,063).
Iowa County: 17 (1,170).
Richland County: 14 (1,050), four deaths.

• The Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board announced that as of Monday certain college students — defined as students enrolled in a Career and Technical Education program ("such as nursing, engineering, hospitality and teaching") of four years or less — is now eligible for FoodShare. Before Monday only students in two-year programs were eligible for FoodShare. 

JUNE 2 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 18,917 (up 2.02 percent from 18,543 Monday), 6.69 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 10,522 (374 positive, 3.55 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 15,155.
Total hospitalizations: 2,643 (up 1.54 percent from 2,603 Monday); 14.04 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 388 (139), from 403 (136) Monday.
Deaths: 607 (up from 595 Monday), 3.21 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,109, 33 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 11,838, 64 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 263,743 (93.31 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county as of Friday:
Grant County: 96 (2,675), 12 deaths.
Green County: 68 (1,648).
Lafayette County: 27 (579).
Crawford County: 26 (1,000).
Iowa County: 16 (1,095).
Richland County: 14 (935), four deaths.

JUNE 1 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 18,543 (up 0.76 percent from 18,403 Sunday), 6.85 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 3,632 (140 positive, 3.85 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,755.
Total hospitalizations: 2,603 (up 0.77 percent from 2,583 Sunday); 14.04 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 403 (136), 414 (133) Saturday.
Deaths: 595 (up from 592 Sunday), 3.21 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,109, 33 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 11,838, 64 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 253,595 (93.19 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county as of Friday:
Grant County: 96 (2,583), 12 deaths.
Green County: 66 (1,611).
Lafayette County: 27 (567).
Crawford County: 26 (967).
Iowa County: 16 (1,046).
Richland County: 14 (830), four deaths.

MAY 31 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 18,403 (up 0.95 percent from 18,230 Saturday), 6.85 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 7,368 (173 positive, 2.35 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,753.
Total hospitalizations: 2,583 (up 0.78 percent from 2,563 Saturday); 14.06 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 414 (133), from 409 (144) Saturday.
Deaths: 592 (up from 588 Saturday), 3.22 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,164, 33 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 11,646, 63 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 250,103 (93.15 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county as of Friday:
Grant County: 95 (2,557), 12 deaths.
Green County: 66 (1,585).
Lafayette County: 27 (558).
Crawford County: 26 (951).
Iowa County: 16 (1,041).
Richland County: 14 (828), four deaths.


MAY 30 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 18,230 (up 2.97 percent from 17,707 Friday), 6.98 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 9,846 (526 positive, 5.34 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,753.
Total hospitalizations: 2,563 (up 2.56 percent from 2,499 Friday); 14.12 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 409 (144), from 423 (144) Friday.
Deaths: 588 (up from 568 Friday), 3.23 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,303, 35 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 11,338, 62 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 242,908 (93.02 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county as of Friday:
Grant County: 94 (2,355), 12 deaths.
Green County: 65 (1,549).
Lafayette County: 27 (534).
Crawford County: 26 (900).
Iowa County: 15 (999).
Richland County: 14 (803), four deaths.

MAY 29 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 17,707 (up 4.32 percent from 16,974 Thursday), 7.05 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 13,602 (733 positive, 5.39 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,753.
Total hospitalizations: 2,499 (up 1.7 percent from 2,452 Thursday); 14.65 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 423 (144), from 408 (138) Thursday.
Deaths: 568 (up from 550 Thursday), 3.21 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,258, 35 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 10,880, 61 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 233,588 (92.95 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 94 (2,355), 12 deaths.
Green County: 65 (1,549).
Lafayette County: 27 (534).
Crawford County: 26 (900).
Iowa County: 15 (999).
Richland County: 14 (803), four deaths.

• Park Place Senior Living in Platteville announced that its residents and staff were tested Tuesday, and found out Thursday that two residents and one staff member tested positive. The staff member "will not return to work" and the residents will be isolated until CDC/Department of Health Services criteria are met for their return. Park Place is closed to non-essential visitors, residents are being screened daily, and staff members are wearing masks, an ElderSpan Management news release said.

28 UPDATES

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 16,974 (up 3.11 percent from 16,462 Wednesday), 7.14 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 10,626 (512 positive, 4.82 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,753.
Total hospitalizations: 2,452 (up 1.7 percent from 2,411 Wednesday); 14.65 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 408 (138), from 413 (139) Wednesday.
Deaths: 550 (up from 539 Wednesday), 3.24 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,039, 36 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 10,384, 61 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 220,719 (92.86 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 93 (2,221), 12 deaths.
Green County: 60 (1,464).
Crawford County: 26 (885).
Lafayette County: 25 (520).
Richland County: 14 (621), four deaths.
Iowa County: 14 (939).

MAY 27 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 16,462 (up 3.78 percent from 15,863 Tuesday), 7.25 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 10,330 (599 positive, 5.8 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,253.
Total hospitalizations: 2,411 (up 2.07 percent from 2,362 Tuesday); 14.89 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 413 (139), from 422 (135) Tuesday.
Deaths: 539 (up from 517 Tuesday), 3.27 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 6,076, 37 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 9,846, 60 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 210,605 (92.75 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 89 (2,044), 12 deaths.
Green County: 58 (1,207).
Crawford County: 26 (861).
Lafayette County: 25 (479).
Richland County: 14 (585), four deaths.
Iowa County: 12 (755).

• The state announced it will award $200 million in Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants to counties, cities, villages and towns. Grants will be awarded based on population, with $5,000 minimum. Grants can be used for emergency operations activities, Personal Protective Equipment purchases, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, temporary isolation housing, local testing and contract tracing costs, Family Medical Leave Act and sick leave for public health and public safety employees, and local match requirements for expenses submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grants are funded by the federal CARES Act and will be awarded by the state Department of Administration.

MAY 26 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 15,863 (up 1.79 percent from 15,584 Monday), 7.32 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 7,774 (279 positive, 3.59 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,253.
Total hospitalizations: 2,362 (up 0.98 percent from 2,339 Monday); 15.01 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 422 (135), from 388 (121) Monday.
Deaths: 517 (up from 514 Monday), 3.3 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,940, 37 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 9,405, 59 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 200,874 (92.68 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 87 (1,999), 12 deaths.
Green County: 54 (1,174).
Crawford County: 26 (849).
Lafayette County: 25 (468).
Richland County: 14 (579), four deaths.
Iowa County: 12 (687).

MAY 25 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 15,584 (up 2.01 percent from 15,277 Sunday), 7.46 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 7,480 (307 positive, 4.1 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,153.
Total hospitalizations: 2,339 (up 1.04 percent from 2.315 Sunday); 15.15 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 388 (121), from 388 (128) Saturday.
Deaths: 514 (up from 510 Sunday), 3.3 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,862, 38 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 9,207, 59 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 193,379 (92.54 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 87 (1,977), 11 deaths.
Green County: 54 (1,100).
Crawford County: 26 (842).
Lafayette County: 22 (461).
Richland County: 14 (557), four deaths.
Iowa County: 12 (669).

MAY 24 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 15,277 (up 2.69 percent from 14,877 Saturday), 7.58 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 7,277 (400 positive, 5.5 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,153.
Total hospitalizations: 2,315 (up 1 percent from 2,292 Friday); 15.41 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 388 (128).
Deaths: 510 (up from 507 Saturday), 3.34 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,767, 38 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 8,999, 59 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 186,206 (92.42 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 82 (1,929), 11 deaths.
Green County: 53 (1,087).
Crawford County: 25 (670).
Lafayette County: 20 (443).
Richland County: 14 (543), four deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (626).

MAY 23 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 14,877 (up 3.34 percent from 14,396 Friday), 7.66 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 9,976 (511 positive, 5.12 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,153.
Total hospitalizations: 2,292 (up 1.46 percent from 2,259 Friday); 15.69 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 388 (128), from 416 (134) Friday.
Deaths: 507 (up from 496 Friday), 3.41 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,681, 38 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 8,688, 58 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 179,329 (92.34 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 81 (1,893), 10 deaths.
Green County: 52 (1,073).
Crawford County: 25 (647).
Lafayette County: 18 (426).
Richland County: 14 (529), four deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (607).

MAY 22 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 14,396 (up 3.68 percent from 13,885 Thursday), 7.69 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 9,976 (511 positive, 5.12 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,153.
Total hospitalizations: 2,259 (up 1.85 percent from 2,218 Thursday); 15.97 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 416 (134), from 398 (126) Thursday.
Deaths: 496 (up from 487 Thursday), 3.45 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,537, 38 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 8,362, 58 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 172,703 (92.31 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 81 (1,863), 10 deaths.
Green County: 49 (1,007).
Crawford County: 25 (641).
Lafayette County: 17 (409).
Richland County: 14 (509), four deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (596).

MAY 21 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 13,885 (up 3.52 percent from 13,413 Wednesday), 7.84 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 9,410 (472 positive, 5.02 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,140.
Total hospitalizations: 2,218 (up 2.64 percent from 2,161 Wednesday); 16.11 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 398 (126), from 393 (128) Wednesday.
Deaths: 487 (up from 481 Wednesday), 3.51 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,385, 38 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 8,012, 58 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 163,238 (92.16 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 78 (1,832), 10 deaths.
Green County: 49 (959).
Crawford County: 24 (635).
Lafayette County: 16 (400).
Richland County: 14 (489), four deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (557).

• The state announced the $50 million Wisconsin Farm Support Program to provide direct payments to farmers, and the $15 million Food Security Initiative. Farmers should apply through the state Department of Revenue, and payments may start beginning in June. Part of the FSI will go to food banks and pantries and other hunger-based nonprofits. 

MAY 20 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 13,413 (up 4.1 percent from 12,885 Tuesday), 8 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 26.591 (528 positive, 1.99 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 14,140.
Total hospitalizations: 2,161 (up 2.42 percent from 2,110 Tuesday); 16.38 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 393 (128), from 398 (130) Tuesday.
Deaths: 481 (up from 467 Tuesday), 3.59 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days: 5,203, 39 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 7,728, 58 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 154,300 (92 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 78 (1,752), 10 deaths.
Green County: 49 (918).
Crawford County: 23 (614).
Lafayette County: 17 (364).
Richland County: 14 (482), three deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (533).

• The state announced the $50 million Wisconsin Farm Support Program to provide direct payments to farmers, and the $15 million Food Security Initiative. Farmers should apply through the state Department of Revenue, and payments may start beginning in June. Part of the FSI will go to food banks and pantries and other hunger-based nonprofits. 

MAY 19 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 12,885 (up 1.56 percent from 12,687 Monday), 8 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 3,933 (198 positive, 5.03 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 13,392.
Total hospitalizations: 2,110 (up 2.03 percent from 2,068 Monday); 16.3 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 398 (130), from 379 (127) Monday.
Deaths: 467 (up from 459 Monday), 3.62 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 18): 5,215, 41 percent of cases.
Recoveries (as of May 18): 7,012, 55 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 148.237 (92 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 75 (1,705), 10 deaths.
Green County: 46 (873).
Crawford County: 23 (598).
Lafayette County: 16 (352).
Richland County: 14 (457), three deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (516).

• The state announced it is spending $1 billion to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, supply purchasing, emergency operations and resources for local communities. The $1 billion is funded by $1.17 billion in federal CARES Act funds. About $445 million is going to hospital systems and communities in the event of a COVID-19 surge late this year. Another $202 million is going to COVID-19 test kits.

MAY 18 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 12,687 (up 1.15 percent from 12,543 Sunday), 8.07 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 4,972 (144 positive, 2.9 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 13,392.
Total hospitalizations: 2,068 (up 1.47 percent from 2,038 Sunday); 16.25 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 379 (127), from 364 (131) Saturday.
Deaths: 459 (up from 453 Sunday), 3.62 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 17): 5,303, 43 percent of cases.
Recoveries (as of May 17): 6,786, 54 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 144,502 (91.93 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 74 (1,675), 10 deaths.
Green County: 45 (843).
Crawford County: 23 (591).
Lafayette County: 16 (344).
Richland County: 14 (451), three deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (499).

• The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses under its We're All In initiative "to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe." We're All In provides grants of up to $2,500 to small businesses "most impacted by the duration and restriction of the COVID-19 pandemic," including retail, restaurant and hospitality businesses. We're All In is funded mainly by the federal CARES Act. Applications will be available in early June.

MAY 17 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 12,543 (up 4.07 percent from 12,187 Saturday), 8.24 percent of tests.
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 5,824 (356 positive, 6.11 percent of tests); daily testing capacity: 13,392.
Total hospitalizations: 2,038 (up 0.99 percent from 2,018 Saturday); 16.56 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 364 (131), from 361 (128) Saturday.
Deaths: 453 (same as Saturday), 3.61 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 16): 5,191, 43 percent of cases.
Recoveries (as of May 16): 6,542, 54 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 139,674 (91.76 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 72 (1,634), 10 deaths.
Green County: 44 (824).
Crawford County: 22 (571).
Lafayette County: 16 (337).
Richland County: 14 (434), three deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (492).

MAY 16 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 12,187 (up 4.3 percent from 11,684 Friday).
Tests conducted/reported in past day: 6.051 (502 positive); daily testing capacity: 13,392.
Total hospitalizations: 2,018 (up 2.07 percent from 1,977 Friday); 16.9 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 361 (128), from 352 (120) Friday.
Deaths: 453 (up from 445 Friday), 3.72 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 15): 4,989, 43 percent of cases.
Recoveries (as of May 15): 6,250, 53 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 128,657 (91.67 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 72 (1,560), 10 deaths.
Green County: 41 (803).
Crawford County: 22 (552).
Lafayette County: 16 (330).
Richland County: 14 (422), three deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (475).

MAY 15 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 11,684 (up 3.6 percent from 11,275 Thursday).
Tests conducted in past day: 6,469 (410 positive); daily testing capacity: 13,382.
Total hospitalizations: 1,977 (up 1.96 percent from 1,939 Thursday); 17.2 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 352 (120), from 356 (125) Thursday.
Deaths: 445 (up from 434 Thursday), 3.81 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 11): 4,832, 46 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 5,176 (as of May 11), 50 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 128,657 (91.67 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 72 (1,523), 10 deaths.
Green County: 39 (767).
Crawford County: 20 (537).
Lafayette County: 16 (320).
Richland County: 13 (405), two deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (456).

MAY 14 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 11,275 (up 3.4 percent from 10,902 Wednesday).
Tests conducted in past day: 5,860 (373 positive); daily testing capacity: 13,345.
Total hospitalizations: 1,939 (up 1.62 percent from 1,908 Wednesday); 17.5 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 352 (120), from 343 (122) Wednesday.
Deaths: 434 (up from 421 Wednesday), 3.85 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 11): 4,832, 46 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 5,176 (as of May 11), 50 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 117,111 (91.48 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 71 (1,508), 10 deaths.
Green County: 39 (738).
Crawford County: 18 (524).
Lafayette County: 15 (306).
Richland County: 13 (401), two deaths.
Iowa County: 11 (446).

• In a news conference U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D–La Crosse) called on Gov. Tony Evers to "work with political leadership on both sides" of the Legislature to come up with comprehensive plans for testing, contact tracing and treatment in the wake of the state Supreme Court's invaliding the Safer at Home order. Kind said the decision "does not turn Wisconsin into the wild wild West," but added that the coronavirus is "still here, still very dangerous, and still very deadly." Kind said the situation calls for "political unity instead of partisanship." Kind also called upon the Trump administration to create a "national strategy for comprehensive testing" to stop the "bidding war" for personal protective equipment and testing supplies, as well as to "lift restrictions on the CDC and issuing more guidance" on best practices for reopening businesses.

MAY 13 UPDATE:

• The state Supreme Court struck down 4–3 the Department of Health Services Safer at Home order as "unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable" ordering people to stay in their homes, curtailing travel and ordering the closing of businesses exceeded the authority state statutes allow. The court also says Safer at Home was not an order but a rule, which requires it to go through the rulemaking process, including legislative committee approval.

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 10,902 (up 2.7 percent from 10,611 Tuesday).
Tests conducted in past day: 4,654 (291 positive); daily testing capacity: 13.795.
Total hospitalizations: 1,908 (up 1.65 percent from 1,877 Tuesday); 17.7 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 343 (122), from 326 (115) Tuesday.
Deaths: 421 (up from 418 Tuesday), 3.86 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 11): 4,832, 46 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 5,176 (as of May 11), 50 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 117,111 (91.48 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 70 (1,450), nine deaths.
Green County: 36 (690).
Crawford County: 17 (507).
Lafayette County: 14 (295).
Richland County: 13 (381), two deaths.
Iowa County: 10 (420).

The state Department of Health Services announced it is conducting a facility-wide public health investigation of Orchard Manor in Lancaster. Orchard Manor is one of 38 nursing homes where DHS is investigating COVID-19 outbreaks.

MAY 12 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 10,611 (up 1.85 percent from 10,418 Monday).
Tests conducted in past day: 4,906 (193 positive); daily testing capacity: 13.795.
Total hospitalizations: 1,877 (up 1.7 percent from 1,846 Monday); 17.7 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 326 (115), from 340 (117) Monday.
Deaths: 418 (up from 409 Monday), 3.9 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 11): 4,832, 46 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 5,176 (as of May 11), 50 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 112,748 (91.4 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 69 (1,369), nine deaths.
Green County: 34 (680).
Crawford County: 17 (490).
Richland County: 13 (368), two deaths.
Lafayette County: 13 (289).
Iowa County: 10 (400).

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MAY 11 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 10,418 (up 1.95 percent from 10,219 Sunday).
Tests conducted in past day: 3,069 (199 positive); daily testing capacity: 13.797.
Total hospitalizations: 1,846 (up 1.4 percent from 1,820 Sunday); 17.7 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 340 (117), from 332 (113) Sunday.
Deaths: 409 (up from 400 Sunday), 3.9 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 11): 4,832, 46 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 5,176 (as of May 11), 50 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 108,033 (91.2 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 68 (1,309), nine deaths.
Green County: 33 (644).
Crawford County: 17 (476).
Richland County: 13 (356), two deaths.
Lafayette County: 13 (276).
Iowa County: 10 (380).

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• Current listing of cases by U.S. Census tracts (note: census tracts with 0–4 cases or deaths are not listed):

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Grant County (68 cases, 9 deaths):
Clifton/Ellenboro/Liberty/Lima/South Lancaster: 27 cases, 9 deaths.
Lancaster: 7 cases.
Cassville/Beetown/Glen Haven/Waterloo/North Lancaster: 5 cases.
East Platteville: 5 cases.
Hazel Green/Jamestown: 5 cases.
Green County (21 cases):
Monroe: 16 cases.
Northeastern Green County: 5 cases.
Crawford County (17 cases):
Prairie du Chien: 5 cases.
Richland County (13 cases, two deaths):
Southern Richland County: 5 cases.
Lafayette County (13 cases):
Darlington/northern Lafayette County: 5 cases.

• The state Department of Health Services issued another executive order that allows "standalone or strip-mall-based" retail businesses that sell "goods," not "services," to reopen with a limit of five customers in the store at any one time. The order keeps closed bars and restaurants to in-premise customers, as well as keeping closed hair salons and similar businesses.

MAY 10 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 10,219 (up 2.82 percent from 9,939 Saturday).
Tests conducted in past day: 3,508 (280 positive); daily testing capacity: 13.797.
Total hospitalizations: 1,820 (up 0.8 percent from 1,806 Saturday); 17.8 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 332 (113), from 339 (110) Saturday.
Deaths: 400 (up from 398 Saturday), 3.9 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 3): 3,901, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 3,723 (as of May 3), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 101,935 (91.1 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 68 (1,270), seven deaths.
Green County: 33 (629).
Crawford County: 17 (350).
Richland County: 13 (351), two deaths.
Lafayette County: 13 (267).
Iowa County: 10 (374).

MAY 9 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 9,939 (up 3.64 percent from 9,590 Friday).
Tests conducted in past day: 5,019 (349 positive); daily testing capacity: 13.797.
Total hospitalizations: 1,767 (up 2 percent from 1,767 Friday); 18.4 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 339 (110), from 345 (110) Friday.
Deaths: 398 (up from 384 Friday), 3.65 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 3): 3,901, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 3,723 (as of May 3), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 101,935 (91.1 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 67 (1,227), seven deaths.
Green County: 33 (610).
Crawford County: 17 (297).
Richland County: 13 (340), two deaths.
Lafayette County: 13 (257).
Iowa County: 10 (362).

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• Current listing of cases by U.S. Census tracts (note: census tracts with 0–4 cases or deaths are not listed):

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Grant County (67 cases, 7 deaths):
Clifton/Ellenboro/Liberty/Lima/South Lancaster: 27 cases, 7 deaths.
Lancaster: 7 cases.
Cassville/Beetown/Glen Haven/Waterloo/North Lancaster: 5 cases.
East Platteville: 5 cases.
Hazel Green/Jamestown: 5 cases.
Green County (21 cases):
Monroe: 16 cases.
Northeastern Green County: 5 cases.
Crawford County (17 cases):
Prairie du Chien: 5 cases.
Richland County (13 cases, two deaths):
Southern Richland County: 5 cases.

Lafayette County (13 cases):
Darlington/northern Lafayette County: 5 cases.

MAY 8 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 9,590 (up 4.07 percent from 9,215 Thursday).
Tests conducted in past day: 4,605 (375 positive); daily testing capacity: 13.797.
Total hospitalizations: 1,767 (up 2 percent from 1,732 Thursday); 18.4 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 345 (110), from 298 (107) Thursday.
Deaths: 384 (up from 374 Thursday), 4 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 3): 3,901, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 3,723 (as of May 3), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 97,265 (91 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 66 (1,209), seven deaths.
Green County: 23 (497).
Crawford County: 16 (287).
Richland County: 13 (329), two deaths.
Iowa County: 10 (354).
Lafayette County: 9 (223).

MAY 7 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 9,215 (up 3.5 percent from 8,901 Wednesday).
Tests conducted in past day: 5,523 (314 positive); daily testing capacity: 14,797.
Total hospitalizations: 1,732 (up 2.2 percent from 1,694 Wednesday); 18.8 percent of positive tests.
Current (Wednesday) hospitalizations (ICU patients): 298 (107).
Deaths: 374 (up from 362 Wednesday), 4.1 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in past 30 days (as of May 3): 3,901, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 3,723 (as of May 3), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 93,035 (91 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 66 (971), seven deaths.
Green County: 21 (465).
Crawford County: 16 (273).
Richland County: 13 (316), two deaths.
Iowa County: 10 (329).
Lafayette County: 9 (188).

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• Current listing of cases by U.S. Census tracts (note: census tracts with 0–4 cases or deaths are not measured):

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Grant County (66 cases, 7 deaths):
Clifton/Ellenboro/Liberty/Lima/South Lancaster: 26 cases, 7 deaths.
Lancaster: 7 cases.
Cassville/Beetown/Glen Haven/Waterloo/North Lancaster: 5 cases.
East Platteville: 5 cases.
Hazel Green/Jamestown: 5 cases.
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Green County (21 cases):
Monroe: 10 cases.
Northeastern Green County: 5 cases.
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Richland County (13 cases, two deaths):

Southern Richland County: 5 cases.

MAY 6 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 8,901 (up 4 percent from 8,566 Tuesday).
Tests conducted in past day: 4,194 (335 positive); daily testing capacity: 14,797.
Total hospitalizations: 1,694 (up 1.9 percent from 1,663 Tuesday); 19 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 298 (107), from 348 (116) Monday.
Deaths: 362 (up from 353 Tuesday), 4 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days (as of May 3): 3,901, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 3,723 (as of May 3), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 87,828 (90.7 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 60 (922), seven deaths.
Green County: 20 (442).
Richland County: 13 (307), two deaths.
Iowa County: 10 (321).
Lafayette County: 8 (175).
Crawford County: 7 (267).

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• The state Department of Transportation announced a pilot program starting Monday that allows driver's licenses to be renewed online, and allows parental waivers of road tests for 16- and 17-year-old drivers who have completed the other requirements for their probationary licenses.

• UW–Platteville announced employee furloughs as a result of financial shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 70 employees will have "consecutive day furloughs" starting May 18 in areas where "services or workload has been reduced or eliminated." Other employees will be placed on "temporary work reduction furlough" starting May 18. An "intermittent furlough program" will add furloughs during the 2020–21 academic year starting July 1.

MAY 5 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 8,566 (up 4 percent from 8,236 Monday).
Tests conducted in past day: 3,830; daily testing capacity: 11,047.
Total hospitalizations: 1,663 (up 2.6 percent from 1,621 Monday); 19.4 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 348 (116), from 348 (116) Monday.
Deaths: 353 (up from 340 Monday), 4 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days (as of May 3): 3,901, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 3,723 (as of May 3), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 83,967 (90.7 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 55 (885), seven deaths.
Green County: 20 (431).
Richland County: 13 (300), two deaths.
Iowa County: 7 (308).
Crawford County: 7 (260).
Lafayette County: 6 (160).
The DHS census-tract map now shows 24 cases in the area of Grant County from south of Lancaster to north of Platteville, and five in Lancaster. The map also shows five cases each in two census tracts in Monroe, as well as five cases in northeastern Green County. The map also shows five cases in southern Richland County. 

MAY 4 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 8,236 (up 3.42 percent from 7,964 Sunday).
Tests conducted in past day: 2,742; daily testing capacity: 11,047.
Total hospitalizations: 1,621 (up 0.8 percent from 1,608 Saturday); 19.7 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 348 (116), from 352 (119) Sunday.
Deaths: 340 (up from 339 Sunday), 4 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days (as of May 3): 3,901, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 3,723 (as of May 3, 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 80,467 (90.7 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 48 (867), six deaths.
Green County: 16 (403).
Richland County: 13 (283), two deaths.
Iowa County: 7 (303).
Crawford County: 6 (255).
Lafayette County: 6 (158).

• The state Department of Health Services issued another emergency order that no Medicaid recipient will lose coverage during the COVID-19 emergency, a federal requirement to receive federal funding. Nurses also can bill Medicaid for overtime. The order also waives prior authorization requirements for some drugs and limits on refills and days supply that can be purchased by Medicaid recipients. The order allows for telehealth and other electronic communications within mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs, and suspends the requirement that emergency mental health services, community support programs, and community substance abuse services must be delivered in a face-to-face setting.

MAY 3 UPDATE:

Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association (graphs at www.swnews4u.com/local/swnews4u-coronavirus-updates/):
Total positive tests: 7,964 (up 3.97 percent from 7,660 Saturday).
Tests conducted in past day: 2,731; daily testing capacity: 11,047.
Total hospitalizations: 1,591 (up 3 percent from 1,591 Saturday); 21 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 348 (116), from 352 (119) Saturday.
Deaths: 339 (up from 334 Saturday), 5 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days: 2,917, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 2,882 (as of Monday, up from 2,669 Sunday), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 77,997 (90.7 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 48 (851), six deaths.
Green County: 15 (390).
Richland County: 13 (279), two deaths.
Iowa County: 7 (297).
Lafayette County: 6 (145).
Crawford County: 5 (248).

MAY 2 UPDATE:

Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 7,660 (up 4.73 percent from 7,314 Friday).
Tests conducted in past day: 3,360; daily testing capacity: 11,047.
Total hospitalizations: 1,591 (up 3 percent from 1,544 Friday); 21 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 352 (119), from 341 (127) Friday.
Deaths: 334 (up from 327 Friday), 5 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days: 2,917, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 2,882 (as of Monday, up from 2,669 Sunday), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 75,570 (90.8 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 43 (810), six deaths.
Green County: 13 (368).
Richland County: 12 (270), two deaths.
Iowa County: 7 (289).
Lafayette County: 6 (136).
Crawford County: 4 (240).

MAY 1 UPDATES: 

Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 7,314 (up 6.71 percent from 6,854 Thursday).
Tests conducted in past day: 3,622; daily testing capacity: 11,047.
Total hospitalizations: 1,544 (up 2.1 percent from 1,512 Thursday); 21 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 341 (127), from 350 (121) Wednesday.
Deaths: 327 (up from 316 Thursday), 5 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days: 2,917, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 2,882 (up from 2,669 Sunday), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 72,556 (90.9 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 41 (792), six deaths.
Green County: 13 (355).
Richland County: 12 (259), two deaths.
Iowa County: 7 (278).
Lafayette County: 6 (130).
Crawford County: 3 (229).

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• The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the lawsuit between the state Legislature and the Evers administration (specifically the Department of Health Services) over the Safer at Home order. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the court will hear arguments Tuesday, with a ruling expected "quickly after that."

APRIL 30 UPDATES:

Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 6,854 (up 5.12 percent from 6,520 Wednesday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,512 (up 2.3 percent from 1,489 Wednesday); 22 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 359 (119), from 350 (121) Wednesday.
Deaths: 316 (up from 308 Wednesday), 5 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days: 2,917, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 2,882 (up from 2,669 Sunday), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 66,630 (91 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 37 (769), six deaths.
Green County: 12 (344).
Richland County: 12 (255), two deaths.
Iowa County: 7 (265).
Lafayette County: 4 (120).
Crawford County: 3 (220).

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APRIL 29 UPDATES:

• The federal Small Business Administration said it is accepting Paycheck Protection Program loan applications only from lending institutions of $1 billion in assets or less today through 10:59 p.m. "to aid small community lenders, their small business customers, and ensure SBA’s systems run efficiently."

• The Department of Health Services has a new webpage listing the number of facility-wide public health investigations in long-term-care facilities, group homes, health care facilities, workplaces and other settings. The site does not list specific facilities where investigations are taking place.

• The state Department of Health Services unveiled its Badger Bounce Back dashboard, which shows progress in the Badger Bounce Back plan to "decrease COVID-19 cases and deaths to a low level and increase capacity in our health care system so that a phased reopening of businesses is possible."

Badger Bounce Back


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• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 6,520 (up 3.67 percent from 6,289 Tuesday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,489 (up 2.3 percent from 1,456 Tuesday); 23 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 350 (121), from 351 (123) Tuesday.
Deaths: 308 (up from 300 Tuesday), 5 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days: 2,917, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 2,882 (up from 2,669 Sunday), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 66,630 (91 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 35 (751), six deaths.
Green County: 11 (314).
Richland County: 11 (245), two deaths.
Iowa County: 7 (257).
Lafayette County: 4 (109).
Crawford County: 3 (215).

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APRIL 28 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 6,289 (up 3.42 percent from 6,081 Monday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,456 (up 2.9 percent from 1,415 Monday); 23 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 351 (123), from 335 (124) Monday.
Deaths: 300 (up from 281 Monday), 5 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days: 2,917, 48 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 2,882 (up from 2,669 Sunday), 47 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 63,535 (91 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 32 (551), five deaths.
Green County: 11 (302).
Richland County: 11 (237), two deaths.
Iowa County: 7 (245).
Lafayette County: 4 (106).
Crawford County: 3 (202).

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• The state Department of Natural Resources announced that 34 state parks and state forests that were closed April 10 will reopen Friday and be open daily except Wednesdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The list of reopening parks includes Belmont Mound State Park, Yellowstone Lake State Park, Blue Mound State Park, Tower Hill State Park, Nelson Dewey State Park, and Wyalusing State Park. The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. DNR boat launch sites are open at open state properties. Governor Dodge State Park near Dodgeville may close at times due to reaching "predetermined safety capacity."

• The Platteville Main Street Program issued a news release saying that senior citizens who do not have vehicles can have people pick up food for them from the Platteville Food Pantry at Lutheran Church of Peace with a note from the recipient with his or her name and address. Food can be picked up by Platteville School District-resident families once every 30 days. The Main Street Program says senior citizens who need food picked up for them should contact the Platteville Senior Center.

• The Grant County Health Department announced that 25 National Guard soldiers, Orchard Manor staff and GCHD staff conducted more than 240 COVID-19 tests at Orchard Manor last weekend. The testing revealed three new cases among residents, to go with 19 previously confirmed cases among residents (several of whom had no symptoms) and eight among staff.

APRIL 27 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 6,081 (up 2.88 percent from 5,911 Sunday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,415 (up from 1,397 Sunday); 23 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 335 (124), from 343 (141) Sunday.
Deaths: 281 (up from 272 Sunday), 5 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days: 2,969 (as of Sunday), 50 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 2,669 (as of Sunday), 45 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 61,311 (91.2 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 31 (541), four deaths.
Green County: 11 (291).
Richland County: 11 (232), one death.
Iowa County: 7 (243).
Lafayette County: 4 (105).
Crawford County: 3 (202).

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Census tracts with 5 or more positive tests.

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• A new Department of Health Services executive order allows "non-essential" business to do curbside dropoff of goods, rentals and animals, including dog groomers, small engine repair shops, upholstery businesses, such outdoor recreational rentals as boats, golf carts, kayaks and ATVs. The executive order also allows automatic or self-service car washes to operate if they can operate "free of contact with customers."

• The DHS suspended the premium and treatment needs question requirements for BadgerCare recipients, allowing the state to receive additional federal funding. Adult BadgerCare recipients who have no children will not have to pay premiums, and will have premiums they paid since February refunded.

APRIL 26 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 5,911 (up from 5,687 Saturday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,397 (up from 1,376 Saturday); 24 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 343 (141), from 341 (137) Saturday.
Deaths: 272 (up from 266 Friday), 5 percent of cases.
Diagnoses in last 30 days: 2,969, 50 percent of cases.
Recoveries: 2,669 (up from 2,313 Thursday), 45 percent of cases.
Total negative tests: 59,235 (90.9 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 30 (525), three deaths.
Green County: 11 (282).
Richland County: 11 (228), one death.
Iowa County: 7 (235).
Lafayette County: 4 (103).
Crawford County: 3 (197).

APRIL 25 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 5,687 (up from 5,356 Friday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,376 (up from 1,353 Friday); 24 percent of positive tests.
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 341 (137), from 356 (146) Friday.
Deaths: 266 (up from 262 Friday).
Recoveries (as of Thursday): 2,313.
Total negative tests: 57,138 (90.9 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 28 (509), three deaths.
Green County: 11 (277).
Richland County: 10 (221), one death.
Iowa County: 7 (228).
Lafayette County: 4 (86).
Crawford County: 3 (187).

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• The state Department of Revenue announced that the latest executive order suspends requirements that bar and restaurant owners sign for receipt of purchase of alcoholic beverages, and minimum lottery ticket sale requirements for retailers.

APRIL 24 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 5,356 (up from 5,052 Thursday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,353 (up from 1,318 Thursday).
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 356 (146), from 349 (146) Thursday.
Deaths: 262 (up from 257 Thursday).
Recoveries: 2,313.
Total negative tests: 54,573 (91 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 27 (483), three deaths.
Green County: 10 (266).
Richland County: 10 (218), one death.
Iowa County: 7 (217).
Lafayette County: 4 (86).
Crawford County: 3 (180).

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• The U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration announced that Paycheck Protection Plan applications will begin to be accepted starting Monday at 9:30 a.m., after funding was reauthorized. The combined news release said that “We encourage all approved lenders to process loan applications previously submitted by eligible borrowers and disburse funds expeditiously. All eligible borrowers who need these funds should work with an approved lender to apply." The release said that PPP “supported more than 1.66 million small businesses and protected over 30 million jobs" before funding ran out earlier in April.

• The Platteville School District announced that summer enrichment classes held in June are being canceled. The school district hopes to hold enrichment classes in July.

APRIL 23 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 5,052 (up from 4,845 Wednesday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,318 (up from 1,302 Wednesday).
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 349 (146), from 352 (137) Wednesday.
Deaths: 257 (up from 246 Wednesday).
Total negative tests: 51,456 (91.1 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 26 (445), three deaths.
Green County: 10 (258).
Richland County: 10 (212), one death.
Iowa County: 7 (208).
Lafayette County: 4 (75).
Crawford County: 3 (174).

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• The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the state has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, a new program for families eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. The benefit will be available for SNAP recipients and for new EBT recipients. 

APRIL 22 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 4,845 (up from 4,620 Tuesday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,302 (up from 1,252 Tuesday).
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 352 (137), from 358 (137) Tuesday.
Deaths: 246 (up from 242 Tuesday).
Total negative tests: 49,502 (91.1 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 25 (425), three deaths.
Green County: 9 (249).
Richland County: 9 (202), 1 death.
Iowa County: 7 (203).
Lafayette County: 4 (74).
Crawford County: 3 (169).

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• A news release from the Grant County Health Department says that Orchard Manor in Lancasster has conducted "comprehensive screening of residents" and staff, and "identified additional positive cases." The nursing home created a "negative-pressure wing" with filtered air for residents who become ill," which now has "several residents house there."

• A statewide survey from UW–Oshkosh reports that 35 percent of Wisconsin businesses participating in the survey, including 30 percent of businesses in the Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin area that participated in the survey, say they will be out of business in three months if state Safer at Home restrictions continue. Another 24 percent of PSW businesses say it is "impossible to say" how long they can remain in business, according to the survey. The PSW group reports losing $42 million in income, $21 million in inventory, $10.73 million in wages and employee productivity, and $76 million in "other impacts." The survey had more than 2,500 responses, according to UWO.

APRIL 21 UPDATES:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 4,620 (up from 4,499 Monday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,252 (up from 1,211 Monday).
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 358 (137), from 357 (142) Monday.
Deaths: 242 (up from 230 Monday).
Total negative tests: 47,841 (88.1 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 23 (Grant County Health Department reports 24 cases) (411), three deaths.
Green County: 9 (236).
Richland County: 8 (194), 1 death.
Iowa County: 7 (193).
Crawford County: 3 (159).
Lafayette County: 3 (72).

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• The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association announced it was canceling the spring sports season, including state tournaments. Schools have been closed since mid-March, and the Safer at Home order issued last week closes schools the rest of the school year.

APRIL 20 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 4,499 (up from 4,346 Sunday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,211 (up from 1,190 Sunday).
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 357 (142), from 357 (137) Sunday.
Deaths: 230 (up from 220 Sunday).
Total negative tests: 46,603 (91.2 percent of tests).
Cases (negative results) and deaths by county:
Grant County: 23 (Grant County Health Department reports 24 cases) (406), three deaths.
Green County: 9 (236).
Richland County: 8 (191), 1 death.
Iowa County: 6 (192).
Crawford County: 3 (156).
Lafayette County: 3 (72).

APRIL 19 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 4,346 (up from 4,199 Saturday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,190 (up from 1,176 Saturday).
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 357 (137), from 361 (136) Saturday.
Deaths: 220 (up from 211 Saturday).
Total negative tests: 45,323 (91.2 percent of tests).
Cases (deaths) by county:
Grant County: 18 (2) (Grant County Health Department reports 19 cases).
Green County: 9.
Richland County: 8 (1).
Iowa County: 6.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 3.

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APRIL 18 UPDATE:

• Coronavirus statistics as of today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association:

Total positive tests: 4,199 (up from 4,045 Friday).
Total hospitalizations: 1,176 (up from 1,153 Friday).
Current hospitalizations (ICU patients): 361 (136).
Deaths: 211 (up from 205 Friday).
Total negative tests: 43,962 (91.2 percent of tests).
Cases (deaths) by county:
Grant County: 15 (1).
Green County: 9.
Richland County: 8 (1).
Iowa County: 6.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 3.

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APRIL 17 UPDATE:

• The Grant County Health Department announced the death of a second county resident of COVID-19. The resident was older than 80. The Health Department also reported a person in his or her 50s who tested positive; that person is self-isolating at home and is not hospitalized. The Health Department reports 15 COVID-19 cases in Grant County as of today.

• Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus statistics as of today:

Positive tests: 4,045 (up from 3,875 Thursday).
Hospitalizations: 1,153 (up from 1,121 Thursday).
Deaths: 205 (up from 197 Thursday).
Negative tests: 42,365 (91.2 percent of tests).
Cases (deaths) by county:
Grant County: 13 (1).
Green County: 9.
Richland County: 8 (1).
Iowa County: 6.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 3.

• The Wisconsin Bankers Association issued a statement saying about federal stimulus checks that “Wisconsin’s banks must follow the law and legal court orders without exception. If a court has ordered a garnishment, banks are obligated to follow the law." The statement also says that "WBA has joined the American Bankers Association and Independent Community Bankers of America in calling on Congress and the administration to designate that the government’s economic impact payments are not eligible for garnishment. However, unless Congress acts, banks will continue to be obligated to follow the law and legal court orders."

• According to a news release from the Grant County Health Department, the state Department of Health Services now recommends that all patients with acute respiratory illness be tested for COVID-19. Testing priority is, in order, hospitalized patients and health care workers who have symptoms; patients in long-term care facilities, 65 or older and with underlying conditions, plus first responders, with symptoms; then critical infrastructure workers with symptoms and others not in the previous groups who have symptoms. Testing is still not recommended for people without symptoms.

• Unemployment Insurance claims in Southwest Wisconsin March 15–April 12 according to the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board:
Grant County: 1,802 in 2019, 3,625 in 2020.
Green County: 1,401 in 2019, 2,943 in 2020.
Iowa County: 1,597 in 2019, 2,806 in 2020.
Richland County: 754 in 2019, 1,498 in 2020.
Lafayette County: 555 in 2019, 1,088 in 2020.

APRIL 16 UPDATE:

• State government is extending the Safer at Home order to May 26. Schools will be closed for the rest of the school year. "Non-essential businesses" will be allowed to make deliveries, mailings and curbside pickup, including arts and crafts stores to make Personal Protective Equipment. Golf courses will be allowed to open with restrictions. Public library curbside pickup will be allowed. "Essential businesses" must "limit the number of people in the store at one time [and] must provide proper spacing for people waiting to enter," and must "adopt policies to prevent workers exposed to COVID-19 or symptomatic workers from coming to work."

• Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus statistics as of today:

Positive tests: 3,875 (up from 3,721 Wednesday).
Hospitalizations: 1,121 (up from 1,091 Wednesday).
Deaths: 197 (up from 182 Wednesday).
Negative tests: 40,974.
Cases (deaths) by county:
Grant County: 10 (1).
Green County: 9.
Richland County: 7 (1).
Iowa County: 5.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 3.

• From the Platteville Regional Chamber:

  • The Small Business Administration’s $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program has officially run out of money. SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding. Similarly, we are unable to enroll new PPP lenders at this time. Congress has been locked in a stalemate over a possible $250 billion extension, with congressional Democrats pushing for additional funding for hospitals and state and local governments.
  • The SBA also said on its website that it had run out of funding for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, stating the "SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis."

APRIL 15 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus statistics as of today:

Positive tests: 3,721 (up from 3,555 Tuesday).
Hospitalizations: 1,091 (up from 1,049 Tuesday).
Deaths: 182 (up from 170 Tuesday).
Negative tests: 39,326.
Cases (deaths) by county:
Green County: 9.
Grant County: 8 (1).
Richland County: 7.
Iowa County: 5.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 3.

• Kids from Wisconsin announced it has canceled its 2020 tour "after a thorough evaluation of the health and safety concerns." The Kids' schedule included a free concert at the Dubuque Botanical Garden.

• The Grant County Health Department posted on its Facebook page that the Safer at Home order also makes garage and rummage sales illegal.

APRIL 14 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus statistics as of today:

Positive tests: 3,555 (up from 3,428 Monday).
Hospitalizations: 1,049 (up from 993 Monday).
Deaths: 170 (up from 154 Monday).
Negative tests: 37,997.
Cases (deaths) by county:
Green County: 9.
Grant County: 8 (1).
Richland County: 6.
Iowa County: 5.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 3.

• The state Board of Aging and Long Term Care announced it is "retracting" its memo Monday that recommended ending "window visits" at long-term care facilities. The board said it "did not intend to recommend prohibiting allowed essential activities such as waving to a resident through a closed window or providing care essential to someone’s health and safety. We apologize for any confusion."

APRIL 13 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus statistics as of today:

Positive tests: 3,428 (up from 3,341 Sunday).
Hospitalizations: 993 (up from 974 Sunday).
Deaths: 154 (up from 144 Sunday).
Negative tests: 36,769.
Cases (deaths) by county:
Green County: 9.
Grant County: 6 (1), plus two reported by the Grant County Health Department Sunday.
Richland County: 5.
Iowa County: 5.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 3.

• A memo from the state Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance to long-term care facilities recommends that residents "Do not visit anyone face to face, either in a long-term care setting or outside in the community. Due to recognized spread in long-term care settings and the Safer at Home Order, this now includes not making 'window visits' at any nursing home or assisted living community."

• The state Department of Health Services announced the work requirement for the Medicaid Purchase Plan has been suspended indefinitely. DHS says that recipients still need to communicate with their agency about changes in employment, income, assets, medical expenses and number of people in their household within 10 days of the change.

• The state Department of Financial Institutions issued "emergency guidance" on "prohibited debt collection practices for debt collectors," including under state law "conduct which can reasonably be expected to threaten or harass the customer or a person related to the customer.” 

APRIL 12 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus statistics as of today:

Positive tests: 3,341 (up from 3,213 Saturday).
Hospitalizations: 974 (up from 950 Saturday).
Deaths: 144 (up from 137 Saturday).
Negative tests: 35,916.
Cases (deaths) by county:
Green County: 9.
Grant County: 6 (1).
Richland County: 5.
Iowa County: 5.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 3.

APRIL 11 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus statistics as of today:

Positive tests: 3,213 (up from 3,068 Friday).
Hospitalizations: 950 (up from 904 Friday).
Deaths: 137 (up from 128 Friday).
Negative tests: 34,680.
Cases (deaths) by county:
Green County: 9.
Grant County: 5 (1).
Richland County: 5.
Iowa County: 4.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 3.

APRIL 10 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus statistics as of today:

Positive tests: 3,068 (up from 2,885 Thursday).
Hospitalizations: 904 (up from 843 Thursday).
Deaths: 128 (up from 111 Thursday).
Negative tests: 33,225.
Cases (deaths) by county:
Green County: 9.
Iowa County: 4.
Richland County: 3.
Grant County: 4, with one death.
Crawford County: 3.
Lafayette County: 2 (plus a third case reported by the Iowa County Health Department).

• The state Department of Health Services announced that more than 215,000 state households will receive additional benefits through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Families not receiving the maximum monthly benefit amount — $194 for a one-person household, $355 for a two-person household, $646 for a family of four — now will receive the maximum benefit on QUEST cards April 12 and April 26. DHS is also exempting FoodShare recipients who are able-bodied adults without dependent children from the work requirement retroactive to March and through September.

• UW–Platteville announced that all summer-session classes will be online only, and all summer online classes will begin June 22. The session that was to begin May 26 will be only for co-ops and internships that were supposed to start May 26.

APRIL 9 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus statistics as of today:

Positive tests: 2,885 (up from 2,756 Wednesday).
Hospitalizations: 843 (up from 790 Wednesday).
Deaths: 111 (up from 99 Wednesday).
Negative tests: 31,424
Cases (deaths) by county:
Green County: 9.
Iowa County: 4.
Richland County: 3.
Grant County: 4 (death reported by Grant County Health Department, not DHS yet).
Crawford County: 2.
Lafayette County: 2.

• The Grant County Health Department reports Grant County’s first COVID-19 death, a person older than 80. The person tested positive for the coronavirus, though whether the coronavirus caused the person's death has not been determined yet.

• Gov. Tony Evers ordered the closing of Belmont Mound State Park, Yellowstone Lake State Park, Governor Dodge State Park, Blue Mound State Park, Tower Hill State Park, Nelson Dewey State Park, Wyalusing State Park and the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway due to ”growing difficulty with ensuring social distancing compliance” and facility maintenance issues.

• Evers' office issued a news release that "reiterates options for religious gatherings and services," which says, "Under the governor’s order, churches and religious entities are considered essential. Any gathering must include fewer than 10 people at a time if it occurs in a room or confined space. Thus, churches and religious entities wishing to conduct services while still complying with the governor’s order may, for example, conduct services via:
√ Parking lots with congregants staying in cars, avoiding person-to-person contact;
√ Streaming online; and
√ Having small gatherings (fewer than 10 people in each room) with multiple services."

• UW–Platteville announced it is canceling all in-person and face-to-face events, including camps, clinics and wedding receptions, on all three UWP campuses "through at least Aug. 1."

APRIL 8 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 2,756 COVID-19 cases, up from 2,578 Tuesday, with 790 hospitalizations (up from 745 Tuesday) and 99 deaths (up from 92 Tuesday), according to the state Department of Health Services. There have been 30,115 negative tests. Cases by county:

Green County: 9.
Iowa County: 4.
Richland County: 3.
Grant County: 3.
Crawford County: 2.
Lafayette County: 1.

APRIL 7 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 2,578 COVID-19 cases, up from 2,440 Monday, with 745 hospitalizations (up from 668 Monday) and 92 deaths (up from 77 Monday), according to the state Department of Health Services. There have been 28,512 negative tests. Cases by county:

Green County: 9.
Iowa County: 4.
Richland County: 3.
Grant County: 3.
Crawford County: 2.
Lafayette County: 1.

APRIL 6 UPDATE:

• The state Supreme Court overturned Gov. Tony Evers' executive order postponing in-person voting in tomorrow's election to June 9. The election now will take place as scheduled tomorrow. Gov. Tony Evers had ordered in-person voting suspended for Tuesday's election and rescheduled for June 9, unless the state Legislature enacts new legislation to change the election date. Legislative Republicans then appealed to the state Supreme Court, which voted 4–2 to overturn the executive order. Before the vote the administrator of the state Elections Commission told county and municipal clerks to continue to prepare for the spring general election to be held Tuesday.

• Wisconsin is now up to 2,440 COVID-19 cases, up from 2,267 Sunday, with 668 hospitalizations (up from 624 Sunday) and 77 deaths (up from 68 Sunday), according to the state Department of Health Services. There have been 26,574 negative tests. Cases by county:

Green County: 9.
Iowa County: 3.
Richland County: 3.
Grant County: 3.
Crawford County: 2.

• UW–Madison is hosting a webinar, "Considerations for Landspreading Milk," Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Some Wisconsin dairy farmers have been asked by their processors to withhold delivery of milk, resulting in the need for milk or milk/manure mixtures to be applied to cropland. Speakers will cover the reasons for milk surpluses at some dairy processing plants and future expectations; nutrient management as it relates to spreading of milk; handling and storage issues that should be considered for milk; and regulatory requirements for landspreading milk. The webinar is open to farmers, agronomists, agency personnel, and others who have an interest in the topic. Attendees are asked to register at https://go.wisc.edu/6mca3r by today at 4:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by UW–Madison, UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW–Madison Division of Extension, and the UW Nutrient and Pest Management Program. For more information, contact UW Nutrient and Pest Management Program Outreach Specialist Ashley Blackburn, aablackburn@wisc.edu.

APRIL 5 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 2,267 COVID-19 cases, up from 2,112 Saturday, with 624 hospitalizations (up from 588 Saturday) and 68 deaths (up from 56 Saturday), according to the state Department of Health Services. There have been 25,169 negative tests. Cases by county:

Green County: 9.
Iowa County: 3.
Richland County: 3.
Grant County: 2 (plus a third reported by the Grant County Health Department today).
Crawford County: 2.

• The Grant County Health Department announced a third coronavirus case in Grant County, a person in his or her 20s who is self-isolating at home and is not hospitalized. 

APRIL 4 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 2,112 COVID-19 cases, up from 1,912 Thursday, with 588 hospitalizations (up from 487 Friday) and 56 deaths (up from 37 Friday), according to the state Department of Health Services. There have been 23,859 negative tests. Cases by county:

Green County: 8.
Iowa County: 3.
Richland County: 3.
Grant County: 2.
Crawford County: 1.

APRIL 3 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 1,912 COVID-19 cases, up from 1,730 Thursday, with 487 hospitalizations (up from 461 Thursday) and 37 deaths (up from 31 Thursday), according to the state Department of Health Services. There have been 22,377 negative tests. Cases by county:
Green County: 8.
Iowa County: 3.
Richland County: 2.
Grant County: 2.
Crawford County: 1.

• After a federal court ruling the deadline for applying for absentee ballots for Tuesday's election has been extended to today at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots can be requested online at https://myvote.wi.gov. The federal judge also ruled today that county clerks cannot release election results until April 13, the deadline to receive absentee ballots to be counted.

APRIL 2 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 1,730 COVID-19 cases, up from 1,550 Wednesday, with 461 hospitalizations (up from 398 Wednesday) and 31 deaths (up from 24 Wednesday), according to the state Department of Health Services. There have been 20,317 negative tests. Cases by county:
Green County: 7.
Iowa County: 3.
Richland County: 2.
Grant County: 2.
Crawford County: 1.

APRIL 1 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 1,550 COVID-19 cases, up from 1,351 Tuesday, with 398 hospitalizations and 24 deaths, according to the state Department of Health Services. Cases by county:

Green County: 7.
Iowa County: 3.
Richland County: 2.
Grant County: 2.
Crawford County: 1.

• Platteville Public Transportation announced that starting April 2 bus and taxi services will be free for passengers. Parcel fees (for wheelchair and prescription pickups) will continue to be charged.

MARCH 31 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 1,351 COVID-19 cases, up from 1,221 Monday, according to the state Department of Health Services. Green County has six reported cases, Iowa County three, and Richland and Grant counties two each. The number of deaths statewide is now 16.

• The state Elections Commission met this morning and decided that Tuesday's spring general election will go on as scheduled barring action by the governor, the state Legislature or the courts in which lawsuits are pending. Supplies for municipalities will go out Wednesday to distribution centers for county clerks to then distribute. Some areas in the state are consolidating polling locations due to a lack of poll workers. The final day to request absentee ballots is Thursday. Three motions to the federal courts failed — one to ask to move the election to May 12, one against changing the date of the election, and one for the courts to require that absentee ballots be postmarked by April 7.

MARCH 30 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 1,221 COVID-19 cases, up from 1,112 Sunday, according to the state Department of Health Services. Green County has five reported cases, Iowa County three, Richland County two, and Grant County one, though the Grant County Health Department reports a second case. The number of deaths statewide is now 14.

MARCH 29 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 1,112 COVID-19 cases, up from 989 Saturday, according to the state Department of Health Services. Green County has four reported cases, Iowa County three, Richland County two, and Grant County one. The number of deaths statewide is 13.

MARCH 28 UPDATE:

• Wisconsin is now up to 989 COVID-19 cases, up from 842 Friday, according to the state Department of Health Services. Green County now has four reported cases, Iowa County three, Richland County two, and Grant County one. The number of deaths statewide is 13.

MARCH 27 UPDATES:

• Grant County news release:

Grant County Board Chairman Robert Keeney is asking residents of Grant County to immediately limit their travel and as much in-person contact as possible to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“Even though, as of now, we still have only one confirmed case of COVID-19 here in Grant County, it is safe to assume that there are more cases in our communities that have not been tested or confirmed," said Keeney. "I ask that residents stay at home, only leaving for essentials such as groceries, medications or for medical appointments. We cannot let our guard down and must continue to follow the Safer At Home order issued by Governor Evers. Protecting our residents is our number one priority and we need you to help us by staying at home.”

“This disease is being spread effectively by people with mild illness and even by those without any symptoms,” said Jeff Kindrai, Grant County Health Department Director/Health Officer. “Therefore, you should assume that you may be exposed if around others and you may be spreading it yourself without knowing."

“Unfortunately we have not seen the worst of this yet," said Keeney. "Based on the increase in confirmed cases in other counties across the state of Wisconsin, and the deaths thus far, it will get worse before it gets better. I’m asking that every one of you take this seriously, and consider our vulnerable populations and our limited number of emergency responders and medical personnel before you leave your home. We are all in this together, and together we will be stronger."

For more information about the Grant County response to COVID-19, visit www.co.grant.wi.gov and click on the COVID-19 link.

• The state Department of Health Services is issuing an order suspending evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The order "prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for any reason" unless not evicting "will result in imminent threat of serious physical harm." The order also bans the starting of a civil foreclosure action for 60 days.

• Wisconsin is now up to 842 COVID-19 cases, up from 77 Thursday, according to the state Department of Health Services. Iowa County and Green County have three reported cases each, Richland County has its first two reported cases, and Grant County has one. The number of deaths statewide is up to 13.

MARCH 26 UPDATES:

ª Wisconsin is now up to 707 COVID-19 cases, up from 585 Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health Services. Iowa County has three reported cases, and Grant County and Green County have one each. Seven people have died statewide.

• Grant County announced that the Administration Building in Lancaster is closed to the public, though offices are operating. County offices request that visitors call before traveling to the office; a list of phone numbers is at www.co.grant.wi.gov.

• The Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program needs healthy volunteers to help box food in food pantries in Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette and Richland counties. Contact information is available at www.swcap.org/covid19.html.

MARCH 25 UPDATES:

• Wisconsin is now up to 585 COVID-19 cases, up from 457 Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health Services. Iowa County now has three reported cases, and Grant County and Green County have one each. Six people have died.

Platteville police and the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office wrote Facebook posts that say they will not be randomly pulling over drivers in the wake of the Safer at Home order that took effect today at 8 a.m.

MARCH 24 UPDATES:

• The Grant County Health Department reports the county's first COVID-19 case, a person in their 20s probably exposed to a traveler who tested positive. The person is home under isolation and not being hospitalized, according to GCHD. People should monitor their own health for measured temperature more than 100, new or worsening cough, new or worsening shortness of breath, sore throat and body aches.

• Wisconsin is now up to 457 COVID-19 cases, up from 413 Monday, according to the state Department of Health Services. One case in Green County and one case reported by Iowa County.

• Iowa County reported its first coronavirus case, a 26-year-old woman who recently had been in Dane County. She is at home and not hospitalized. She had no known contact with a COVID-19 carrier, according to health officials.

• Tonight's 7 p.m. Platteville Common Council meeting will be streamed via Zoom. To get on the webcast, go to Join Zoom Meeting, https://zoom.us/j/4031107818 — the meeting ID is 403 110 7818. To conference in via phone, call 1-312-626-6799 or 1-253-215-8782.

MARCH 23 UPDATES:

• Gov. Tony Evers issued what he called a statewide "Safer-at-Home" order to start sometime after the order is issued, which is expected Tuesday.

• Wisconsin is now up to 416 COVID-19 cases, up from 381 Sunday, according to the state Department of Health Services. Still no cases in Grant, Lafayette, Iowa, Richland or Crawford counties so far.

• From the CDC:

Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people aged 65 years and older, and people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.

Other high-risk conditions could include people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; people who have heart disease with complications; people who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment; and people of any age with severe obesity (body mass index of more than 40 or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk. People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk. Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.

• Absentee voting begins today for the April 7 general election. Details on getting absentee ballots are available from county or municipal clerks and from myvote.wi.gov. 

• The state Department of Workforce Development announced that those filing for unemployment compensation need not "conduct at least four weekly work search actions" during the state health emergency, retroactive to March 12. 

• The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the state Supreme Court ordered that all in-person court hearings, including trials, be suspended through May 22. The Supreme Court order also requires hearings by email, teleconference and video conferencing through at least April 30. The Supreme Court's order supersedes county circuit order.

MARCH 22 UPDATES:

• From the state Department of Health Services: Wisconsin now up to 381 COVID-19 cases, including one in Green County, up from 281 Saturday. The closest of Illinois’ 1,049 cases is in Winnebago County. One of Iowa’s 44 cases is in Dubuque County, and Allamakee County has two cases.

• Gov. Tony Evers directed the Department of Public Instruction to suspend administrative rules on student hours of instruction, and assessments for student–teachers. The order also suspends the deadline to apply for open enrollment under the state public school choice law.

• A new executive order from the state Public Service Commission prohibits utilities from disconnections for nonpayment for all customers, including residential, commercial, industrial and farm customers. The order also prohibits assessing late fees, requiring deposits to reconnect services, and authorizes water utilities to institute budget billing, as electric and natural gas companies now are able to do.

MARCH 21 UPDATES:

• The state Department of Revenue announced that the state income tax filing and payment deadline has moved from April 15 to July 15, same as the new federal deadline.

• From the state Department of Health Services: Wisconsin now up to 281coronavirus cases, including one in Green County, up from 206 Friday. The closest of Illinois’ 585 cases is in Winnebago County. One of Iowa’s 44 cases is in Dubuque County.

MARCH 20 UPDATES:

• Update from Grant County: The Health Department, Register of Deeds and Social Services offices are open, but county residents are asked to do as much online as possible and call before visiting the office. The ADRC office has "restricted" entry. The Veterans Service Office will not take in-person office visits. Home-delivered meals will continue "until further notice," as the meal sites are closed. COVID-19 testing is "currently not recommended for people with mild, upper respiratory symptoms, or those with mild illnesses for which they would not normally seek medical care.  It is recommended that residents self-isolate at home until symptoms improve." Voters are recommended to get an absentee ballot by mail; go to https://myvotewi.gov.

• Gov. Tony Evers ordered the Department of Health Services to "issue updates" on the mass-gatherings order of earlier this week. The updated order treats restaurants and bars the same; bars may now sell food and alcohol by carryout "if allowed by local ordinances and state law." Laundromats, financial institutions, "all parts of the food delivery system," "allied health professions," "all parts of our transportation system," and facilities used for polling locations except for long-term-care and assisted-living facilities may remain open. Hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, "body art establishments" and tanning facilities are ordered closed as of today at 5 p.m. The order also says that "Media and news organizations can remain open to provide the public with vital information."

• From the state Department of Health Services: Wisconsin now up to 206 coronavirus cases, including the first in Green County, up from 155 Thursday. The closest of Illinois’ 585 cases is in Winnebago County. One of Iowa’s 44 cases is in Dubuque County.

• Sinsinawa Mound announced it is closed to the public, and all events are canceled through at least April 15.

• Information from county health departments on COVID-19 can be found by clicking on the links for Grant County, Lafayette County, Iowa County, Green CountyVernon County, Crawford County and Richland County.

• The Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15. There will be no interest or penalties assessed against taxpayers before July 15.

• Dubuque police posted this on its Facebook page today about the report of a positive test in Dubuque yesterday. It begins with: "No, the National Guard is not coming here to quarantine the city; No, the bridges aren’t being closed to Wisconsin and Illinois; and YES the ridiculous rumors do more harm than good."

MARCH 19 UPDATES:

• According to the City of Dubuque Government Facebook page "A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Dubuque County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health the individual is self-isolating at home."

• According to the state Department of Natural Resources state parks and trails are open to the public, with a voluntary entrance fee. More at https://dnr.wi.gov/news/Releases/Article/?id=5067&fbclid=IwAR2NkpgnILagN5_dFr1W_0MAYIFy6EG8Urq8vzxd_Vk1lh3agKBhmHcol3g.

• Food pantry distributions in the Platteville School District:

Platteville Food Pantry, Lutheran Church of Peace, 1345 N. Water St.: Today 5:30–7 p.m. (only for Platteville School District residents)
VFW, 110 E. Mineral St.: Friday 9:30 a.m.
The April Ruby's Pantry distribution (usually at Platteville United Methodist Church) has been canceled.

• As of Thursday afternoon Wisconsin had 155 cases, none in this area.

• The Second Harvest Food Pantry at the VFW in Platteville will take place Friday at 9:30 a.m. Patrons are asked to stay in their vehicles and drive northbound on North Second Street to receive food. Patrons are asked to clear their vehicles for loading on the passenger side. Those who walk to the food pantry will not have assistance with putting food into their personal carts. Distribution is expected to go quickly.

• The City of Platteville has declared a state of emergency for the next 30 days. The declaration by Common Council President Barb Daus will be ratified at Tuesday's council meeting.

• UW–Platteville announced that face-to-face instruction will be suspended for the rest of the spring semester. Classes in "alternative delivery" will take place March 30–April 9 and, after the April break, April 14–May 22. Students now in the residence halls will receive an email on further instructions.

MARCH 18 UPDATES:

• The City of Platteville announced the Municipal Building is closing as of 5 p.m., though the city will continue to provide services. 

• Grant County announced the courthouse in Lancaster is open, but "non-essential court functions will be postponed" and "personal court appearances will be limited." Requests for alternate forms of appearance, including by phone, "are being considered for many hearings at this time."

• The state Department of Transportation announced that all Division of Motor Vehicles Services Centers will be closed Friday. When they reopen Monday, in-person services will be limited to new drivers' licenses and ID cards by appointment only; other services are available at wisconsindmv.gov/DLGuide. The DOT also said that any driver's licenses, including CDL licenses, that expire during the state health emergency will automatically be renewed for 60 days. All driver's license tests are canceled until further notice.

• A news release from the state Department of Revenue says that all AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Tax Counseling for the Elderly sites and most IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites have shut down. Phone numbers for AARP are 1-866-227-7669 and for VITA 1-800-906-9887.

• UW–Platteville announced that "employees are directed to communicate personal travel plans to their supervisor. It is strongly recommended that employees postpone or cancel personal travel outside of Wisconsin. This includes both International travel and domestic travel to states where CDC deems there is sustained community transmission. In order to reduce and mitigate any potential exposure to the campus communities, if a student, faculty or staff member travels to an area that is outside the local area and/or attends a large public event (updated per Governor Evers's Emergency Order #5 on March 17, 2020 prohibited mass gatherings of 10 people of more), the university is asking that person to remain off campus for a period of 14 days for the safety of students, faculty and staff."

• The Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program said its food pantries in Arena, Boscobel, Darlington, Dodgeville, Hazel Green and Monroe are remaining open. More information is available at www.swcap.org/covid19.html.

• The Wisconsin Bankers Association has created two interactive maps showing the bank lobbies and drive-throughs in the state that are currently open and available to customers. The online interactive maps can be accessed by visiting the WBA website

• Iowa County announced that it is asking people with business with county offices to do as much as possible by phone and email. Iowa County Public Health advises to "stay informed with reliable sources of information, take everyday actions to protect yourself and those you love, and share accurate information with neighbors, friends and co-workers, especially people who may have difficulty receiving or understanding the information."

MARCH 17 UPDATES:

• Gov. Tony Evers directed the Department of Health Services to ban as of 5 p.m. "all public and private mass gatherings" of 10 or more people. Schools will be closed "for the duration of the emergency." Exceptions include transportation, educational institutions, child care, hotels, military facilities, law enforcement, food pantries, hospitals, long-term care facilities, grocery stores and convenience stores, utility facilities, office spaces, manufacturing facilities, job centers and courts. Bars and restaurants can only offer take-out or delivery. The penalty for violation of the order is up to 30 days in jail and $500 fine. The proclamation can be read here.