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

As of Monday, there were a total of 557,663 confirmed cases and 22,116 deaths in the U.S., according to tracking data from Johns Hopkins. At least 41,871 people have recovered.

Here in Wisconsin, as of Monday, there were 3,472 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. 171 people have died. 36,769 tests have come back negative. Here is the latest county-by-county breakdown:

Wisconsin County Positive as of 4/13/2020 Negative as of 4/13/2020 Deaths as of 4/13/2020 Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 4/13/2020 Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 4/13/2020
Adams 3 91 0 14.9 0%
Ashland 2 65 0 12.7 0%
Barron 6 439 0 13.3 0%
Bayfield 3 93 0 20.0 0%
Brown 77 881 1 29.6 1%
Buffalo 3 112 1 22.8 33%
Burnett 0 49 0 0.0 0%
Calumet 5 199 0 10.0 0%
Chippewa 20 601 0 31.4 0%
Clark 8 104 0 23.2 0%
Columbia 25 467 1 43.9 4%
Crawford 3 127 0 18.4 0%
Dane 340 5,814 12 64.2 4%
Dodge 19 525 0 21.6 0%
Door 9 98 0 32.8 0%
Douglas 7 309 0 16.1 0%
Dunn 9 574 0 20.2 0%
Eau Claire 21 1,153 0 20.4 0%
Florence 2 7 0 46.1 0%
Fond du Lac 57 846 2 55.7 4%
Forest 0 32 0 0.0 0%
Grant 6 256 1 11.6 17%
Green 9 193 0 24.4 0%
Green Lake 1 94 0 5.3 0%
Iowa 5 150 0 21.2 0%
Iron 2 23 1 35.0 50%
Jackson 10 131 1 48.8 10%
Jefferson 24 495 0 28.4 0%
Juneau 7 201 1 26.5 14%
Kenosha 182 1,172 4 108.1 2%
Kewaunee 4 61 0 19.6 0%
La Crosse 25 1,106 0 21.2 0%
Lafayette 3 54 0 17.9 0%
Langlade 0 54 0 0.0 0%
Lincoln 0 109 0 0.0 0%
Manitowoc 3 170 0 3.8 0%
Marathon 14 395 1 10.4 7%
Marinette 3 149 0 7.4 0%
Marquette 2 99 0 13.2 0%
Menominee 1 8 0 21.8 0%
Milwaukee 1,775 7,461 94 182.7 5%
Monroe 8 422 0 17.6 0%
Oconto 3 139 0 8.0 0%
Oneida 6 179 0 17.0 0%
Outagamie 29 625 2 15.7 7%
Ozaukee 72 548 9 81.6 13%
Pepin 0 74 0 0.0 0%
Pierce 7 263 0 16.8 0%
Polk 3 135 0 6.9 0%
Portage 4 189 0 5.7 0%
Price 1 42 0 7.4 0%
Racine 132 934 5 59.9 3%
Richland 5 156 0 28.5 0%
Rock 60 1,002 3 37.1 5%
Rusk 3 71 0 21.2 0%
Sauk 26 427 2 40.9 8%
Sawyer 1 140 0 6.1 0%
Shawano 5 165 0 12.2 0%
Sheboygan 36 547 2 31.2 6%
St. Croix 10 262 0 11.4 0%
Taylor 0 61 0 0.0 0%
Trempealeau 1 283 0 3.4 0%
Vernon 0 215 0 0.0 0%
Vilas 4 77 0 18.5 0%
Walworth 38 387 0 36.9 0%
Washburn 0 99 0 0.0 0%
Washington 73 994 3 54.3 4%
Waukesha 218 2,166 7 54.7 3%
Waupaca 4 197 1 7.8 25%
Waushara 2 76 0 8.3 0%
Winnebago 27 656 1 15.9 4%
Wood 2 271 0 2.7 0%
Total 3,472 36,769 171 59.3 4%

Editor’s note: The numbers above may not match data from the state’s Department of Health Services website. Many Wisconsin counties release confirmed COVID-19 cases independent of the state, and those cases are reflected in the above total.

Monday, April 13

10:47 p.m. — Wisconsin health officials see early signs of flattening the curve

As Wisconsin health officials see signs of “flattening the curve,” they warn against any rollback of restrictions, especially after an election and religious holidays.

“We’re starting to see Wisconsin flattening the curve, which means safer at home is working,” Gov. Tony Evers said during the state’s daily health briefing.

Wisconsin saw the lowest daily increase in new COVID-19 cases on Monday for the first time in nearly three weeks.

“Wisconsin currently ranks in the top ten performance in flattening the curve of all the states in the union,” said Dr. John Raymond, the CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

10:02 p.m. — Milwaukee-area residents file federal lawsuit for the chance to still vote in April 7 election

The elections results have come in, but some people still want the chance to vote in the April 7th election.

A federal class-action lawsuit was filed in court Monday by 14 Milwaukee-area voters. They say they were disenfranchised by the coronavirus pandemic and want a new election or a partial re-vote.

“Those people all lost their right to vote in last Tuesday’s election. Forcing all of these folks to choose between protecting their health and voting,” said Joseph Goode, an attorney representing the voters.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs cite missing absentee ballots and no accommodations for people with autoimmune issues as among the reason why 14 Milwaukee-area residents are suing for a chance to cast a ballot—those suing range in age from 19 to 89.

“These are folks who aren’t safe to be out because of their conditions, and they absolutely vote,” said Jay Urban, a Milwaukee attorney representing plaintiffs.

7:51 p.m. — Many receive first wave of stimulus payments, other checks to arrive as soon as Wednesday

Individuals who have direct deposit information on hand with the IRS will see their stimulus checks hit their account as soon as April 15th.

Mary Lou Robinson is thankful to have a job still because, with record unemployment numbers, she knows the hard reality many are facing. That why Mary said when her stimulus payment clears, she plans on saving away some money.

“I had nothing to prepare myself for this, and I am fortunate because I am an essential worker to be able to still work, but that can change overnight if I get sick,” said Mary Lou.

Mary’s said her $1,200 would help towards essential needs like fixing her car and paying medical bills.

For individuals like Mary, who make under 75,000 a year, they will receive a $1,200 payment. Those who are married, filed jointly, and make under $150,000 qualify for a $2,400 payment and an additional $500 for qualifying child.

But financial planner, Tony Drake, said how you utilize your money should depend on your situation. He said if you don’t have a job, first, contact your lenders to see if some of your bills can be pushed back.

“That will give you a little bit of extra cushion in the budget.” “Pay bills like electric just to keep your lights going but ideally contact the lender because most of them are being flexible,” said Drake.

Drake said if you have extra money, start using that to build up a savings account.

“Hopefully, you haven’t lost your job like million Americans have, but if you’re in a position where you feel like you might lose your job, you want to build up the emergency fund we recommend 3-6 months of expenses, so you have that on hand,” said Drake.

The IRS is launching a new tool to track your stimulus check. For more information, click here.

7:35 p.m. — Three West Bend firefighters test positive for COVID-19, three others test negative

Three West Bend firefighters tested positive for COVID-19, according to their fire chief.

Chief Gerald Kudek said it started at the beginning of April when one firefighter experiencing symptoms tested positive. In total, six firefighters were tested, three were positive for COVID-19, and the remaining three were negative.

“Once they develop symptoms, they’re immediately put on leave,” said Chief Kudek.

The fire chief assumes the firefighters contracted the virus while on the job, judging by the nature of their work.

Kudek says per the CDC leave for essential workers is seven days, three of those have to be symptom-free.

It puts a strain on the 40 person department since they have to cover shifts with overtime, but the strain goes beyond that element.

6:44 p.m. — Second death reported at Greenfield convent, nun remembered for career in education

Another nun has died at a Greenfield convent after four tested positive for COVID-19.

Sister Mary Regine Collins died on April 6 after she tested positive for coronavirus.

Regine made her first profession in Milwaukee back in 1944 and dedicated her career to helping educational services in Milwaukee and Green Bay.

She taught at grade schools, a high school, and even Mount Mary University.

According to the convent, “Sister Regine was a renowned artist. One of her creations was a wood carving dedicated to the SSND foundress, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger. It is currently displayed in the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, Maryland.”

This is the second death reported from School Sisters of St. Francis living at the Our Lady of the Angels convent in Greenfield. Sister Marie June Skender also died on April 7.

At the time, administrators told TMJ4 News there were four other positive tests of COVID-19 at the convent. We’re working on learning if there are more cases.

5:46 p.m. — ‘We’ve been worried’: Health officials prepare for impact of election, Easter on COVID-19 outbreak

On Monday, state health officials said they’re starting to see a flattening of the curve in Wisconsin, but they said to take it with a grain of salt after last week’s election and the Easter holiday.

According to multiple health leaders, Wisconsin hasn’t reached its peak of the COVID-19 outbreak just yet. They expect to see the number of positive cases increase in the next week.

Darren Rausch of the Greenfield Health Department and Milwaukee Unified Emergency Operations Center remains alert about a possible spike in coronavirus cases soon.

“We’ve been worried about two things over the past week. One was the elections, and the second were the religious and family activities that were going to happen over the weekend,” Rausch said.

Dr. John Raymond of the Medical College of Wisconsin is more concerned about the effects of the holiday.

“I did observe a pretty significant relaxation of social distancing. Many people were having their extended family over, and there were friends that didn’t live in households that were visiting in my neighborhood and I’m sure across the region,” Dr. Raymond said during a webinar for the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

5:35 p.m. — State Assembly to hold session Tuesday on coronavirus response bill

The Wisconsin State Assembly will hold a session Tuesday to discuss a coronavirus response bill.

According to Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Jim Steineke, Tuesday’s session will involve a vote on the bill.

The bill would eliminate the one-week hold on unemployment benefits and would allow the state to get more money from the federal government.

“While tomorrow’s extraordinary session will certainly be a first, we anticipate a day of bipartisan action to help hard-working Wisconsin families and businesses,” wrote Vos and Steineke in a statement.

The Wisconsin State Assembly session will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

4 p.m. — Election results expected shortly

Results from Wisconsin’s unusual spring election are expected to be released shortly.

Clerks around the state were instructed by the courts to hold results until 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13.

You can check results for major races like the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Mayor Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Executive, and more right here.

3:56 p.m. — Seven people test positive for COVID-19 at Kenosha County long-term care facility

Five residents and two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at Parkside Manor, a long-term care facility in Kenosha County.

The Kenosha County Division of Health made the announcement Monday. All seven individuals have not been hospitalized at this point.

Officials are working with the facility’s management to provide personal protective equipment for residents and staff. They’re also working to isolate residents and send messages to their guardians.

Froedtert South has provided Parkside Manor with collection kits to test all residents.

Parkside Manor released the following statement:

“The health and well-being of our residents and team members are our greatest priority. While individuals at our facility have tested positive for COVID-19, we continue working together to care for our residents, to protect the safety of our team members, and to protect the people in our community. We are closely monitoring developments and guidelines with respect to the coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization as well as other expert sources. We are also working with and at the direction of health care authorities. In addition, we are following enhanced internal protocols in order to help control the spread of COVID-19. Our facility is supported by a Senior Lifestyle-affiliated task force and management team comprised of various disciplines to aid us in our preparation, readiness, communication, and management of the COVID-19 coronavirus.”

Parkside Manor has 32 residents and 37 employees.

Click here to see the latest cases out of Kenosha County.

2:43 p.m. — ‘We are flattening the curve’: Wisconsin DHS reports lowest increase in day-to-day COVID-19 cases in nearly three weeks

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has reported the lowest increase in day-to-day COVID-19 cases in nearly three weeks.

According to the Department of Health Services secretary, the number of COVID-19 cases increased by 87 on Monday. That number is the lowest Wisconsin has seen since March 24, when an increase of 41 cases was announced.

For comparison’s sake, the most new cases that DHS announced on any single day was 199 on April 1.

These 87 new cases suggest that Wisconsin’s ‘Safer at Home’ approach is working, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said Monday.

‘We are flattening the curve’: Wisconsin DHS reports lowest increase in day-to-day COVID-19 cases in nearly three weeks

“We have actually seen a decrease in the exponential growth as the result of Safer at Home,” Palm said. “We are flattening the curve.”

Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the federal government announced a few weeks ago that the week of April 5-11 could be the worst when it comes to COVID-19 cases.

As of Monday, there have been 3,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. 154 people have died, and 36,769 people have tested negative.

2:03 p.m. — Wisconsin FoodShare recipients to receive maximum benefits for two months

FoodShare recipients in Wisconsin can expect to see a bump in benefits for the next two months.

Over 215,000 Wisconsin households will see an increase starting April 12 and April 26. The increase comes in light of hardships caused by COVID-19.

“Maybe before, the FoodShare program didn’t seem like it was all that much,” Sherrie Tussler, Director of The Hunger Task Force said. “It’s really going to be your ticket to food buying power in the future.”

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Recipients will receive the maximum benefit for the number of people living in the household. An individual can expect to receive the maximum of $194, while it goes up incrementally for each additional person.

Read the full story here.

1:22 p.m. — GreekFest 2020 canceled amid coronavirus outbreak

GreekFest 2020 has been canceled due to the current global pandemic.

The festival, which was slated to take place June 19-21, has been canceled due to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s need to use the State Fair Grounds as a makeshift hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

The news came Monday morning in a press release from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

“In addition to our fervent prayer for all those directly and indirectly affected by Covid-19, as well as the selfless medical care and service workers, our Annunciation Parish family is committed to doing everything we can to participate in the joint effort to restore life back to normal in our beloved Milwaukee community and beyond,” said Father Ciprian Sas, Parish Priest of Annunciation.

Milwaukee’s GreekFest was once named the “Best Church Festival” by Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express.

12:48 p.m. — Trump campaign sues Wisconsin TV station for airing Democratic PAC ad

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin TV station WJFW-NBC in Rhinelander, Wis. on Monday, according to The Hill.

Trump’s campaign is suing for defamation after WJFW aired an ad from the liberal super PAC Priorities USA that alleges Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax.”

The lawsuit seeks an undisclosed amount of money and legal fees and accuses WFJW of having “perpetrated a fraud on the public by recklessly broadcasting [Priorities USA’s] defamatory and false advertisement, which WJFW-NBC knew or should have known was produced through the use of technology that depicted a clearly false statement.”

The ad itself includes clips of President Trump downplaying the virus along with graphics showing statistics of rising cases. Priorities USA, the largest Democratic super PAC, has put nearly $7 million behind the ad that is running in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

“Our ad uses a series of Trump’s own words to show that he downplayed the threat of the pandemic even as the infection spread,” Josh Schwerin, a strategist for Priorities USA, told The Hill.

The Trump campaign sent cease-and-desist letters to WJFW and other TV stations in March, warning them that they would face legal action for running the ad.

“It is disappointing that WJFW-NBC would knowingly continue to broadcast this blatantly false ad and perpetrate falsehoods on the American people, even after the Trump campaign provided proof in good faith of the ad’s falsity,” Jenna Ellis, senior legal adviser to the Trump campaign, said in a statement. “The Trump campaign is now left with no other option than to use the force of law to ensure these false and defamatory ads cease.”

Fact-checkers have since said that claiming Trump called the virus a “hoax” is incorrect, as his full quote shows he was describing Democratic efforts to politicize the virus.

12:14 p.m. — Wisconsin Legislature releases coronavirus response bill

(AP) The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has released its coronavirus response bill, a proposal the Legislature plans to vote on starting Tuesday in first-of-its-kind virtual sessions where most lawmakers will be dialed in remotely.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who had objected to an earlier version, had no immediate comment Monday on the latest 87-page proposal. Evers said on Friday he was hopeful that a bipartisan deal could be reached.

The key provision that Evers objected to in the earlier version, which would have given the Legislature’s GOP-controlled budget committee the power to make any cuts in spending it wanted, was removed from the latest plan.

11:55 a.m. — Newest Packers linebacker Christian Kirksey already giving back to the Green Bay community

The newest Green Bay Packers linebacker, Christian Kirksey, is already helping the Green Bay community before he’s even played a single game with his new team.

Kirksey, who signed with the Packers in March, reached out to St. John’s Homeless Shelter in Green Bay to make sure they have everything they need.

According to St. John’s, Kirksey has donated 20 packs of toilet paper, 20 packs of napkins, 540 bowls, 1,000 spoons, 1,000 forks, 1,200 plates, 50 masks, and 1,000 cups.

Additionally, Kirksey hosted a pizza party and provided 30 pizzas to both of their shelters at Spring Lake Church Downtown and St. John’s Homeless Shelter.

In a blog post, St. John’s wrote “We are so thankful to Christian for thinking of St. John’s and his newest home here in Green Bay! His passion for supporting people experiencing homelessness is inspiring, and we look forward to welcoming him to Green Bay when he officially arrives!”

11:18 a.m. — Beware of scams as first wave of stimulus checks go out

If you qualify for the coronavirus economic impact payments, or stimulus checks, then you may be getting excited to see the numbers in your account rise soon; however, there are a few things to be wary of beforehand.

The Federal Trade Commission says scammers are trying their hand at cashing in on stimulus checks, as the way it works is not crystal clear to all recipients.

There’s thoughts that scammers may begin sending out official-looking, but very fake checks. Here’s how to spot the scam:

  • Reports say that checks will start being mailed to people who do not have direct deposit no earlier than May, so if you get your check in the mail before then it is most likely fake. On a similar note, if you’re expecting your check to be issued via direct deposit and it shows up in the mail, it’s also probably not real.
  • If your check is for a larger amount than you expected, it’s likely that this is also a scam. The Internal Revenue System will NOT send you an overpayment in the mail, and then ask for you to send the extra money back to them in cash, gift card, or through a money transfer.
  • Lastly, scammers are sending official-looking messages like postcards with online access codes and passwords to “verify” your payment or direct deposit information.

The first wave of stimulus checks has already been sent out. These should automatically be directly deposited into your account.
For more information on potential scams relating to the coronavirus and/or reporting scams visit the IRS and FTC websites.

10:22 a.m. — Family-owned restaurant cooks fresh food made from the heart during COVID-19 pandemic

Fastbreak Cafe opened on Becher Street two years ago by head cook Crystal Hudson’s two sons. The restaurant is known for its shrimp and grits, breakfast sandwiches, and a variety of other food items.

Hudson said cooking is her passion. Whether she is making eggs, turkey bacon or serving up fresh fruit, everything that comes out of her kitchen, is made with love.

“Very rarely you find a job that you do that you like,” said Hudson. “I love what I do and I cook with love so that makes all the difference in the world.”

Family-owned restaurant cooks fresh food made from the heart during COVID-19 pandemic

That’s why, to Hudson, it’s heartbreaking to see the business in the state it is now. Due to COVID-19, business is slow. They recently downsized from ten employees to just three.

Breakfast is typically a popular time for them, but recently, on any given morning, the orders are slow to come in.

“I just want to make sure we are still able to be open and still be in business so after this happened we can build back up our clientele,” said store manager Tamika.

Read the full story here.

9:37 a.m. — COVID-19 pandemic a trying time for wedding venues

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the postponement of events large and small from birthday parties, to weddings, to the Democratic National Convention this summer.

But it’s also caused issues for couples who are recently engaged and now searching for wedding venues to book.

At The Bowery Barn in Rubicon, owner Jessica Pike said the average booking for weddings is roughly 18 months in advance. The barn is open year-round, but Pike said the “peak season” is April through November.

While some newly-engaged couples are looking into booking a space for their weddings, other couples that were set to tie the knot this spring are bumping back their dates to the fall, Pike said.

COVID-19 pandemic a trying time for wedding venues

“We’re trying to do as much as we can to be accommodating,” she said.

She noted postponing a wedding is difficult.

“It trickles down to caterers, to photographers, to event planners, really to everybody involved. The best we can do is communicate and work together,” Pike said.

Read the full story here.

6:20 a.m. — Spring election results to be tallied Monday

Election results from the April 7 spring election are going to be tallied on Monday, April 13.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission said that though the election continued as scheduled on April 7, despite efforts from Gov. Tony Evers to postpone the election because of COVID-19 concerns, there wouldn’t be a public release of the results until votes were totaled on April 13 after a previously extended absentee voting deadline.

U.S. District Judge William Conley rejected lawsuits seeking to postpone the election, but gave voters until April 13 to return absentee ballots.

The Supreme Court blocked the plan to extend absentee voting, meaning that those with absentee ballots had to turn them in or be postmarked April 7 in order to be counted. Though absentee voting was not extended, the Wisconsin Election Commission said that elections results were still restricted until April 13.

There were several reports of irregularities in residents receiving their absentee ballots in time for the election, prompting a USPS investigation.

Votes will be tallied at the municipal board of canvassers meeting on April 13.

Sunday, April 12

4:44 p.m. — Pleasant Prairie plant switches gears to produce face masks

IRIS U.S., the U.S. division of Japanese-based household products manufacturer IRIS Ohyama Inc., announced that the company plans to add face mask production to its manufacturing plant in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

The decision was made to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

IRIS Ohyama Inc. is investing $10 million in new machinery and planning to hire an additional 60 employees to manufacture an estimated 70 million disposable 3-ply face masks per month.

The company has been producing masks in China for more than a decade.

4:19 p.m. — Gov. Tony Evers announces second ‘alternative care facility’ to be built at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center

Gov. Tony Evers plans to work to open a second ‘alternative care facility’ (ACF) within Madison’s Alliant Energy Center, his administration announced Sunday afternoon.

The ACF, commonly referred to as a field hospital, will be built to “prepare for a potential surge” in COVID-19 cases, a news release says. Construction is underway now on the state’s first ACF, at the Wisconsin State Fair Park’s Exposition Center.

Evers’ office said it had submitted an application to FEMA to begin development of the space. It plans to partner with the Army Corp of Engineers, as well as local contractor partners.

“This second alternative care facility will be an essential backup facility to ensure our healthcare system in the south central region is not overwhelmed. FEMA and the Army Corp of Engineers have been tremendous planning partners for our state and we are thankful for their quick responsiveness,” said Gov. Evers. “Wisconsin residents are doing a good job of helping to flatten the curve in our state by following the guidelines of our Safer at Home order, but we must continue our efforts to manage the pandemic in order to protect Wisconsinites. Hopefully this second site will not be needed, but we must prepare for it now so we are ready.”

Additional details will be made available in the coming days, the governor’s office said.

3:54 p.m. — COVID-19 cases grow in Wisconsin, as death toll reaches 144

(AP) The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Wisconsin has risen by 128. State health officials say Sunday that the total number of cases in the state is now 3,341.

The state also reported seven more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 144. A total of 42% of those who died in Wisconsin were black, and 53% of those who died were white.

While more females have tested positive for the coronavirus, males have accounted for 60% of deaths. Health officials said 974 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in Wisconsin have been hospitalized.

3:35 p.m. — Sheboygan Festival Foods employees shop for woman who had minor incident in parking lot

After one woman had a minor incident in the Sheboygan Festival Foods parking lot, employees of the store took it upon themselves to get her groceries for her.

Sheboygan police officers were called to the store Sunday for a minor incident. As they were speaking with a woman involved, the store manager came out and offered to take her grocery list and get the items for her. The manager and other employees became personal shoppers for her while she dealt with things in the parking lot.

The Sheboygan Police Department took the news to Facebook Sunday saying, “We don’t recognize amazing acts as often as we should, but the staff at Festival Foods went above and beyond. Thank you Festival Foods for setting such a great example!”

After Festival workers finished shopping for the woman, the manager walked her groceries over to her and handed her an Easter Lily.

2:39 p.m. — User briefly shares graphic images after taking over Milwaukee Election Commission Zoom meeting

An unidentified user briefly hijacked the Milwaukee Election Commission’s Zoom meeting Sunday, taking over the screen and sharing graphic imagery.

The meeting had been scheduled for 2 p.m. to discuss a number of absentee ballots that were returned without postmarks.

About twenty minutes into the meeting, the user took over the Zoom meeting and began using the screen share feature to display graphic images that were radical, violent, and pornographic in nature.

The meeting was eventually suspended as Commissioner Neil Albrecht fought to control the situation.

The FBI has issued warnings about so-called “Zomb-bombing,” where teleconferences and other online classrooms are hijacked.

1:31 p.m. — Hadfield Elementary school staff donates to Froedtert Hospital workers

Staff from Hadfield Elementary School in Waukesha came together for a good cause this week, donating hundreds of dollars in food to workers battling the coronavirus.

The school donated $715 intended for a meal to feed 25+ staff members in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Froedtert Hospital.

Hadfield staff also included gift cards to restaurants and grocery stores for their custodial staff to thank them for their amazing work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

For information on supporting Froedtert healthcare workers during the pandemic, click here.

12:50 p.m. — Milwaukee teachers make Easter baskets, deliver them to their students

Three teachers from Rocketship Transformation Prep made Easter baskets for their students and delivered them to their homes.

Abbey Baumer, Mariah Galraza, and Sarina Randazzo are missing their students a lot during this pandemic so they decided to make Easter baskets and deliver them to students’ homes, contact-free of course.

The teachers began delivering the baskets on Friday and will finish up over the weekend. The kids appeared to be very excited about the surprise.

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Rocketship Transformation Prep is a K4-4th grade public charter school on Milwaukee’s north side serving students who are predominantly low-income and suffer from trauma.

These students are sure to have an even better Easter with these baskets. Thank you teachers!

12:07 p.m. — Commission reaffirms ballots need election day postmarks

(AP) Wisconsin election officials are telling local clerks to stick by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than election day as they prepare to tally results from the state’s spring election.

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that absentee ballots must be hand-delivered to clerks on election day or postmarked by election day to count, but confusion has been mounting as clerks say they’ve been receiving ballots with no postmarks or markings that may or may not be postmarks.

11:26 a.m. — COVID-19 cases, deaths continue rise in Wisconsin

(AP) The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Wisconsin continues to rise. Wisconsin health officials reported Saturday the number of people in the state testing positive for COVID-19 has grown to 3,213.

That’s up 145 from the day before. The number of deaths officially attributed to the coronavirus in Wisconsin grew Saturday to 137, an increase of nine from the previous day. Statewide, 34,680 tests have come back negative.

That’s an increase from 33,225 negative tests reported Friday. Health officials said 30% of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Wisconsin have been hospitalized.

10:47 a.m. — New mural on Milwaukee’s south side honors medical workers on the front lines

A new mural in Milwaukee honors medical professionals on the front lines during this pandemic.

The mural sits on the corner of 6th and Lincoln, and features a woman wearing a face mask who appears to be praying.

The colorful work was created by artist and Milwaukee native Mauricio Ramirez, and honors those medical professionals who risk their health every day to help those fighting COVID-19.

New mural on corner of 6th and Lincoln honors medical workers on the front lines

“They’re out there battling on the front lines and I just kinda wanted to show them some love,” said Ramirez. “Our biggest heroes right now are the people working in the health care field.”

Ramirez has painted several murals across Milwaukee and the country. For this mural, he paid for all the supplies out of pocket. He got permission from a building owner to take this plain white wall, and turn it into a masterpiece.

After he finished the mural, Ramirez took to Instagram to share a time lapse video of him completing the piece.

10 a.m. — ‘Drive Thru at the Farm’ aims to help fund local food supply chain

Saturday, the second weekly Drive-Thru at the Farm opened up as shoppers made their way through to pick up fresh food and produce.

“People are really coming by for the convenience, for the ability to just pull up and pay some money for a lot of food and not have to get out of their car,” said organizer Thomas Schmitt.

For everyone involved with the 2-week-old drive through, the individual goals were different.

“This is probably going to be dinner tonight,” said Barbara Thompson, a customer as she picked up an order.

‘Drive Thru at the Farm’ aims to help support the local grocery supply chain

Schmitt said much of the food he’s now selling would’ve otherwise gone to waste due to restaurant and businesses closing.

“For 20 bucks, they get a very large bag of produce, fruit, vegetables and mashed potatoes,” Schmitt said.

The Drive Through at the Farm is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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9:25 a.m. — Local hospitals administer first plasma treatments to COVID-19 patients

Local hospitals are testing out an experimental treatment in an effort to help its COVID-19 patients recover from infection.

Doctors at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee administered the health system’s first plasma transfusion to a coronavirus patient on Friday. Another local healthcare operator, Ascention Wisconsin, first utilized the method to treat a patient on Thursday.

According to medical professionals, a plasma transfusion involves taking the antibodies from the bloodstream of a patient who has recovered and giving them to someone who is trying to fight off COVID-19.

Local hospitals administer first plasma treatments to COVID-19 patients

Dr. Ajay Sahajpal leads up transplant surgery at Aurora Health and says the method has been around since the late 1800s, being used to help fight the Spanish Flu.

“The evidence is being somewhat encouraging that people do respond to this so in the absence of a vaccine and without a good treatment this the only real alternative we have,” Sahajpal said.

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8:14 a.m. — Lives Lost: Milwaukee police leader ensured racial equality

(AP) Lenard “Lenny” Wells had wide influence in his decades in law enforcement. He mentored generations of officers and community activists who went on to become police leaders and lawmakers.

He helped ensure African Americans had equal access to promotions in the desegregated Milwaukee Police Department. Wells died March 21 at age 69 of complications from the coronavirus.

He dedicated his life to racial equality and fairness, both within the Police Department and the larger community. A retired colleague described him as “a very versatile leader in Wisconsin.” In retirement, he was teaching criminal justice at the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

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