State confirms UK variant of coronavirus has reached Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and laboratory partners identified a UK variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin, according to a press release. The particular variant, referred to as B.1.1.7, was first discovered circulating widely in England during November and December of 2020. Based on epidemiologic and modeling studies, researchers believe that […]

City to Allow Schools Reopening, Higher Capacities in Businesses

RACINE – The City of Racine is revising its “Safer Racine” ordinance to allow schools to reopen buildings and increase the capacity limits on retail stores, bars, restaurants, and indoor recreation facilities. The revisions, released Monday by Racine Public Health Administrator Dottie Kay Bowersox, will allow all public and private school buildings within the City […]

Hometown Hero: Bridget Nelson

Bridget Nelson always knew that she wanted to be a nurse. What she didn’t know while in nursing school was how the COVID-19 pandemic would influence her every move. As a healthcare hero, Nelson strives to assist patients when they need it most. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse […]

Midwest states collaborate on pandemic response, highway safety

Midwestern states have been collaborating on a variety of transportation issues, from the future of vehicle technology to their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts, led by the Mid America Association of Transportation Officials (MAASTO), are the topic of a special three-part series of Transportation Connects Us, the official podcast of the Wisconsin Department […]

A Wisconsin hospital promised to stop suing most patients during the pandemic. Then it filed 200 lawsuits.

By Bram Sable-SmithWisconsin Watch/WPR Alysa Gummow didn’t know what to think in October when the letters from bankruptcy law firms arrived in the mail. She had filed for bankruptcy in 2017 to restructure nearly $50,000 in debt — mostly stemming from a hip surgery two years earlier. But that was resolved. Why was she getting […]

‘I just kind of panicked’: Patients confused as hospitals file liens to recoup costs of treating injured uninsured

By Bram Sable-SmithWisconsin Watch/WPR Maneisha Gaston was driving west on Milwaukee’s Brown Street with her 15-year-old son when another driver blew through a stop sign, crashed into the passenger side of her car and fled the scene. “The whole door was crushed like a piece of paper,” Gaston recalled of the October incident. Gaston, 43, […]