In order to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, public health officials are seeking widespread testing. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses why tests remain hard to come by, and what is being done to expand capacity to test for the virus around the state.
On March 12, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency for the entire state of Wisconsin. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses what state law says about emergency declarations and the actions that can be taken in such a situation.
Multiple researchers at UW-Madison are getting started on studying the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses what they're looking to learn and share the story of how a campus lab got access to the virus.
A case of the novel coronavirus in Wisconsin was confirmed by the state Department of Health Services on Feb. 5. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses why medical face masks are a visible part of this outbreak and what public health officials say about using them.
China has instituted severe quarantine procedures to try to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, but what does that process look like in Wisconsin? UW School of Medicine and Public Health professor emeritus Patrick Remington discusses isolation and quarantine procedures in the state.
Search and rescue operations across the country are powered by volunteers, but the level of regulation governing them varies a lot across states. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how the system works in Wisconsin.
When temperatures get cold in Wisconsin, that means the state's lakes start freezing over. Local historian Ann Waidelich shares the history behind ice harvesting - a big Wisconsin industry from yesteryear that relied on ice from the state's frozen lakes every winter.
There were big changes in federal immigration policy in 2019, including the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how those changes affected refugee resettlement in Wisconsin.
The state is moving forward with its process to revisit some of the regulations that govern Wisconsin's livestock siting rules. With the smell of large-scale farms a source of debate, Iowa State University agriculture and biosystems engineering professor Jacek Kozel discusses the science of smell.