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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is ordering high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closing restaurants to indoor dining and stopping organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb Michigan’s spiking coronavirus cases.

The restrictions will begin Wednesday and last three weeks. They are not nearly as sweeping as when the governor issued a stay-at-home order last spring, but they are extensive.

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The City of Rhinelander is closing city offices for walk-ins starting Monday due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Oneida County.

“The City’s utmost priority is keeping people safe while continuing to provide services andcarry out its functions,” said Mayor Chris Frederickson in a statement. “Wear a mask while in public, practicegood hygiene and avoid gatherings of people outside your immediate family wheneverpossible." 

City Hall, police, fire, and inspection offices will be closed to walk-in customers.

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Wisconsin is reporting 7,777 new COVID-19 cases Friday.

That’s a new daily record and it puts the state over the 300,000 mark for total COVID-19 cases.

It took Wisconsin seven months to get to 100,000 cases, 36 days to get to the next 100,000, and only 18 days to reach the latest 100,000.

Another 58 deaths were reported Friday. More than 2,500 Wisconsinites have died since the start of the pandemic. That number is expected to double before the end of the year if nothing changes.


An increasing number of universities in Wisconsin are telling students heading home for Thanksgiving not to return for the rest of the semester.

Three University of Wisconsin System schools, Eau Claire, Stout and River Falls, are the latest campuses to go virtual through the holidays.

Students will taken final exams remotely and return to campus for the spring semester. UW-Madison and a number of private schools, including Marquette, St. Norbert and Carroll, have already made similar plans.

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Milky Way Coffee Company in Woodruff has seen steady business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coffee shop sits in an old bank at the corner of Highway J and Highway 51.

Images of stars and planets are scattered throughout the shop. There isn’t a lot of room inside the coffee shop itself, the counter where the drinks are made and the kitchen take up half the space.

The rest is filled with tables, chairs, and a sofa.


COVID-19 in Wisconsin is worse than this spring’s virus peak in New York City, state health leaders said Thursday.

Wisconsin announced another record with nearly 7,500 new cases Thursday.

An additional 58 people have died.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said all but eight percent of hospital beds statewide are currently full.

“COVID-19 is everywhere in our state. It is bad everywhere, and it’s getting worse everywhere. It’s straining hospitals and people are dying,” she said.


Major Republican donors Liz and Dick Uihlein have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that it obtained an email Liz Uihlein sent Wednesday to employees at Uline, the couple's shipping supply company in Pleasant Prairie, saying she and her husband have the coronavirus. She says they will return to the office on Nov. 19.

It's unclear how they contracted the virus. Uihlein suggests in her email that they were around people with COVID-19 but doesn't elaborate.

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Wisconsin is seeing another day of 7,000-plus COVID-19 cases.

The Department of Health Services is reporting 7,048 new cases.

It’s also reporting 62 more deaths and 277 more hospitalization.

Pepin County is reporting its first death due to COVID.

That means all 72 counties in Wisconsin have had at least one person die because of the virus.

Here’s a breakdown of where local counties stand as of Wednesday:

Forest County has had 613 cases since the start of the pandemic. 11 people have died.


A public health official has told business leaders that the only way to stop the coronavirus pandemic from worsening in Wisconsin is to “triple down,” individually and collectively, on public health measures.

Wisconsin once again set records for new daily positive cases, deaths and hospitalizations on Tuesday.

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Every year, Crandon Elementary students have put on a Veterans Day program.

It usually involves breakfast, songs, and poems as a thank you to Veterans.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made an event like that too risky, but the School District of Crandon still felt it was important to do something to show their support of veterans.

On the day Wisconsin broke records for number of new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, Governor Tony Evers gave an address regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

He called for unity and working together in the fight against COVID-19 as he issued a new executive order.

The order advises people to stay home. It follows many of the restrcitions put in place under the Safer at Home Order back in March. 

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Wisconsin broke records for new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations on Tuesday. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Service is reporting another 7,073 COVID-19 cases.

66 more people have died.

Another 291 people have been hospitalized.


Teacher John Santy’s class at James Williams Middle School explored how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting different parts of the Rhinelander community. They interviewed public servants, school leaders, artists, and care workers to produce this project. Two of the stories, focusing on police and school administration, are audio stories. Two are text stories, highlighting artists and workers in health care. Explore the student work below.

Covid and School Leadership

Evan Fredrick, Zach Webster, Kameron Christian, and Reese Withers


Schools districts in the Northwoods continue to navigate and further education through the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have offered families options when it comes to their child's education this school year. It includes in-person, virtual, and a hybrid of the two. 

The following is a list of the impact COVID-19 has had on local districts. This list will be updated regularly. 

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Gov. Tony Evers will make a prime-time speech Tuesday night to address the COVID-19 surge in the state.

For the first time, 2,000 Wisconsinites are now hospitalized with the virus.

Over the last week, the state has reported an average of more than 5,600 new cases each day. That’s behind only Illinois and Texas.

The state is also fourth in new cases per capita.

More than 2,300 people have died in Wisconsin during the pandemic.

Evers will speak at 6 p.m.

You can listen live on WXPR or here on WXPR.org.