Coronavirus in Wisconsin: Latest updates, cases, cancellationsMarch 16, 2020
Updates on coronavirus and how it’s affecting life in Wisconsin from reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the USA Today Network-Wisconsin.
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9:50 p.m. Colectivo selling food and beverages only ‘to-go’
One of metro Milwaukee’s popular coffee cafes, Colectivo, is closing all of it’s in-cafe seating areas and selling food and beverages only “to-go” starting Monday.
Transactions for all take-out service will be cashless and touchless. Payment will be accepted by credit card, Apple Pay or the Colectivo app. There will be no swiping of Colectivo loyalty cards. Instead points can be gained through the app or by requesting a receipt and contacting the company later.
There are 13 Colectivo locations in southeastern Wisconsin.
– Meg Jones
9:40 p.m. Advocate Aurora Health hospitals and clinics adopt no-visitor policy
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, Advocate Aurora Health is restricting visitors from inpatient areas with a few exceptions.
The health care nonprofit serves nearly 3 million patients each year in Wisconsin and Illinois including hospitals and clinics in the metro Milwaukee area.
Sunday night Advocate Aurora Health issued new guidelines for its hospitals and clinics starting on Monday. No visitors will be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice.
Exceptions include pediatric caregivers, partners and midwives of mothers in labor, end of life situations, companions for people in emergency departments and outpatient areas and professionals assigned to assist with procedures.
Visitors who meet those exceptions must pass health screenings at checkpoints in the medical facilities.
– Meg Jones
9:20 p.m. Green Bay suspends public transit
Green Bay is suspending all public transportation starting Monday until further notice.
Paratransit services will remain available for “all medically necessary trips,” according to Green Bay Metro. Those riders should call 920-448-3185 to schedule trips.
Mayor Eric Genrich called the decision difficult in a Facebook post but said he believes it’s the right move as officials emphasize social distancing and work to contain the spread of COVID-19. Genrich encouraged residents to help each other, particularly those who use public transit or are otherwise in need.
– Haley BeMiller
8:45p.m. CDC recommending 8-week ban on events with more than 50 people
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending an eight-week ban on events with 50 or more people.
New guidance issued Sunday night calls for organizers to cancel or postpone mass gatherings to include “conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies.”
The recommendations do not apply to schools or businesses, the CDC noted.
That could mean severely abbreviated seasons for sports leagues and myriad events ranging…