Daily Bread for 3.19.20 | FREE WHITEWATER

Daily Bread for 3.19.20

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be rainy with a high of fifty-five.  Sunrise is 6:57 AM and sunset 7:07 PM, for 12h 10m 10s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 20.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand two hundred twenty-seventh day.

On this day in 1962, Bob Dylan releases his first album, the eponymously titled Bob Dylan.

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Raquel Rutledge and Mark Johnson report Wisconsin nurses say the shortage of masks, gowns and protective gear puts them at risk during coronavirus outbreak:

Nurses and other health care workers in Wisconsin are grappling with a shortage of masks, gowns and other gear to protect them from COVID-19 and are experiencing other breaches in safety protocol they fear put them at risk.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has heard from nearly a dozen health care workers from hospitals in Milwaukee and Madison who report they have no protective masks or that they have been required to wear a single mask all day.

“This is cause for concern,” said Gina Dennik-Champion, executive director of the Wisconsin Nursing Association, an advocacy group for the state’s roughly 90,000 nurses.

Masks degrade the longer you wear them and can become contaminated when you reuse them.

Mitchell Schmidt reports Tony Evers restricts child care center capacity as state COVID-19 cases top 100:

Adding another layer of antiviral measures — and challenges for parents — Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday placed restrictions on child-care center capacity as part of a statewide response to the spread of COVID-19, which now tops 100 cases statewide.

Evers also officially requested federal disaster loans, underscoring the devastating impact the order to close schools, restaurants, retail establishments and other businesses is expected to have on owners and employees in an effort to slow the spread of the respiratory disease.

“Social distancing and self-isolation are critical steps in reducing and preventing the spread of this virus in our communities, but it comes at an economic cost to our local businesses,” Evers said in a statement.

Under Evers’ latest order, which takes effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, child-care centers will not be allowed to operate with more than 10 staff members or more than 50 children present at a time. The order remains in effect for the duration of the public health emergency Evers declared last week.

Christopher Weaver, Betsy McKay, and Brianna Abbott report America Needed Coronavirus Tests. The Government Failed. (‘Decisions that limited testing for the pathogen blinded the U.S. to the outbreak’s scale. Here’s how it happened’):

When cases of the new coronavirus began emerging several weeks ago in California, Washington state and other pockets of the country, U.S. public-health officials worried this might be The Big One, emails and interviews show.

The testing program they rolled out to combat it, though, was a small one.

Limited testing has blinded Americans to the scale of the outbreak so far, impeding the nation’s ability to fight the virus through isolating the sick and their contacts, public-health officials say. As of early Wednesday, about 6,500 people in the U.S. had tested positive, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University show, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported only about 32,000 tests conducted at its facilities and other public-health labs.

Massive Sea Lion Found Blocking the Road in Washington State:

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