Houligan’s Steak & Seafood Pub co-owner Jon Seybold has been forced to lay off about half of his 30 employees because of significantly decreased revenues as the coronavirus pandemic continues. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
COVID-19 Killing Small Businesses, Restaurant, Taverns. They Need a Financial Boost

“We’re All In” grants aimed at helping small operators keep their doors open.

A homeless man sleeps in a chair Sunday evening in the entrance to Sojourner House homeless shelter in Eau Claire. Continued coronavirus outbreaks among people who stay at the shelter and staff who work there are prompting concerns about whether the shelter will remain open this winter. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
COVID Is Hammering Homeless Shelters Just as Winter Nears

Occupants of an Eau Claire shelter are under quarantine, a GoFundMe account is keeping a shelter afloat in Menominee, and capacity has dropped more than 30% at one Milwaukee shelter.

Evers extends mask mandate
St. Croix County Board Kills More Measures to Keep People Safe From COVID-19

Board members also voted down a measure recommending masks be worn in public.

Bartender James Martine talks with longtime patrons Mamie and Steve Detert of Waterloo at  Pedro's Mexican Restaurant in Madison at the end of September. Dane County announced Tuesday it is restricting all indoor gatherings. This new ordinance will not apply to restaurants, which will still be allowed to operate at 25% capacity. (Photo © Andy Manis)
Dane County Shuts Down Indoor Gatherings

Order comes as virus cases surge, deaths and hospitalizations climb.

Eau Claire City Council member Kate Beaton, left, listens to State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski during a recent affordable housing discussion in Eau Claire. Beaton is among Wisconsin elected officials who have received threatening messages as they have considered COVID-19 regulations intended to slow the spread of the virus. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Wisconsin Officials Are Getting Threats Before Vote on COVID Safety Measures

The votes are pitting those who say the measures are an infringement on their constitutional rights that will unduly harm businesses versus those who rely on science.

Nurses staff the COVID-19 testing site at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie. (Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic Health System)
Mayo Nursing Administrators Are Being Asked to Work Nursing Shifts

Mayo’s five hospitals in the northwest region are at 100% of capacity, more than 300 nurses and medical staff quarantined.

UW-Eau Claire is one of eight campuses that will be switching to online classes Nov. 30 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. That list could grow. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Eight UW Campuses to Students: Don’t Come Back After Thanksgiving

The number of campuses switching to virtual classes could grow as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.