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Milwaukee COVID-19 survivor shares personal medical experience via social media to educate others

On April 2, a young Milwaukee resident shared the harrowing details of getting sick with the coronavirus and the long road to recovery on Facebook, fulfilling her pulmonary doctor’s earnest request to “please tell people what happened to you.” Danielle Nelson, a development professional who raises funds for educational institutions, posted a photo of herself from when she was still receiving oxygen in the hospital. She did not mention her age, but talked about how unexpected and serious the pneumonia-like illness was as a young and physically fit individual. The personal testimony by Nelson came as clusters of COVID-19...

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Regional banks and city leadership plan cooperative efforts to address Milwaukee’s economic challenges

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett hosted a video conference with banking industry leaders from across the region on April 1 to discuss the role of financial institutions in the current economic challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. More than a dozen representatives of local financial institutions joined the Mayor’s discussion. They were in agreement the most important step for local businesses is to connect with their bankers. That could take place by phone, email, or through bank web pages. “We are facing two simultaneous crises; the public health crisis and an economic crisis that is affecting local businesses very significantly,”...

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GoFundMe campaign raises funds to buy meals for frontline hospital workers from local restaurants

With restaurants struggling to stay open and hospital staff working intensely long hours under stress, a late-night text message between friends Christina Wilson Berger and Preeth Kurudiyara resulted in an opportunity to help. The Feed Our Frontline Hospital Staff MKE GoFundMe campaign launched on March 28 and raised $12,605 of its $25,000 goal by April 2. The initiative is collecting donations to purchase meals from local restaurants that can be delivered to various hospital staff in the Milwaukee. More than 500 of these meals have already been served to area medical staff. Located in Westown district of Milwaukee, Alexa...

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Public health concerns push Milwaukee’s 2020 Democratic National Convention to August

In light of the unprecedented health crisis facing the country, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced on April 2 that the 2020 Democratic National Convention will now be held the week of August 17 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, providing convention planners more time to determine the most appropriate structure for this historic event. History will still be made in Milwaukee when the 2020 Democratic National Convention takes place, not just because Democrats will nominate the next president and vice president of the United States, but because they will be doing it in a state that has never before hosted...

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Milwaukee’s Holy Week observances canceled as public celebrations convert to at home video streaming

As faith communities across the State of Wisconsin adapted to the “safer-at-home” directive to help stop the spread of coronavirus, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has decided to cancel public Masses in what the Catholic Church deems its most important time of the year. Archbishop Jerome Listecki sent a letter to fellow clergy and other church workers to let them know numerous steps that he felt must be taken in the interest of safety. We continue to see our archdiocese and our country and our world impacted by the CoVID- 19/Coronavirus. Please know of my prayers for you and the...

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St. Francis Seminary to provide shelter for residents with housing instability during COVID-19 crisis

Milwaukee County elected officials leading the local response to COVID-19 announced on March 29 the opening of a temporary shelter for residents with housing instability as part of regional efforts to slow the spread of the virus. The shelter is a partnership with the Saint Francis de Sales Seminary and the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, temporary beds will be open at Clare Hall at 3470 South Illinois Avenue in St. Francis. “Our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 will determine the outcome of this crisis for tomorrow and for the foreseeable future, and...

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