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1:12 p.m.: Tuition reimbursement deadline extended at UW
According to a university release, the University of Wisconsin in Madison has adjusted academic and financial deadlines for families who still might back out of the school year because of COVID-19 concerns.
“We understand these are difficult times for students and families as they evaluate rapidly changing circumstances during the pandemic,” university registrar Scott Owczarek said int he release. “To help reduce some pressure they’re feeling, we’ve provided some flexibility in the timeline for making important decisions about this semester.”
For students negatively impacted by COVID-19 and who choose to completely withdraw from the semester, a full tuition refund will be possible for one additional week, to Friday, Sept. 18, an extra week from the initial Sept. 11 deadline.
Students are encouraged to contact their academic dean’s office to discuss their situation if they are considering withdrawing or withdrew since Sept. 11.
The deadline for students to drop a fall term course and receive a 50 percent tuition refund on adjusted tuition remains Friday, Sept. 25.
11:12 a.m.: Nearly 90 percent of UW students testing positive are showing symptoms
Nearly 90% of University of Wisconsin-Madison students who have tested positive for COVID-19 have exhibited symptoms, according to public health officials.
According to Madison and Dane County’s combined health department, contact tracing has found that 88% of students who test positive have shown some level of illness.
“There are a lot of theories about what COVID-19 is and isn’t, but the science and data from these cases on the UW-Madison campus shows most people who get it, get sick,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement.
As of Tuesday, 2,160 UW-Madison students have tested positive, according to the local health department. At least 7% of the university’s undergraduate students are positive, the department said.
— Patrick Marley
10:30 a.m.: Tommy Bartlett water-ski show in Wisconsin Dells permanently shuts down
The Tommy Bartlett Show, a water ski showcase that opened in 1952 and has been a fixture in Wisconsin Dells for decades, announced Wednesday that it would be closing permanently, too deeply impacted by losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the Tommy Bartlett Show will not be able to make a comeback in 2021 as we had hoped,” said Tom Diehl, the show’s co-owner and president, in a statement.” After 69 years, we are permanently shuttering the business. … From May through September 6, we experienced a complete loss of revenue when we had to cancel our 2020 summer season on Lake Delton due to the pandemic. Each fall, we begin to plan for the next season, and with so much uncertainty surrounding the future of the pandemic and travel, we cannot undergo additional financial risk and investment to begin planning for summer 2021. While we are grateful that we have had almost seven decades of entertaining visitors in Wisconsin Dells, we have no choice but to close the Show.”
The show closed down in May because of pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. The show usually runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day and had plans to return in 2021.
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— JR Radcliffe
9:42 a.m.: Washington-Ozaukee public health department investigating 16 schools for new cases
The Washington-Ozaukee Public Health Department is investigating new COVID-19 cases at 16 different schools across Washington and Ozaukee Counties.
According to the department’s COVID-19 dashboard, the department is investigating outbreaks at Allenton Elementary; Cedarburg High School; St. Francis Borgia of Cedarburg; Thorson Elementary School in Cedarburg; Kennedy Middle School and Rockfield Elementary School, both in Germantown; Grafton High School; Central Middle School, Erin Middle School and GPS Education Partners, all in Hartford; Hartford Union High School; Kewaskum High School; Homestead High School in Mequon; Slinger Elementary School; Slinger High School and West Bend East High School.
The department defines a school investigation as one or more positive cases in a school setting which cause the quarantine of close contacts or additional positive cases.
— Alec Johnson
Tuesday: More than 1,300 new cases in Wisconsin
People ages 18 to 24 largely have driven Wisconsin’s recent surge in COVD-19 cases, according to state health officials.
The state on Tuesday reported 1,348 new cases as well as 10 new deaths as officials said young people needed to help stop the spread of the virus to older, more vulnerable people.
“We have outbreaks in younger folks. Now is the time we really need to pay attention to protecting older and vulnerable patients so that the transmission doesn’t reach those who are at high risk of severe disease,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer for the state Department of Health Services.
The state on Tuesday reported 10,918 negative tests as well, for a positivity rate of 11%, down from nearly 20% Monday.
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— Sophie Carson
Tuesday: Marquette students in quarantine; ‘Is this hell?’
On Tuesday, as they hunkered down for their first full day under quarantine at Marquette University’s Schroeder Hall, students took to their windows and posted messages.
“Is this hell?” read one sign made of multicolored Post-it notes.
More like a dose of reality, as Marquette — like other colleges and universities around the state and nation — deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Late Monday night, officials quarantined the Schroeder residence hall for two weeks after a cluster of coronavirus cases was detected in the facility.
“You can’t see any friends at all,” Sean Bishop said as he left the dorm Tuesday for home. “That makes the decision really easy for me.”
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— Sarah Hauer and Bill Glauber