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The claimed surge in cases was based on poor data work.
The upward “trend” treated a dip in new cases due to lower testing as a baseline, rather than the outlier it was.
State health officials say they haven’t yet seen evidence the election changed the trajectory of coronavirus in Wisconsin.
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have actually dropped in Wisconsin since April 13 — the date cited in the story.
Second Nexus, New Virus Cases Surge in Wisconsin a Week After Republicans Forced In-Person Election to Go Forward, April 17, 2020
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tracking coronavirus in Wisconsin, accessed April 20, 2020
Wisconsin Department of Health Services, COVID-19 Media Briefing – 4/20/2020
Annals of Internal Medicine, The Incubation Period of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) From Publicly Reported Confirmed Cases: Estimation and Application, March 10, 2020
Email exchange with Topher Spiro, health policy analyst, April 20, 2020
Wisconsin Hospital Association, COVID-19 Situational Awareness Update, April 21, 2020
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, At least 7 new coronavirus cases appear to be related to Wisconsin's election, Milwaukee health commissioner says, April 20, 2020
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