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9:32 a.m.: Traveling Beer Gardens have been delayed

The opening of the Traveling Beer Gardens at Milwaukee County Parks has been delayed.

The Roll Out the Barrel tour was supposed to open May 13 at Juneau Park, 900 N. Prospect Ave, and the Pass Me a Pint tour was supposed to open May 20 at Wisconsin Avenue Park, 10300 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The Milwaukee County Parks department hasn’t set new dates and is working on safety protocols for when they do open. 

— Kathy Flanigan

8:25 a.m.: Coronavirus-related deaths show signs of slowing in Milwaukee County

The volume of daily coronavirus-related deaths has declined over the past few days in Milwaukee County. On Thursday, the county reported one death, bringing the overall total in the county to 204, consistent with a recent trend in which the overall number has gone up by just one or two over the past few days.

The total number of cases in the past 24 hours went up by 75 to 3,722. According to data provided by the county, 304 intensive-care unit hospital beds are currently in use to treat patients.

The total number of floor bed usage is at its highest in more than a month, with 1,407 beds filled.


6 p.m.: 36 MPD members test positive for coronavirus, testing to begin in District 5

Thirty-six members of the Milwaukee Police Department have tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

“Many” have recovered and returned to work, while others are under self-isolation, Sgt. Sheronda Grant said in a news release.

And staff at District 5, on Milwaukee’s north side, will be the first to receive testing “as it is located in a heavily affected area,” Grant said. The north side has been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the city.

WMTJ Radio reported earlier Thursday that 10 officers at District 5 had tested positive.

MPD plans to provide tests to every member of the department “as additional tests become available,” Grant said in the release.

“Currently, our officers respond to over 500 known COVID-19 positive locations each week, in addition to countless traffic stops, citizen contacts and other interactions with the public that place our members at significant risk of contracting the virus,” the release reads.

All officers also now must all wear masks, which Grant said was a rule implemented after MPD received enough masks for everyone.

MPD continues to accept donations for N95 and KN95 masks. Email to make a donation.

— Sophie Carson

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