7 virus cases linked to recent Wisconsin election

Democratic efforts to postpone the April 7 election were overturned by the state's Supreme Court. Election poll workers and voters were forced to wait in long lines, increasing their risk of exposure.

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April 21, 2020 - 1:17 PM

Milwaukee County residents line up to vote Tuesday, April, 7 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers sought to postpone the elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was overruled by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to have the voting proceed as scheduled. Photo by (Pat A. Robinson/Zuma Press/TNS)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials in Wisconsin said they have identified at least seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus from participating in the April 7 election, the first such cases following in-person voting that was held despite widespread concern about the public health risks.

The cases involve six voters and one poll worker in Milwaukee, where difficulty finding poll workers forced the city to pare nearly 200 voting locations back to just five, and where voters — some in masks, some with no protection — were forced to wait in long lines for hours.

The conditions of the seven weren’t immediately available. City health commissioner Jeanette Kowalik told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she hopes to have more information later in the week. Kowalik’s office didn’t immediately respond to a question from The Associated Press asking how city health officials were able to trace the infections to the election.

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