Coronavirus: A Timeline for DeForest Residents

Ainsley Swenson

The Coronavirus is a major respiratory sickness that has recently swept across the globe, scaring millions. It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were learning about this sickness and now it has shut down most of our state. This may leave people wondering, how did we get here?


  1. December 31, 2019

According to The New York Times, this is the time frame when doctors in Wuhan, China began to treat dozens of cases of pneumonia that originated from an unknown cause.


  1. January 1, 2020

A day after beginning to treat these patients, Chinese health officials shut down “the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market after it is discovered that wild animals sold there may be the source of the virus” states CNN.


  1. January 7, 2020

 An article by Aljazeera states that it was this day when Chinese officials announced that this sickness was actually a new virus.


  1. January 21, 2020

CNN states that on this day Washington state confirmed the first case of Coronavirus on American land.


  1. January 30, 2020

America records its first case of “person-to-person” transmission of Coronavirus according to CNN.


  1. February 11, 2020

According to The World Health Organization Coronavirus would be renamed “COVID-19”


  1. February 23, 2020

The New York Times states that there is a major rise in COVID-19 cases in Italy, and the Italian government officially decides to put certain towns into a “lockdown”


  1. March 12, 2020

According to news site Aljazeera the COVID-19 death toll passes 4,600 individuals.


  1. March 14, 2020

DeForest Area School District announces that they will shut down for at least three weeks in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the area.


  1. March 23, 2020

News Channel WISN reports that Wisconsin Governor, Tony Evers, is putting into place the “Safer at Home” order that will close all non-essential businesses until April 24, 2020.


  1. March 24, 2020

The New York Times states the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are to be rescheduled for 2021.


  1. April 6, 2020

The news site Just Security reports that on this day “deaths from COVID-19 [became] the leading cause of death in the United States.”


  1. April 8, 2020

CNN reports that Wuhan is reopened after 76 days of lockdown.


  1. April 10, 2020

Deaths caused by COVID-19 surpass 101,000 people, reports the New York Times.


15. April 16, 2020

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers extends the state’s “Safer at Home” order until May 26, reports WKOW. All schooling will be conducted online through the end of the year.


A map of the COVID-19 outbreak across the United States.

If you wish to learn more about COVID-19 visit the website for the CDC.