In the matter of a few days, life as we know it has gone from routine and carefree to restricted and anxious. That’s the calling card of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

Only time will tell if the social isolation rules and guidelines imposed by public health officials will be successful at flattening the curve in the spread of the disease. The goal, they say, is to prevent the country’s health care system from being overwhelmed.

We have information on the impact of COVID-19’s on government, schools, business and life in this week’s edition of the Standard Press. The newspaper will be available at area retail outlets on Thursday. Subscribers will receive their copies with Thursday’s mail.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:

  • SENTENCE IN HAMMER ATTACK: A carnival worker has been sentenced to 115 years in prison for the hammer attack and rape of a woman in Elkhorn on the eve of the Walworth County Fair.
  • CASE AT A STANDSTILL: Linda LaRoche’s homicide case remained at a standstill last week when she appeared without an attorney for the fifth time in Racine County Circuit Court. LaRoche, 64, of Cape Coral, Florida, reportedly told court officials at a March 12 status conference she is still awaiting final closure on the sale of her home to pay an attorney to represent her, according to online court record.
  • MEETING CANCELED: The Burlington Common Council planned to decide on four resolutions Tuesday, three of which were revolving loan fund grants, an ordinance regarding the potential dissolution of the Board of Public Works and create a statutory public works officer as well as two motions. But the meeting never happened. It was canceled as concerns grew about the spread of the coronavirus.
  • WAITING GAME: The world of high school sports came to a screeching halt late last week and now local coaches and athletes are twisting in limbo as uncertainty reigns regarding the status of the spring sports season.
  • GET YOUR GARDEN GOING: We’ve got tips from local experts on how to start your garden seeds and plan for lush flowers and vegetables in the coming growing season in this week’s Living feature.