LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Wisconsin’s political divide over handling the COVID-19 pandemic was front and center in Madison today, along with new daily numbers for positive tests and fatalities linked to the virus.
The state department of health services reported 3,279 confirmed new cases today, breaking a record set just five days earlier. There were 34 fatalities reported, also a new high, bringing the total number of people who have died to 1,508.
Cases recovered now stand at 79.2 percent.
Today, Governor Evers continued his request for people to stay at home, wear masks when they go out, and maintain social distancing. However, he also called on republicans who control the legislature to come forward with their plans for fighting the virus.
Evers said, “You know all the cares money that we have given to different organizations and the farmers and the small businesses and not on across the state. It’s important as a response to what’s happening with the virus, but if we don’t find a way to restrain that virus that we’ve all agreed to, with the mitigation strategies that work, we can just keep adding money to that pot and continue spending it, because we’re not doing the simple stuff that frankly doesn’t cost a hell of a lot.”
For the second time in the past seven days, Eau Claire County reports another death linked to the COVID-19 virus. This is the ninth fatality since the pandemic began.
It comes as Eau Claire county tacks on 54 more COVID-19 cases.
Chippewa County adds 30 new positive tests.
Dunn County moves up by six.
La Crosse County increases by 21.