Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Governor Tony Evers declares a new state of emergency and re-issues Wisconsin’s mask mandate. Both measures are already in place and were set to expire this Saturday, but today, Evers chose to push them out into next year.
The current emergency declaration and mask mandate are before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, following a lawsuit that alleges Evers’ recent actions to stop the spread of the virus are an unconstitutional overreach of power.
Today, he warned people in the state need to “buckle down” until a COVID-19 vaccine is ready to be distributed.
Evers said, “As always, Wisconsin, please stay home, wear our masks if you have to go out, but otherwise stay home. Call it what you want. Flattening the curve. Stopping the spread. Staying safer at home. I’m going to call it what it is, it’s about saving lives.”
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The new orders were announced as Wisconsin set a new single-day record for positive cases, just 11 shy of 8-thousand.
52 people lost their lives to the virus, and hospitalizations increased by 283.
The State Department of Health Services says 19 percent of all people hospitalized with COVID-19 are in the ICU.