LIVE: Gov Evers Media Briefing: Update Status of Wisconsin COVID-19 response and Safer At Home order

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Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health emergency Thursday March 12, 2020 in response to a growing number of cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Wisconsin. The announcement was made at the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs in the State Emergency Operations Center in Madison. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is scheduled to participate in a media briefing Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. to give more information about Wisconsin’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the ‘Safer At Home’ order, and additional steps people can take to avoid illness.

Gov. Evers will be joined by Wisconsin’s Adjutant General Paul Knapp, Secretary-designee Andrea Palm of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases Dr. Ryan Westergaard, and Gov. Evers’ Chief Legal Counsel Ryan Nilsestuen.

Details of the order were released Tuesday morning and include the order of nonessential businesses to cease operations to some extent, limits on travel, and the closures of certain parks and entertainment facilities.

On Monday, Gov. Evers stated he didn’t want to make the decision to impose the ‘Safer At Home,’ but believes it is necessary to “flatten the curve” in the state.

During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Evers directed Sec. Palm to issue updates to the previous order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people. This resulted in the closure of hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities.

In the same briefing, Gov. Evers stated that he didn’t believe a statewide shelter in place order was necessary, citing that he trusted Wisconsinsites to heed his previous orders to slow the spread of the virus.

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