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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #119 (7-30-20) 

Updated numbers from Thursday July 30th, 2020

The Department of Health Services (DHS) released the following updated numbers for Thursday July 30th, 2020:  

  • Cumulatively there have been 919,710 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 52,108 positive tests and 867,602 negative tests in Wisconsin (5.7 % positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Thursday there were 1,059 positive tests reported on 17,270 tests (6.1% positive rate Thursday)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 919 in Wisconsin.
      • There were 8 deaths reported on Thursday
  • 41,319 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (79%), 9,852 cases are still considered active (19%) and 919 patients have died (2%). (last updated by DHS on 7/30)

 

Source:  DHS COVID-19: County Data; https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm

Governor Evers Media Briefing 

Governor Tony Evers participated in a media briefing today to provide an update on Wisconsin’s coronavirus response. The Governor was joined by: Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor.

Governor Evers started today’s media briefing off with an explanation of why he was declaring a public health emergency and issuing an emergency order requiring individuals to wear masks.

“While our local health departments have been doing a heck of a job responding to this pandemic in our communities, the fact of the matter is, this virus doesn’t care about any town, city, or county boundary, and we need a statewide approach to get Wisconsin back on track. We’ve said all along that we’re going to let science and public health experts be our guide in responding to this pandemic, and we know that masks and face coverings will save lives. While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public, my job as governor is to put people first and to do what’s best for the people of our state, so that’s what I am going to do.”

Of note in the media briefing were the following:

  • When asked about the new public health emergency order, the Governor was asked whether other emergency orders that had expired, would be reinstated. The Governor’s legal counsel said that we are at a different place now than where were before in the pandemic, but they are looking at reinstating some orders, like those related to medical professional licensing. (Here is a list of previously issued orders that had expired)
  • When asked about the timing of the change in the Supreme Court make up taking place the same day as the new emergency order. The Governor said that the timing is based on the virus, not on Judge Karofsky being sworn in on Saturday, August 1st.
  • When asked about how the order will be enforced, the Governor’s attorney said the civil forfeitures would be enforced by local district attorneys.
  • When asked about the Legislature coming in and overturning the Emergency Order, the Governor said “To come in and have the Republicans say we don’t believe in science, pretty risky business — pretty risky political business and real risky health business.”
  • When asked if he worked with the legislature on the mask mandate, he said the order was his own, and that he called the leaders to give them a heads up.
  • When asked about whether he would use an order to impact the opening of schools, the Governor said he was comfortable with the local approach to school openings.

Link to media briefing

Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide

Gov. Tony Evers today declared a Public Health Emergency (Executive Order #82) and issued an Emergency Order (Emergency Order #1) requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding order.

From FAQs on the Mask Order:

When do I need to wear a face covering?

You need to wear a face covering whenever you are indoors or in an enclosed space, other than a private residence, and other people are present in the same room or space. For example, you must wear a mask while you are shopping in a store or using a taxi.

When do I not need to wear a face covering? You do not need to wear a face covering if:

  • you are at a private residence;
  • you are outside; or you are indoors and no one else is present.

You can also remove your face covering in the following situations:

    • When you are eating or drinking.
    • When you are communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and you cannot communicate while wearing a mask.
    • While sleeping (e.g., firefighters sleeping at a fire station).
    • While swimming or being on duty as a life guard.
    • When you are giving a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation for an audience, so long as you have at least 6 feet between you and other individuals.
    • When you are working if wearing a face covering poses a safety risk, as determined by government safety guidelines or regulations.
    • When you need to temporarily remove your face covering to confirm your identify, such as entering a bank, credit union, or other financial institution or when having to show that you match your identification card when buying alcohol.
    • When engaging in activities where federal or state law or regulations prohibit wearing a face covering.

Do I need to wear a face covering indoors, even if I can physically distance from other people at all times?

    • Yes, you need to wear a face covering indoors unless you are at a private residence or you’re the only person in the room.

Are face coverings required inside businesses and office spaces?

    • Yes, unless an exception applies.

FAQ Document

Legislative Reaction:

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester)

“I understand the necessity of doing all that we can to control the spread of COVID-19. We all know it’s serious. People have lost loved ones, businesses are struggling to survive and this ‘new normal’ for families is stressful and exhausting.

“Local governments have been responding appropriately and increasing precautionary measures as needed. But Wisconsin shouldn’t have a one-size-fits-all mandate. It doesn’t build public support when there are questions surrounding the metrics and the constitutionality of this mandate.

“It’s disappointing that yet again Governor Evers has chosen to not communicate or work with the legislature. There are certainly constitutional questions here; I would expect legal challenges from citizen groups.”

 

(Link to release)

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh)

“I appreciate Governor Evers taking proactive action to help keep people safe and keep our economy open. While there is so much we still don’t know about COVID-19, we do know that wearing a mask indoors can help reduce the spread of the virus. It’s important to remember that we control what happens with COVID19 in our state. We can protect each other through individual actions like wearing a mask, good hand hygiene, and practicing social distancing that can dramatically decrease the spread of COVID-19,” Rep. Hintz stated.

“I recognize that wearing a mask takes some getting used to, but if we want to save lives, keep our economy open and maintain the hope of in-person school this fall, it is a pretty small sacrifice to make.”

(Link to release)

State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater)

“I am calling on Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to immediately call the Legislature back into session to pass a joint resolution ending Governor Evers’ new illegal and unnecessary emergency declaration. The Legislature is empowered to end any emergency declaration issued by a Governor through the simple passage of a joint resolution that doesn’t require the Governor’s approval.

Governor Evers actions today are nothing more than a political stunt to create a partisan fight with the Legislature. This is not about improving public health. Today’s emergency declaration is all about the November election and the weak performance of Democrats in this state.

Since March, the actions of Governor Evers and Secretary-Designee Palm have solidified both of them as the two least trustful people that haveserved in state government in my entire time in the Legislature. I can’t legally or morally trust either of these individuals with emergency powers.”

(Link to release)

 

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