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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #157 (9-22-20)

Updated numbers from Tuesday September 22nd, 2020

    • 104,170 positive tests and 1,348,492 negative tests in Wisconsin (7.2% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Tuesday there were 1,672 positive tests reported on 12,537 tests (13.3% positive rate Tuesday)
        • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 1,838/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,251 in Wisconsin.
    • On Tuesday there were 7 deaths reported
  • 88,131 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (84.6%), 14,770 cases are still considered active (14.2%) and 1,251 patients have died (1.2%). (last updated by DHS on 9/22)

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Gov. Evers Declares New Public Health Emergency Due to Campus Outbreaks, Issues New Face Coverings Order

Gov. Tony Evers today declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin “due to recent surge in cases among young people” and issued a new face coverings order effective immediately.

  • Executive Order #90 is available here.
  • Emergency Order #1 is available here.

Both orders are effective immediately and will expire after sixty days or with a subsequent superseding order.

The governor previously declared a public health emergency under Executive Order #82, which remains in effect.

“We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that we are facing a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin,” said Gov. Evers. “We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus. We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially—please stay home as much as you are able, skip heading to the bars, and wear a mask whenever you go out. We need your help to stop the spread of this virus, and we all have to do this together.”

Link to press release

Legislative Reaction

REPUBLICANS:

[Senate Majority Leader] Fitzgerald Statement on “Illegal Emergency” Order Extension

“Governor Evers’ disregard for the state constitution and the role of the three branches of government is mind-boggling. The Governor’s order is not valid and is not worth the paper it’s printed on.

“He has now had two opportunities to unilaterally impose measures he claims fight the spread of COVID-19. He applied these orders statewide, without regard for how the virus is impacting different regions.

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court made it clear that if Governor Evers wishes to continue to impose sanctions, mandates, and restrictions on the citizens of this state, he must work with the legislature to do so. That has not happened.

“Governor Evers’ order is moot, illegal, invalid, and almost assuredly headed for litigation.”

Link to statement

[Assembly Speaker Robin Vos] Statement: Illegal Extension by Governor Evers

“Wisconsin’s lawless governor continues to rule by fiat and it must end. This latest order is obviously illegal. Wisconsin Statutes clearly state the powers given to the executive branch during a public health emergency are limited. There is already a court challenge and undoubtedly, there will be more. No one branch of government can rule outside the letter of the law and go unchecked, even during a pandemic.

Link to statement

DEMOCRAT:

[Minority Caucus Chair] Rep. Mark Spreitzer Statement on New Public Health Emergency

“I was pleased to see that Governor Evers issued a new public health emergency and a new statewide mask mandate, which are effective immediately. These new orders are a result of the recent surge in cases across the state, including among young people and at college campuses.

“Our state and our district continue to face severe and increasing threats from this virus. The science is clear, and we must do everything possible to slow the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. Wearing masks allows us to live our lives and support our local businesses while keeping those around us safer.

“I also encourage everyone to get a flu shot this year, to protect yourself from the flu and preserve COVID-19 hospital and testing capacity.

“We must continue to work together to strengthen our response and overcome the COVID-19 virus. I am grateful to Governor Evers for protecting the people of our state, and I encourage Wisconsinites to mask up to slow the spread.”

Link to statement

 

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