Governor Tony Evers and Secretary-designee Palm Media Briefing
Governor Evers started the press conference off recognizing the three Wisconsinites who had died as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Yesterday two deaths were announced by Governor Evers; one was a man in his 50s from Fond du Lac County and the other was a man in his 90s from Ozaukee County. The third death is a 66-year old man who died from complications of a COVID-19 infection in Milwaukee County.
Both Governor Evers and Secretary-designee Andrea Palm cautioned that these will unfortunately not be the only deaths. Governor Evers said “Things will get worse before they get better,” and Secretary Palm noted that “sadly these deaths will not be our only deaths, we will see more.”
The overwhelming message from the press conference was that Wisconsinites should stay home, practice good hygiene and social distancing.
“Shelter in Place”
Governor Evers was asked whether Wisconsin will see a “shelter-in-place” order and he responded that he believed that Wisconsin will be able to avoid that. He noted that Wisconsinites are taking this seriously and that mandating people to stay in their home can be avoided if people continue to follow current restrictions. There are currently no plans to shelter in place.
April 7th Election:
Despite calls from some Mayors, Governor Evers said there are no plans to change the April 7th Spring Election date. He said that he doesn’t have the powers to move the Election Day. The Governor noted this Election is not just a primary, but a General Election for local and statewide positions. He noted, “moving this date is not going to solve the problem.” He encouraged voters concerned about voting in person that day to vote absentee.
Updated Mass Gathering Order:
The Governor released an updated order that maintains the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people and indefinite school closures, but includes some important changes and clarifications:
- Treats bars and restaurants are the same. Bars will be able to have carryout sales of alcohol and food, if allowed by local ordinances and state law. This will help ensure thousands of establishments can stay in business during this unprecedented health emergency.
- Media and news organizations can remain open to provide the public with vital information.
- Laundromats may remain open.
- Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions may remain open if they practice social distancing.
- All parts of the food delivery system – from farms to stores – may remain open.
- Clarifies that cafeterias in healthcare facilities may remain open to serve our healthcare workers.
- Allied health professions, such as acupuncturists, are unaffected by the mass gathering ban.
- All parts of our transportation system can continue to serve our economy.
- Any facility used for in-person absentee voting or as a polling location may remain open for voting, except for sites at long-term care and assisted care facilities.
- Hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities must close effective 5 pm on Fri., March 20, 2020..
Link to video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PWrN2k84h4
DHS released updated numbers this afternoon;
- The number of positive cases is up to 206 in Wisconsin, up from 155 in yesterday’s update.
- There have been 3,455 negative results (2,192 yesterday) and 1 patient who tested positive in Dane County has recovered.
- 3 patients have died in Wisconsin
Number of Positive Results by County
- Brown*- 2
- Dane*- 32
- Eau Claire-1
- Fond du Lac- 14
- Kenosha*- 4
- La Crosse- 4
- Milwaukee*- 85
- Pierce- 1
- Sheboygan- 6
- St. Croix-2
- Washington- 3
- Waukesha- 15
- Winnebago- 5
- Wood- 1
- * An asterisk indicates community spread has been identified (Brown County is a new community spread location)
- Green is a newly added county positive test result for this update
The Administration also shared some links to agency specific COVID-19 information spots;
- The main information page is the DHS site;https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm.
Here are a couple additional sites for current information:
Previous Wisconsin COVID-19 Updates
Previous COVID-19 Updates are archived here