Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers issued a new executive order on Tuesday advising residents to “stay home to save lives.”
On the same day, the state recorded its average daily number of COVID-19 cases and its highest daily death toll to date, according to data compiled by Worldometer.
The governor’s latest order could potentially spark another heated battle with Republican lawmakers, who in May challenged an extension of the state’s stay-at-home order issued in March. The challenge gave rise to a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling against extension of order.
The last stay-at-home order
In a video address on Tuesday, Evers warned, “Wisconsin, this is serious. This crisis is urgent. It took us 7.5 months to reach 100,000 cases, but it only took 36 days to add 100,000. The way things are going, it will only take us 20 days to reach another 100,000 cases. .
“I am concerned about what our current trajectory means for Wisconsin healthcare workers, families and our economy if we don’t get this virus under control,” Evers said.
The governor advised residents to “cancel happy hours, dinners, sleepovers and games at your home,” warning of “gatherings with people who are not in your immediate home” for the next few years. vacation.
Evers noted that local businesses can be supported with curbside pickup, delivery, and online orders. He also called on employers to expand options for employees to work from home with the aim of limiting the “number of people in offices, facilities and stores” as well as limiting all travel to “basic needs or necessities. races “.
Evers said: “Please only leave your home if it is absolutely necessary, such as going to the doctor, picking up prescriptions, shopping for groceries or having a test. [for COVID-19]. “
Residents have also been asked to wear a mask and maintain a six-foot social distance from others if they go out.
“Wearing a mask is not a political statement – it is a sign to coworkers or strangers in the grocery store that you care about them, and they care about you too,” he noted.
GOP challenges to previous orders
The governor’s latest measure follows a controversial Wisconsin Supreme Court decision in May, which declared the extension of the state’s first stay-at-home order to be “illegal, invalid and unenforceable.”
The March order was set to expire in April, but was extended until May 26 by Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services secretary Andrea Palm.
The ruling noted that “Palm’s order confining all people to their homes, banning travel and shutting down businesses” exceeded its power under Wisconsin laws. Palm’s extension of the command has been declared “illegal, invalid and unenforceable”.
Last month, Evers issued another executive decree, which limited public gatherings to “no more than 25% of the total occupancy of a room or building”, due to a “deadly, uncontrolled peak and exponentially growing COVID-19 cases, ”across the state.
The measure was challenged last month by Republican lawmakers who said the order was “one-sided,” “illegal” and “unenforceable.”
In September, Evers declared a public health emergency and issued a new mask warrant for interior spaces.
“Face coverings should be worn 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,” said the governor’s office.
Rising COVID-19 cases and deaths in Wisconsin
Evers’ latest decree comes as the total number of confirmed cases in Wisconsin approaches nearly 294,000, with 2,395 deaths reported on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The seven-day moving average of daily new infections and the seven-day moving average of daily new deaths in the state both hit a record Tuesday, with 5,825 new infections and 42 new deaths, according to data compiled by Worldometer.
The total death toll from COVID-19 in the state is expected to double the current death toll in December, with around 4,755 deaths expected on December 17 with “continued relaxation of social distancing mandates and the mandates not being reimposed According to the latest projection from the Institute for Health Measurement and Evaluation (IHME).
Wisconsin is said to have the fourth highest infection rate (cases per 100,000 people) and fifth highest death rate (deaths per 100,000) among all states in the past seven days, according to the latest published report Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention (CDC).
News week has contacted the Evers office and members of the Wisconsin state legislature for comment.
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The new coronavirus has infected more than 51.5 million people around the world since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.
Globally, more than 1.2 million people have died while more than 33.6 million are believed to have recovered on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins.
The graphic below, produced by Statistical, shows the spread of COVID-19 across the United States