Governor Tony Evers Issues “Safer At Home” Order

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order for Wisconsin on Monday morning. The governor made the announcement in a series of tweets.

“We have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of the people of our state as we have responded to COVID-19,” Evers wrote. “We’ve taken important steps, but folks, time is of the essence. So today I’m announcing we’ll be issuing a Safer at Home order tomorrow.”

In a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon Evers said restaurants will continue to be able to offer food for pickup and delivery. He did not provide details on what the order might mean for construction companies, manufacturing businesses, or hotels. Evers said details will come out Tuesday, meaning the order will effectively go into place Wednesday.

“Workers providing essential care or services in our communities will be allowed to continue to travel to and from work,” Evers wrote. “That includes folks like healthcare professionals, grocers, family caregivers, among other people whose work is critical for folks across our state.”

Wisconsin cases of coronavirus surpassed 400 yesterday, rising 35 to 416 cases, including 5 deaths. That comes after cases surged by 100 to 381 Sunday, with rapid growth in Milwaukee County. As of Sunday no cases had been reported in Door or Kewaunee County. As of late Monday Door County had conducted 53 tests for the virus, 17 of those tests came back negative and the county is awaiting results on the remaining 36.

The U.S. now reports more than 46,000 total cases and 593 dead. The death toll is now doubling every three days, and yesterday more than 100 died in a single day for the first time since the crisis began. To see how the United States compares to the rest of the world in the fight against the virus, the Financial Times has made access to a wide array of charts free here>>

“People across our state are still out and about unnecessarily that are putting our friends, our neighbors, and our communities at risk,” Evers said. “Please #StayHome and help us save lives. We also need folks to limit their interactions to the same people, not different small groups. Shrinking your circle of interactions will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately that means no sleepovers, no play dates, and no dinner parties with friends and neighbors.”