Virus deaths hit new high in Wisconsin, Evers releases bill

Gov. Tony Evers on a media conference call. Gov. Tony Evers on a media conference call. |  Photo: State of Wisconsin, File

Created: November 18, 2020 04:45 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers plans to extend an order requiring masks be worn in indoor public places amid a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases that is straining the state's hospitals. Evers said Wednesday that he will extend into January his mask mandate and reissue an order that will extend the state's public health emergency before the end of this week.

He called on Republicans to support his efforts, saying the seven-day average of positive new cases is now more than 6,400, more than triple what it was two months ago.

Wisconsin set another daily record-high new cases on Wednesday, with 7,989 new confirmed cases. Deaths from the coronavirus in Wisconsin hit a new daily high on Tuesday, with 92 deaths. That crushed the previous high of 66 set last week.

Hospitals also reported having a record-high number of patients.

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