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Evers: Trump can wear mask or skip Wisconsin rallies

The Associated Press
Created: September 29, 2020 05:39 PM

Gov. Tony Evers said President Trump should either not come to two rallies in the state this weekend or should insist that everyone who attends the events wear masks so they don't become super-spreader events.

The number of cases statewide is at their highest numbers since the pandemic started.

"We are in a crisis right now," said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin's chief medical officer.

On Tuesday, Wisconsin recorded its highest single-day increase in deaths from COVID-19 since May. The state's seven-day average in new confirmed cases was three times higher than a month ago and Wisconsin ranked third in new cases per capita over the past two weeks.

The number of people hospitalized, 640, was also an all-time high and an increase of 207 from seven days earlier. Hospitals in Green Bay and elsewhere in the state said they were near capacity.

Evers blamed President Donald Trump and state Republican leaders who have challenged his efforts to slow the virus by downplaying the severity of the crisis.

Trump on Saturday is scheduled to hold campaign rallies in Green Bay and La Crosse, which both have high rates of new cases.

As of Tuesday, nearly 120,000 people in the state had tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic. There have been 1,300 deaths, up by 17 since Monday. The death count is the 30th highest in the country overall and the 42nd highest per capita, at 22 deaths per 100,000 people.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has gone up by 984, an increase of 84%. There were 475 new cases per 100,000 people in Wisconsin over the past two weeks, third highest per capita.


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