MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday he will issue a new public health emergency on the coronavirus pandemic and will extend the state's indoor mask mandate into 2021.
Evers also called on Republican lawmakers and conservatives to stop pushing a lawsuit aimed at blocking the mandate, which is the only statewide government intervention currently in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, which is raging in Wisconsin.
"It's clear based on where we're headed, we cannot afford to stop or have a gap in some of the only mitigation efforts we still have in place," Evers said.
Evers announced his plans for a new order as Wisconsin set a new record Wednesday with 7,989 cases of COVID-19 reported and as 52 people lost their lives to the virus.