Governor Addresses Wisconsin on COVID-19 Pandemic

The governor addressed the state Tuesday, urging collective action to combat the virus.

By Will Kenneally

November 10, 2020

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Gov. Tony Evers addresses the people of Wisconsin on the COVID-19 pandemic Nov. 10, 2020.

Gov. Tony Evers addressed the people of Wisconsin on the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, as the state set another record in new cases.

The governor did not announce any new policy, but said he would release a package of legislation soon and called on the state Legislature to quickly pass the legislation he is proposing.

Evers also signed an executive order laying out a series of recommendations for Wisconsinites, including eliminating non-essential travel and staying home when sick.

“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 fight against this virus is winnable, but only if we fight it together.”

Wisconsin recorded 7,073 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, topping 7,000 for the second time in a matter of days. The state also saw a record-breaking 66 deaths.

“Wisconsin, this is serious. This crisis is urgent. Across our state, families, workers, and communities continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the governor said.

“Our healthcare workers are going to work every day, working three, sometimes four, shifts in a row, often having to reuse or share masks, and putting themselves and their families at risk to do their jobs. We owe them our thanks, but they also deserve our action.”

Evers’ speech comes after governors from Minnesota and Iowa both announced public health measures to combat the virus.

This also comes amid pressure from local officials. Dane County Exec. Joe Parisi called on state leaders to act during a Monday news conference, which he followed up with a letter to Republican legislative leaders Tuesday.

“The lack of a comprehensive statewide plan to mitigate the spread of the virus is contributing greatly to our challenge. This virus knows no boundaries; it is spreading at alarming rates,” Parisi wrote. “[I] implore you to come to the table with Governor Evers to develop and enact a statewide plan.”

“As we put the election behind us,” Evers said Tuesday, “we are called upon to remember the things that unite us—and that includes the struggles that we share. We must now return our undivided attention to the COVID-19 pandemic. We must start fighting this virus, together, and we must start tonight.”

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters Tuesday that he has not spoken to Evers since May, but that their staffs have been in contact. Vos said Republicans were meeting to discuss ideas for state action, but did not mention specifics other than expanding testing and encouraging Wisconsinites to follow public health guidelines.

A transcript of the governor’s remarks is available here.

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