Evers bans gatherings larger than 50 people

The state Department of Health Services also said Monday the total number of cases rose to 46.

A model of the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. U.S. health officials have stated that COVID-19 is expected to become a significant public health concern in the United States. (Illustration courtesy of Centers for Disease Control)
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has directed the state Department of Health Services to ban gatherings of 50 or more people statewide in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In a series of posts on Twitter , Evers said "critical infrastructure and services" including grocery stores, food pantries, childcare centers, pharmacies, and hospitals would be exempt from the ban.

"This isn’t a decision I made lightly and we understand this will have an impact on Wisconsin workers, families, businesses and communities, but keeping folks safe and healthy has to be our highest priority," Evers said.

About an hour after Evers' announcement, DHS Secretary Andrea Palm said the state had received results for 504 negative tests for COVID-19 and 46 positive tests with one confirmed case recovered.

The outbreak of the ailment has lead to sweeping changes to daily life and prompted many Wisconsinites to alter their routines to thwart the spread of the ailment.


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