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 On Tuesday, citing the “near-exponential” growth in COVID-19 cases across the state, Gov. Tony Evers extended his statewide mask order to Nov. 21. In the latest order, Evers notes that infections among young adults have skyrocketed as schools, colleges and universities have reopened. The order cites several sobering statistics:

— 70 outbreak investigations in K-12 schools are underway; 

— 71 out of 72 counties have high disease activity, defined as a combination of disease burden and growth, compared with 61 counties on July 29;

— Eight of the 20 cities with the fastest increase of COVID-19 cases in the United States are in Wisconsin: La Crosse, Whitewater, Green Bay, Beaver Dam, Oshkosh, Platteville, Appleton and Madison. 

Also Tuesday, the United States tallied another grim milestone: More than 200,000 pandemic deaths.

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“Wisconsin is in the midst of a pandemic that is growing at a near-exponential rate, causing illness and death that is devastating Wisconsin families, straining our health care system, and crippling our economy.”

— Emergency order issued Tuesday by Gov. Tony Evers Tuesday extending the statewide mask requirement to Nov. 21.

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Data to note

The office of Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday released these charts in support of extending his statewide mask order. The first graphic shows the rapid growth in COVID-19 infections among 18- to 24-year olds. The second shows that the level of transmission is high in all but one Wisconsin county.

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