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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has scheduled a rare live address for Tuesday night to urge residents to cooperate to slow the spread of COVID-19 — a disease that continues to hospitalize and kill record numbers of Wisconsin residents each day.
“A global pandemic — coupled with economic uncertainty and another election season — has shaken our patience, our empathy, and our compassion for one another,” Evers will say, according to prepared remarks. “…But now, as we put the election behind us, we are called upon to remember the things that unite us — and that includes the struggles that we share.”
Evers is scheduled to deliver his remarks from a state Capitol conference room at 6:05 p.m. Central time — hours after the Department of Health Services reported new daily records for infections (7,073) and deaths (66) from a pandemic that has killed 2,395 Wisconsinites since March. The state’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests by person soared past 30%.
Politics has paralyzed Wisconsin’s pandemic response in recent months. Republicans have taken the Evers administration to court to limit his public health powers, while partisan messaging has led many residents to spurn masks and distancing — two proven tools for slowing the coronavirus. Widespread disinformation about the virus has also muddled public health efforts.
Evers’ address will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook.
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