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A Wisconsin judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ limits on gatherings at bars, restaurants and other public places — easing the restrictions while hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 mount from the state’s failure to control the coronavirus.
Mitchell Schmidt reports for the Wisconsin State Journal that Sawyer County Circuit Judge John Yackel issued a temporary halt on enforcement of Evers’ statewide order limiting some indoor gatherings to no more than 25% of occupancy.
The decision comes in a lawsuit filed by the Tavern League of Wisconsin — the “latest in a long list of legal challenges against efforts by Evers and his administration to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Schmidt writes.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported 28 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 1,536 during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the state continues to set daily records for COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 1,017 patients receiving treatment as of Wednesday — up from 959 a day earlier, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
In the latest installment of our Outbreak Wisconsin collaboration with WPR, UW-Health nurse Mariah Clark offers a plea to residents to wear masks and keep their distance from each other as hospitals become overwhelmed:
“There’s got to be a change, y’all … This is slowly grinding us into dirt.”
Judge blocks Gov. Tony Evers’ order limiting indoor gatherings at some businesses — Wisconsin State Journal
‘This is slowly grinding us into dirt’: An ER nurse reflects on the relentless pandemic — WPR/Wisconsin Watch
With record COVID-19 hospitalizations, Wisconsin opens overflow facility — Wisconsin State Journal
Food access trouble?
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Data to note
Here is a visualization of trends in cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext: