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As Wisconsin continues to set records for new cases and deaths from COVID-19, the pandemic is reaching the highest levels of state government. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the offices of both Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, have seen infections among legislative staff. The Journal Sentinel reports that the Legislature’s two top leaders “have not disclosed how many or which lawmakers have contracted COVID-19, nor have they answered questions about contact tracing efforts — including whether anyone worked at the state Capitol after they were exposed to the virus.”
Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald silent on his office’s recent coronavirus quarantine — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee issues new order reducing gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2 more Wisconsin prisons have COVID-19 outbreaks totaling more than 500 active cases — Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee memorial pays tribute to lives lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Data to note
As the United States set a record for highest seven-day average in new COVID-19 cases, Wisconsin hit record-high numbers for cases and deaths on Tuesday. The state Department of Health Services announced another 64 deaths and a record-smashing 5,262 new cases from the pandemic — 671 cases higher than Wisconsin’s previous one-day record.
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