Gov. Evers recommends restricting movement as COVID-19 surges in rural counties.

The novel coronavirus is spread person-to-person via respiratory droplets, which is why it is important to stay 6 ft. away from others, according to Public Health Madison and Dane County. Image courtesy of the CDC, public domain.

Author: Cailyn Schiltz

Gov. Tony Evers asks Wisconsinites to voluntarily lockdown in the wake of Wisconsin confirming a record number of deaths on Tuesday and COVID-19 spreading further into rural areas. 

Sixty-three people lost their lives on Tuesday, according to Channel 3000. This record high contributed to the current total of 1,871 people who have died from COVID-19 or related complications since March. With the increased confirmed cases and hospitalizations, only 16 percent of hospital beds statewide are available for new patients.

In Dane County, COVID-19 has spread from cities and suburbs to more rural areas of the county. Channel 3000 reports that the positive case rate outside of Madison has increased from 28 percent to now 58 percent. 

Gov. Tony Evers asks Wisconsin residents to limit their movements and essentially shelter in place again to free up space in hospitals which will lead to saved lives. 

As of today, 84.6 percent of Wisconsin’s hospital beds are in use, as illustrated by the state’s Department of Health Services website.

“We can prevent the deaths of people in Wisconsin by staying home,” Gov. Evers said. 

To prevent catching or spreading COVID-19, Public Health Madison and Dane County recommends avoiding gatherings, washing your hands, maintaining six feet of social distance and wearing face coverings.