UPDATED 11:58 AM PT — Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Wisconsin officials will be distributing millions of units of personal protective equipment in a bid to stem the state’s resurgence of COVID-19.
On Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced a plan to ship more than 2 million cloth face masks and more than 4,000 infrared thermometers to K-12 schools. Under the plan, another 60,000 masks are also being sent to local food processors and businesses.
This comes as Wisconsin has doubled its number of reported cases in the last month. The state saw 16,500 cases before Memorial Day and 17,000 since.
“No party, no bar is worth it,” stated the Democrat governor. “Among those who have tested positive, there’s been an increase in folks who have met up with people outside of their immediate household in the two weeks prior to the infection.”
Wearing a mask is about more than protecting your own health. By wearing a mask, you’re helping protect our frontline healthcare workers, small business owners, essential workers, first responders, and many more of our neighbors doing critically important work. #MaskUpWisconsin pic.twitter.com/OZwq501LzX
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) July 7, 2020
Gov. Evers also said he considered a statewide mask order, but thought it unlikely given the state’s Supreme Court recent strike-down of his ‘Safer at Home’ order in May.