Evers orders gathering limit of 10
For the City Times
|MADISON — Governor Tony Evers has directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to issue an agency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The order makes exceptions for transportation, educational institutions, child care, hotels, military, law enforcement, food pantries, hospitals, long-term care facilities, restaurants and bars can only offer take-out or delivery, grocery stores and convenience stores, utility facilities, job centers, and courts.
Additionally, schools will be closed for the duration of the public health emergency.
“Our top priority at this time is to keep Wisconsinites safe and healthy by reducing the spread of COVID-19, especially for those who are considered high-risk. With limited tests available nationwide and continued community spread, we have to take every precaution to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors,” Evers said. “I know what this means for our small business owners and the struggles they and their workers will face in the coming weeks, but we are committed to working with our federal partners, state officials, and stakeholders to ensure we are doing everything we can to assist during these uncertain times.”
DHS and Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene to move to tiered COVID-19 testing to manage capacity
Individuals who are critically ill and receiving ICU level care with unexplained viral pneumonia or respiratory failure. Individuals who are hospitalized (non-ICU) with fever or signs and symptoms of lower respiratory tract illness (cough, shortness of breath) and either known exposure to a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient or travel to an area with sustained community transmission
Individuals who are hospitalized (non-ICU) with unexplained fever and signs/symptoms of lower respiratory tract illness. Those who are health care workers with unexplained fever and signs/symptoms of a lower-respiratory illness, regardless of hospitalization.
Test requests that do not meet these criteria will be sent to other labs in the state and country for testing, resulting in longer wait times.