WISCONSIN — During a COVID-19 update Tuesday, Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said that the state is in a worse place than we were in March.
The DHS and Governor Tony Evers gave the update Tuesday afternoon and begged Wisconsinites to stay home, mask up, and social distance when possible.
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"Back in March, we all stayed safer at home to flatten the curve, protect our frontline healthcare workers, the healthcare system, and our public health infrastructure. Today, we are in a worse place than we were in March, and so we need to think like that again," said Palm.
The statement from Palm comes as Wisconsin continuously sets new records for the number of daily cases and average positive rate.
On Tuesday, Wisconsin saw 2,020 new cases, 108 more people hospitalized, and 18 additional deaths.
Your #COVID19_WI update w/another 2,020 confirmed cases, 18 deaths, and 108 hospitalizations reported. Please, protect yourself and your community: stay home if you can, physical distance, #MaskUpWisconsin, and wash your hands often to #StopTheSpread: https://t.co/azIna3TqRR pic.twitter.com/d3HdeqAfOV— WIDeptHealthServices (@DHSWI) October 6, 2020
The new numbers bring the total number of active cases to 24,852, and total deaths to 1,399.
Also during the update, Gov. Evers issued an order limiting the capacity of people in public spaces to 25 percent.
"We're in a crisis right now and need to immediately change our behavior to save lives," said Evers. "Folks, we need your help and we need all Wisconsinites to work together during this difficult time."