Gov. Tony Evers orders ban on mass gatherings of 50 or more people

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 07:52:19-04

WISCONSIN — Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has directed the Department of Health Services to order a ban on mass gatherings of 50 people or more.

Evers said the ban is for everyone to "practice social distancing and take every step possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19."

The ban will not affect "critical infrastructure and services" such as grocery stores, food pantries, childcare centers, pharmacies and hospitals. The ban will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 17.

As of Monday morning, there were a total of 3,774 confirmed cases and 69 deaths in the U.S., according to tracking data from Johns Hopkins. 12 people have recovered from the disease.

In Wisconsin, 47 total cases have been confirmed.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provided an update at 1:30 p.m. regarding coronavirus in Wisconsin.

Listen to the latest Department of Health Services call below:

DHS: 47 cases of coronavirus reported in Wisconsin

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