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Gov. Evers calls for more federal support, Milwaukee to re-evaluate reopening plan

Posted at 6:06 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 19:06:57-04

During Tuesday's state and local COVID-19 briefings, Gov. Tony Evers called for additional federal funds, while Milwaukee's health department said it will re-evaluate its "Moving Milwaukee Forward Plan."

Evers called on President Trump and Congress to hash out a deal that will help states push through the pandemic.

"These funds expire December 31. One package months ago is just not enough for communities, workers, business owners, families who continue to struggle," said Evers.

The governor went on to say a lack of additional funding would be detrimental to Wisconsin.

"At the end of the day, people of Wisconsin will see a dramatic decrease in the services the state provides and resources that directly go to individuals and schools and municipalities. We have to take care of COVID-19 first and if the federal government isn't going to do their job we will have to make the hard choices in Wisconsin," said Governor Evers.

President Trump told TMJ4's Charles Benson over the past weekend he is willing to spend even more on a stimulus deal to get it done before Election Day.

Evers says there is about $120 million in federal money set aside to support the state's response where it's needed in the event negotiations fail before the year ends.

In Milwaukee, the health department is looking to re-evaluate its "Milwaukee Moving Forward Plan," but it did not offer any specific details.

The city’s interim health commissioner did say they continue to get complaints about bars and restaurants violating the city's order.

"Right now we continue to follow our current process in regards to individual bars and restaurants that violate their order or violate the safety plan that they submitted to us. And that includes an initial communication followed by a warning letter and then a citation. So that's where we are," said Marlaina Jackson, Milwaukee Interim Health Commissioner.

At the state and local levels, health officials are pleaded for Wisconsinites to work together to reverse disturbing COVID-19 trends by staying home as much as possible, wearing a face mask when in public, and avoiding large and small gatherings with people you don't live with.

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