Evers Says He’s Not Planning To Issue Shelter-In-Place Order

Number Of COVID-19 Cases Climbs To 206 As Of Friday Afternoon

Susan Stroud screens a customer at a Witham Health Services drive-thru Community Viral Screening center
Susan Stroud screens a customer at a Witham Health Services drive-thru Community Viral Screening center, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Whitestown, Ind. Indiana’s governor has ordered all public and private schools across the state remain closed to students until at least May 1 among steps aimed at slowing the coronavirus spread. Darron Cummings/AP Photo

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to steadily increase in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers says he doesn’t plan on issuing a shelter-in-place order, similar to those put forth in Illinois and California.

During a statewide call with media Friday afternoon, Evers said as long as people continue practicing good hygiene and social distancing, he believes current procedures can remain intact.

“We believe that what we have in place now works, and will continue to work,” Evers said.

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As of Friday afternoon, there were 206 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and 3,455 negative tests, according to the state Department of Health Services. So far, three people have died from the new coronavirus, according to health officials. However, the number of positive results continues to grow as counties announce positive cases.

DHS Secretary Andrea Palm said she expects the COVID-19 situation to worsen before it gets better.

“We know from what we’ve seen in other states and other countries and other states, that COVID-19 will affect thousands of Wisconsinites,” Palm said. “Most of these illnesses will be mild, but the outcome for others will be more severe.”

As of 3 p.m. Friday, the number of confirmed cases from DHS by county is (astericks indicate community spread):

  • Bayfield, 1
  • Brown*, 2
  • Calumet, 1
  • Chippewa, 1
  • Columbia*, 5
  • Dane*, 32
  • Douglas, 1
  • Dunn, 1
  • Eau Claire, 1
  • Fond du Lac, 14
  • Green, 1
  • Jefferson, 1
  • Kenosha*, 4
  • La Crosse, 4
  • Marathon, 1
  • Milwaukee*, 85
  • Outagamie, 2
  • Ozaukee, 7
  • Pierce, 1
  • Racine, 3
  • Rock, 1
  • Sauk, 2
  • Sheboygan, 6
  • St. Croix, 2
  • Walworth, 3
  • Washington, 3
  • Waukesha, 15
  • Winnebago, 5
  • Wood, 1

Health officials stressed social distancing — staying 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds and staying home if sick.