The MacIver Daily Disease Brief: COVID-19 In Wisconsin

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March 26, 2020

MacIver Staff

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, it can seem like things are constantly changing. In Wisconsin, Governor Evers is holding regular press conferences in an effort to share with the public directly his plan to combat the virus and give us his explanation for the actions he is taking. The lead agency in the state, the Department of Health Services (DHS), is constantly re-assesssing their anti-viral strategies and as they do, new emergency orders and information are rolled out daily.

These orders from Gov. Evers directly and dramatically affect you, your family and the Wisconsin way of life. That’s why your friends at the MacIver Institute have put together a daily brief on Wisconsin’s Coronavirus status. We will be updating this document with new emergency orders as they are released. We will also update the daily status of testing and infection in the state. Make sure to check back here every day to keep up to date.

The MacIver Institute has maintained a detailed record of DHS’ day-to-day Coronavirus data releases. Here is the trend information you’ve been looking for:





Aggregated county and state data on testing and infection rate can be found on our Google Spreadsheet here.

Governor Ever’s Executive and Emergency Orders:

Below is the latest emergency order from the Evers administration, Order #12. The full list of orders and their summaries is available on the MacIver Institute website.

Certain emergency orders are enforceable under Wis. Stat. §252.25. This means that people who violate the order or obstruct the enforcement of the order can be charged with up to 30 days in prison, a maximum fine of $500, or both. Orders where Wis. Stat. §252.25 does apply have been noted at the end of each order summary.

Emergency Order #12 is the state shelter-in-place (“Safer at Home”) order issued on March 24, 2020 by Secretary-Designee Palm. The order demands that all members stay in their homes or residences and bans all non-essential travel of any kind, unless it is to get food, medicine, medical care, or other supplies to maintain quarantine. The order updates Orders #5 and #8 to further ban “all public and private gatherings of any number of people” unless the group lives under one roof. “All for-profit and non-profit businesses” with a physical presence in Wisconsin are banned from operation, with certain exceptions for essential businesses and special circumstances. Please read the Emergency Order in the link above to determine if your work or business is deemed “essential.” The order takes effect at 8:00 AM on March 25, 2020 and ends at 8:00 AM on April 24, 2020 unless a new sunset date is set by a later order. Wis. Stat. §252.25 applies to order violations with a maximum fine of $250, maximum prison sentence of 30 days, or both.

Last updated March 26, 2020.

For information on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the state, head back to the MacIver Institute every day. This piece will be regularly updated with full data sets and a full, ongoing list of the Governor’s emergency Orders.