(Madison) The Wisconsin Department of Health reporting Saturday that the number of statewide COVID-19 cases has increased by 200 with 2,112 now confirmed. Of those cases, 588 people required hospitalization, which is 28-percent. There were 19 more deaths reported by the state during the daily update with the official state number now at 56. To date, 23,859 Wisconsinites have been tested and were found not to have coronavirus, including 313 Dodge County residents. The number of positive cases in Dodge County has not increased since Friday. Fond du Lac County increased by six to 36 positive tests, with two deaths. Jefferson County also did not see any day-to-day increases. Washington County is up three to 55. Health officials in Columbia County are still reporting 19 positive cases, as they did on Friday. There are no cases officially being reported in Green Lake County but 52 people there have been tested and found to not have the virus.
At the capital Saturday, the special session that Governor Tony Evers called to postpone Tuesday’s election and make it mail-in balloting only ended quickly. Assembly and Senate leaders gaveled-in and gaveled-out, moving the hearing to Monday (April 6th).Evers says Republican Legislatures are playing politics with public safety and ignoring the urgency of this public health crises.
Meanwhile, Governor Evers announced Saturday that Wisconsin has been granted a major disaster declaration due to the coronavirus pandemic. The declaration provides the state access to public assistance programs for all 72 counties and Wisconsin’s federally recognized tribes. Evers says he is grateful for the swift action of the federal government in reviewing the state’s request. He adds that the assistance will help ensure Wisconsin can gain access to critical support as the state continues to respond to this pandemic. Local governments in the declared counties are now eligible for federal assistance and should contact county emergency management directors for further information. FEMA provides 75-percent of eligible costs, while the remaining 25-percent is the responsibility of state and local agencies