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1009, 22 Sep 20

Evers Extends Illegal Mask Mandate

And here it is

MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers issued a new public health emergency on Tuesday to extend the statewide mask mandate by 60 days as cases of coronavirus accelerate around the state.

The move comes after infections among college-aged adults have skyrocketed now that campuses are open for the fall semester.

Overall, the state is seeing some of the highest rates of infection in the country. Nearly 7,000 positive tests were reported Thursday, Friday and Saturday — the most reported over any three-day period in Wisconsin. On Friday, a single-day record of 2,533 new cases was reported.


Evers issued the first health emergency in March and the second in July. That order expires on Monday and Republican legislative leaders haven’t said whether they will extend it and have made no moves to do so. Once it expires, so does the statewide mask mandate. The new mandate extends to Nov. 21.

Whither the GOP?


1009, 22 September 2020


  1. penquin

    Whither the GOP?

    You really don’t know? Thought it was common knowledge how they are  refusing to end their recess, even during this time of crisis.

    Have you contacted your State Rep and/or State Senator to ask them why they won’t repeal the Governor’s mandate? If so, what was the response?

  2. jonnyv

    I love this…
    1. Masks DO help prevent the casual spread of this. Of course some people think that the masks make them Superman and they are the end all be all. And we know this is not true.

    2. Republicans tend to be anti-mask. I mean, go back and look at Owen’s post on Sturges. That didn’t age too well now in hindsight. Way to go fools.

    3. Reckless college students are now some of the highest spreaders of this because they are NOT taking precautions. And the big bump from Labor Day celebrations.

    Now because idiots are not taking this seriously some on the right think that is a reason to remove the mask mandate completely.

    If you want to make the argument that the mandate is now invalid because it has gone on longer than legally allowable. Fine, make that argument. And look to your GOP for not fighting it. But they are too gutless to actually take a stand on this, and everyone knows it.

  3. Mar

    Wait. If there is a mask mandate but yet there is a significant increase in cases, something tells me masks do not work.
    JonnyV, what evidence do you have that your typical bandana or light blue mask actually works. No theories please.
    If it is college kids are causing the problem, why not target those areas instead of the whole state?

  4. Randall Flagg

    People are not following the mandate Mar and others are not wearing the masks properly.  So, masks do work, but just like with condoms, only if you wear one and do so correclty.

  5. Mar

    Show me the evidence, show me the studies.
    They may have theories that they may work, but no actual evidence.p

  6. Randall Flagg

    Lots of studies out there Mar.  A good one to start with is the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation meta-analysis of mask studies from the United States, China and Germany.

  7. Jason

    Hey Mar, I just saw Dr Ben Weston state as a fact “We’re coming into the colder months when Covid-19 typically spreads more rapidly”…   W.T.F?



  8. dad29


    There were 3 influenza pandemics in the 20th century, and there has been 1 so far in the 21st century. Local, national, and international health authorities regularly update their plans for mitigating the next influenza pandemic in light of the latest available evidence on the effectiveness of various control measures in reducing transmission. Here, we review the evidence base on the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical personal protective measures and environmental hygiene measures in nonhealthcare settings and discuss their potential inclusion in pandemic plans. Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza. We similarly found limited evidence on the effectiveness of improved hygiene and environmental cleaning. We identified several major knowledge gaps requiring further research, most fundamentally an improved characterization of the modes of person-to-person transmission.  –CDC, May 2020

    That’s one.

    We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities of-fers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authori-ties define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sus-tained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 min-utes or even 30 minutes).  –NEJM, May 2020

    That’s two.  The sky is not falling, JonnyV.  Keep your kid home from school, wrap up tight when you go out into the cold, cruel, world.

    As to the Pubbies:  met an old friend who now serves in the Legislature one day and asked him when the Hell Vos was going to shut down the LAST “mandate”.  He replied that Vos had basically declared victory and stayed home–victory being the serious unrest and dislike Evers had gained for himself and the other ninny-nannies.  So don’t expect Vos to do anything.  He still thinks he’s “won” in some very odd fashion.

  9. Randall Flagg

    Will be interesting to see what happens when this gets to the WI Supreme Court in light of the change on the court since the last decision.

  10. Merlin

    Not a big fan of Robin Vos, but the simple explanation is that his caucus doesn’t have the votes necessary to slap Evers around over mask mandates and he’s decided not to burn political capital every time our clusterfuck of a governor colors outside the lines. As much as some might like to see a flamethrower directed at everything Democrat, economy of resources is still a necessity. Evers has more, and worse, to offer than mask mandates.

  11. jjf

    Wow, so many “not a fan of Vos” around here.  So who’s voting for him, who’s refilling the WisGOP campaign checkbook and who is handing it to him?  Is no WisGOP voter responsible for Vos?

  12. Jason

    Wow, shows how shitty your ilk’s candidates are that we have to hold our noses to vote for Vos. And you sit there and celebrate your failure like its a grand thing dumbass.

  13. MjM

    “On Friday, a single-day record of 2,533 new cases was reported.“

    WDHS then reported 287 new cases on Saturday, 188 on Sunday, and a whopping 138 yesterday.

    They would be rigging the numbers for any reason, would they?


  14. Mike

    “Will be interesting to see what happens when this gets to the WI Supreme Court in light of the change on the court since the last decision.”

    The last decision set a precedent that extending the mandate is unconstitutional. This is now the law. Since Evers is willfully flaunting the law and the court we should see criminal prosecution for his actions. We don’t need the republicans to vote on anything, we need a state AG or DA to enforce the law.

    Courts generally take a very dim view of actions that ignore their decisions. Even the newest member of the court should understand that letting someone get away with flaunting court decisions sets a terrible precedent.

  15. dad29

    The last decision set a precedent that extending the mandate is unconstitutional.

    Yah, and that’s why Tin-Pot Tony created a NEW order, not an extension.  He figures Vos is still hiding in his closet someplace.

  16. jjf

    MjM, tell us how they’d “rig” it.

    Jason, you’re learning!  How did Vos hold on to his district?

  17. Jason

    >How did Vos hold on to his district?

    I know you already have decided and anything I say will be in direct opposition with your ingrained bias.  PASS!

  18. jjf

    Let me guess.  He held it because the Dems didn’t put up a popular-enough contender.

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