MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers plans to livestream an address on the coronavirus pandemic in Wisconsin Tuesday evening.
The address, to be streamed on the governor's Facebook and YouTube pages at 6:05 p.m., comes after the state Department of Health Services reported 4,360 new confirmed infections Monday.
That's up from 4,280 on Sunday but still dramatically fewer than the record 7,065 cases recorded Saturday. COVID-19 was a factor in an additional 17 deaths.
The state has now seen 271,770 cases and 2,329 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began. As of Sunday the state ranked fourth in the nation in per capita cases over the last two weeks with 69,244 cases per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported that as of Monday afternoon 2,003 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, a new record. The state has set a new record for the number of hospitalizations every day since Nov. 2.
Since the pandemic began, Evers has issued a series of executive orders, sparking a flurry of legal challenges from Republicans and their allies.
The Democratic governor issued a stay-at-home order in March only to see the conservative-leaning state Supreme Court strike it down in May. He issued an order in early October limiting the size of public indoor gatherings, but a state appeals court blocked it weeks later. In July he handed down a statewide mask mandate and in September extended the order through Nov. 21. The state Supreme Court is considering whether to strike that down as well; oral arguments are set for Monday.