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Wisconsin declares new public health emergency after surge in coronavirus cases among young people

September 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 19: Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers waits to speak in the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 19, 2020. Wednesday marked the third day of the Democratic National Convention, which is being held virtually for the first time in history. (Photo by Melina Mara/Pool/The Washington Post)

Wisconsin will continue to require people to wear face masks indoors after the state saw a surge of new Covid-19 cases.

(CNN)Wisconsin will continue to require people to wear face masks indoors after the state saw a surge of new Covid-19 cases.

The order is effective immediately, according to the governor's office, and is due to steeply rising cases, particularly among people between the ages of 18 and 24.

"We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that we are facing a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin," said Evers in a news release.

"We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus.

Wisconsin is experiencing "unprecedented, near-exponential growth" of the virus, according to the release, with the daily number of new cases rising from 678 at the end of August to 1,791 on Monday.

That increase has been driven in part by the unprecedented number of infections among 18- to 24-year-olds, who have a case rate five times higher than other age groups, the governor's office said.

Masks were already required in the state, following a similar order made in July and set to expire on September 28.

Though new cases slowed in August, the statement says, the reopening of schools has caused another jump.

This order attempts to address that rise, by lengthening the mask requirement for another 60 days or until another order is issued.

The new executive order would require anyone age five and older to wear a face covering when indoors or in an enclosed space other than a private residence.

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