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Mar 31, 2021 at 01:10 PM
MASK MANDATE STRUCK DOWN; COUNTY'S RESPONSE - UPDATED 4/1/21

4/1/2021:

PRICE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH'S RESPONSE TO MASK MANDATE BEING OVERTURNED

Price County Public Health continues to promote COVID-19 safety recommendations. Despite the mask mandate being overturned, the health department stated, "This does not change how the virus is spread and what we can do to help slow down the spread and prevent further infections.
Price County Public Health, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, continues to recommend the wearing of masks in public spaces, enclosed spaces, or anytime there is close contact to another person, outside of your immediate household, as an important tool to slow the spread of COVID-19."

The health department added that Price County has been moving in the right direction. The cases in the county have been trending down, though there has been a recent uptick in positive cases. The number of identified cases of the variants in Wisconsin is increasing.

As of March 31, 31.2% of Price County residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 19.1% of residents are fully vaccinated. By next week, anyone age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Public Heath stated, "Now is not the time to end the precautions that we have been taking," and suggested to continue to follow the following measures:

• Wearing a mask
• Physically distancing
• Avoiding crowds
• Washing your hands often
• Covering your coughs and sneezes
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
• Monitoring your health
• Staying home when sick

To keep residents and employees safe, Price County will continue to ask the public to call ahead to make an appointment to conduct business with any county department. Face coverings will continue to be required for anyone visiting any of the Price County government buildings.

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3/31/2021:

MASK MANDATE STRUCK DOWN BY WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT

Governor Evers' most recent "mask mandate" was set to expire on April 5, 2021. However, by a 4 to 3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down the order in a decision on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

The ruling finds that two of Governor Evers' executive orders exceeded his authority when issuing successive public health emergencies. State law requires that a state of emergency shall not exceed sixty days "unless the state of emergency is extended by joint resolution of the legislature."

“The question in this case is not whether the Governor acted wisely; it is whether he acted lawfully. We conclude he did not,” Justice Brian Hagedorn stated.

Th decision states, “Wisconsin Statute § 323.10 specifies that no state of emergency may last longer than 60 days unless it ‘is extended by joint resolution of the legislature,’ and that the legislature may cut short a state of emergency by joint resolution. The statute contemplates that the power to end and to refuse to extend a state of emergency resides with the legislature even when the underlying occurrence creating the emergency remains a threat. Pursuant to this straightforward statutory language, the governor may not deploy his emergency powers by issuing new states of emergency for the same statutory occurrence.”

Therefore, it was found that "the governor is subject to the time limits explicitly prescribed by statue."

Not long after the decision was delivered, Governor Evers reminded Wisconsinites to wear a mask to help save lives. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, I’ve worked to keep Wisconsinites healthy and safe, and I’ve trusted the science and public health experts to guide our decision making. Our fight against COVID-19 isn’t over. While we work to get folks vaccinated as quickly as we can, we know wearing a mask saves lives, and we still need Wisconsinites to mask up so we can beat this virus and bounce back from this pandemic,” Governor Evers stated.

This ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court does not impact those orders that fall under the federal governments' authority, local ordinances, or individual business mask requirements, which all stay in effect.

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[Edited by My Price County on Apr 01, 2021 at 04:46 PM]




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