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Gov. Evers issues new order extending mask requirement

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers today is issuing a new public health emergency through January and is issuing Emergency Order #1 again requiring face masks in public places.

The current order and statewide mask mandate were set to expire on Saturday.

Last week, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in a case seeking to strike down Evers' ability to issue new emergency orders.

He also called on Wisconsin Republicans to withdraw a lawsuit in the Supreme Court which fights the governor's ability to issue new orders like the mask order.

The court has yet to make a ruling, but if the court rules the governor's emergency order is unlawful, it could force the governor to work with lawmakers on how to address the pandemic going forward.

The state's seven-day positivity count is at 6,563. Just one month ago that number was 2,839, according to DHS Secretary-nominee Andrea Palm.

Check back for more on this breaking news story.

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WQOW contributed to this report.

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