Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday issued a new statewide public health emergency and face mask requirement.
The order continues through March 20 and, with some exceptions, requires everyone age 5 and older to wear a mask indoors when they’re around people who they don’t live with.
The order comes amid heightened concerns over a new, more easily transmissible strain of COVID-19.
There were some indications Tuesday that the state is turning the corner on the pandemic. The Department of Health Services reported the 7-day average of new, confirmed cases is below 2,000.
DHS did report 42 more deaths related to the virus, bringing the total to 5,512.