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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announces initial plans for #SaferAtHome order

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Taking to social media, Wis. Gov. Tony Evers announced the state will issue a #SaferAtHome order Tuesday.

“As we’ve worked to respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’ve have been careful to listen to public health experts and to be mindful of the effects our proactive steps could and will have on our frontline workers and the most vulnerable in our communities,” Evers said.

He suggested the state needed an ‘all-hands-on-deck approach’ to slow the growth of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

“I know this has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state,” Evers said. “That’s why issuing a #SaferAtHome order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do, and it’s not something I take lightly. But here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously.”

Evers said people across the state are still out and about unnecessarily putting friends, neighbors and communities at risk. He said it is important for people to limit their interactions to the same people meaning no dinner parties, sleepovers or playdates.

“We’re all in this together, and each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can #FlattenTheCurve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work,” Evers said.

The Governor said people can still get outside for exercise or to walk the dog, but urged residents to not take other unnecessary trips and limit travel to essential needs like going to the doctor, getting groceries, or picking up medication.

Evers said workers providing essential care or services will be allowed to continue to travel to and from work.

Additional details will be released shortly.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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