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WI: Judge Upholds Mask Mandate As Coronavirus Cases Surge


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- October 12, 2020

A Wisconsin court Monday upheld a state-wide mask mandate implemented by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers after Republicans challenged the measure, as Wisconsin has become one of the hardest-hit states in the U.S. by new Covid-19 cases.

KEY FACTS

Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman upheld Evers’ emergency order establishing the mask mandate, which was imposed on Sept. 22 and will expire Nov. 21.

The case was brought by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which argued that Evers was acting unlawfully by issuing successive emergency orders focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Waterman said multiple orders are allowed “when the emergency conditions continue to exist,” but the judge did note that the Republican-led Wisconsin state legislature could overturn the mask mandate themselves if they wanted to.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court had previously struck down Evers’ stay at home order in May, but Evers recently imposed 25% capacity restrictions at bars, restaurants and shops as Covid-19 cases in Wisconsin have surged.

BIG NUMBER

150,236. That’s the total number of recorded Covid-19 cases in Wisconsin as of Oct. 11, according to the state’s Department of Health Services, and the state currently has a seven-day average of 2,510 daily cases. Wisconsin is currently experiencing the fourth highest number of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S., according to the New York Times, behind North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.

CRUCIAL QUOTE

“Today’s ruling is a victory in our fight against COVID-19 and our efforts to keep the people of Wisconsin safe and healthy during this unprecedented crisis,” Evers said in a statemennt. “As the number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin reached 150,000 yesterday, we will continue doing everything we can to prevent the spread of this virus.”

KEY BACKGROUND

Mask wearing has become a source of partisan contention amid the Covid-19 pandemic. President Donald Trump and some of his GOP allies have repeatedly eschewed mask wearing and a number of GOP governors have continued to resist imposing statewide mask mandates, even as the face coverings have been shown to significantly reduce Covid-19 transmission. The Wisconsin Republicans’ challenge to Evers’ mask mandate comes as Republicans in a number of other states have challenged similar mask measures, and mandates had already been upheld in court in such areas as Virginia and Jacksonville and Palm Beach County, Florida. A majority-conservative court in Michigan did strike down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mask mandate and other Covid-19 measures, but the state health department then reimplemented the mandate under a different law.


  

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Definitive study establishes conclusively not only that masks don't work, but WHY.
Category: Published Studies: Masks are INEFFECTIVE
curated by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. – http://marilynsingletonmdjd.com/Updated September 26, 2020IntroductionCOVID-19 is as politically-charged as it is infectious. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO, the CDC and NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci discouraged wearing masks as not useful for non-health care workers. Now they recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public setting...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  10/18/2020 
   - October 06, 2020[Open the link above to to view the charts which reveal there is no correlation (or "clear science") behind the use of masks and rates of "infection".] Excerpt:In case it isn’t obvious, these charts fail to show any correlation between mask mandates (which presumably increase the wearing of masks) and reductions in COVID-19 infections. If you l...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  10/07/2020 
   From: https://www.gpadacenter.org/faqs-ada-small-business-and-face-mask-policies- July 10, 2020The ADA and Small Business: Frequently Asked Questions About Face Mask Policies and Serving Customers with Disabilities.The Great Plains ADA Center has received many questions regarding face mask policies and the ADA from the business community. We have collected a summary of these questions and our...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  10/02/2020 
   [Dr. Ted Noel, MD: These studies reaveal the CDC has  "found no evidence that masks had any effect on transmission of airborne diseases, in particular H1N1 flu, which is spread the same way that SARS-CoV-2 is spread. Even when they lumped the fourteen studies together in a 'meta-analysis,' they still struck out." (source)]Volume 26, Number 5—May 2020Policy ReviewN...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  09/29/2020 
   From: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449[Note: this is not a study.  There are no references to any studies. This undated article, often referenced as proof that masks are effective, does not state that cloth masks are effective against the spread of the Coronovirus at all.  It contains obvious contradictions with c...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  09/29/2020 
   From: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html#recent-studiesUpdated July 7, 2020The following are the references provided by the CDC as "Evidence for Effectiveness of Masks" (source)  Each one of these studies are not actually studies using the scientific method, but are instead mathematical or simulated representations of t...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  09/01/2020 
   From: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html- August. 7, 2020CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the vi...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  09/01/2020 
   - August 13, 2020From https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-2671Background:Risk for transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to close contacts of infected persons has not been well estimated.Objective:To evaluate the risk for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to close contacts in different settings.Design:Prospective cohort study.Setting:Close contacts of pe...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  08/20/2020 
   For the PDF version of this report, click here.Executive summary: In the first few months of the pandemic, there was scientific uncertainty about the usefulness of public masking. Conflicting guidance was given by several official sources1–4.There is now convincing evidence from multiple controlled experiments5–7 and field observations8–14 that wearing masks r...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  08/20/2020 
   Download attachment below.This document provides a high-level summary of CDC ' s sequential steps for increasing COVID - 19 surveillance in the U .S ., building on existing influenza and other surveillance systems. The total estimated funding level is $ 100million for year one , of which $ 50million should be available to CDC immediately and the remainder should bemade available within two mon...  READ MORE
- Fielden Nolan (nolanf),  08/15/2020 

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