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Wisconsin breaks single-day records for COVID-19 deaths, cases

Wisconsin on Tuesday reached a new state record for the number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day with 3,279 reported infections, according to the state’s department of health.  

Tuesday’s numbers surpass Wisconsin’s previous single-day record increase of 3,132 cases on Oct. 8. 

There were also 34 new deaths on Tuesday, hitting a record for the state's largest single-day increase in deaths, up from its previous high of 27 on Sept. 30. 

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The health department has now recorded a total of 155,471 total confirmed infections since COVID-19 first hit the state, with 1,508 people dead as a result of the virus. 

As of Tuesday, 8,601 people in Wisconsin had been hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, with 147 new hospitalizations reported on Tuesday. 

The rising number of infections in the Midwestern state has led Gov. Tony EversTony EversWisconsin reports record number of COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases Biden up 17 points in new Wisconsin poll College town mayors 'humbly request' Big Ten help combat spread of COVID-19 MORE (D) to reimpose restrictions on businesses and other activities, leading to pushback from Wisconsin Republicans. 

On Monday, a Wisconsin judge ruled in favor of Evers continuing enforcement of the state’s mandatory mask mandate after the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, backed by the state's GOP-controlled legislature, argued that the governor overstepped his executive authority by issuing multiple emergency orders to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rick Esenberg, the group's president, said they would appeal the decision after it was announced Monday, calling the issue a "critical constitutional matter." 

Evers had implemented a 60-day public health emergency in March and renewed the order in July after the legislature did not extend it. The July order required all residents to wear a mask when indoors in public. An order last month extended the mandate to Nov. 21 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state and implemented a $200 fine for those who do not comply. 

After Wisconsin hit the Oct. 8 single-day increase record, Evers issued a tweet calling on residents to “get back to the basics in fighting this virus” and to “stay home, limit gatherings and travel, and wear a mask whenever you go out so we can flatten the curve and get back on track.”