When the state Supreme Court lifted Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order two weeks ago today (Wednesday), it was not making a declaration of public health.
It was arguing in its 4-3 decision that the governor had reached beyond his authority by indefinitely extending his order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, violating his responsibility to seek approval from the state Legislature through rule-making procedures specified in law.
So why are we acting as if a light switch was flipped on May 13?
Wisconsin’s high court ruling did not make the virus any less virulent, nor did it prevent more outbreaks and flare-ups.
The legal decision reopened Ripon and the rest of the state. While other municipalities and counties subsequently chose to impose their own restrictions, Fond du Lac (179 cases; 5 deaths) and Green Lake (15 cases; 0 deaths) county public health officials have decided that their own data were sufficiently low, and the state was close enough to meeting its own reopening benchmarks, that they would tell the rest of us to return to a new, careful normal, whatever that is.
COVID-19 remains as highly contagious today as it was on April 27 and March 27. While some treatments look promising, distribution of a vaccine to protect us from the mass killer remains months away ...
Read the full story in the May 28, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.