As Wisconsin draws closer to two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide toll nears 10,000 deaths, Gov. Tony Evers has said additional federal resources – mostly in the form of staff – to get the increase in cases under control.
During an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal, Evers also said he was hopeful that the next 10-year political maps of the state will move away from current legislative and congressional boundaries, which Republicans have. traced in secret in 2011 and are considered to be one of the most gerrymandered in the nation.
Earlier this month, Evers submitted a new map proposal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, after the court ruled that new boundaries must be drawn with minimal changes to existing maps – a decision that abandoned its proposals. of maps drawn by a citizens’ commission that he created.
As COVID-19 rises again in Wisconsin, overworked hospitals have canceled procedures and turned away patients to handle the influx of coronavirus infections. Evers announced last week that a team of 20 members of the US Navy has been drafted to help Bellin Hospital in Green Bay treat patients with COVID-19.
“We’re going to have to rely on the federal government to provide us with more resources and frankly, especially human resources,” Evers said. “I can’t imagine that we have a lot (of nurses) or doctors sitting on the fence waiting to be asked to intervene, I think it has happened. We need help from our friends in Washington, DC “