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Healthcare Workers Support Mask Mandate

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Madison nurse Kate Walton speaks about the importance of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, at a news conference outside the state Capitol Thursday urging lawmakers not to override Gov. Tony Evers’ mask order. Photo by Erik Gunn/Wisconsin Examiner. Frustrated at threats from Republican lawmakers to overturn Wisconsin’s statewide mask mandate aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, a group of health care workers and supporters told reporters on the steps of the state Capitol on Thursday that the Legislature should set other priorities.

The Thursday press conference was organized by nurses and the Services Employees International Union’s SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin division. It was in response to statements this week by Republican legislative leaders and lawmakers calling for an extraordinary session to overturn both the new Health Emergency order signed by Gov. Tony Evers as well as the mandatory mask requirement the governor instituted effective Saturday, Aug. 1.

“For months we’ve been calling and emailing our elected leaders to tell them what we need and to ask them to vote on the Healthcare Heroes Act,” said Tami Burns , a Madison nurse. That proposal , unveiled in June by Democrats in the Legislature, would require paid sick leave […]

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