The Latest: Evers orders end to evictions, foreclosures


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Gov. Tony Evers on Friday ordered the temporary suspension of all evictions and foreclosures due to the COVID-19 pandemic to help people suffering from a loss of income during this time.

The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for any reason, with some caveats. Evictions can proceed if not doing so will put a person in immediate threat of physical harm.

Evers also barred mortgage lenders from proceeding with a civil action to foreclose on real estate for 60 days.

Evers said the order in no way relieves a person from the obligation to pay their rent or mortgage.

Evers called victims and foreclosures a “direct and serious threat to the health and well-being of Wisconsinites.”


10:45 a.m.

Health officials say two more people at a senior care facility in Ozaukee County have died after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The two were residents of Village Pointe Commons in Grafton where a 91-year-old man died a week ago after contracting COVID-19.

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department did not provide any additional information about the two deaths at Village Pointe, where members of the National Guard are helping with staffing.

Statewide, 14 people have died from the virus and more than 700 have tested positive.


8:55 a.m.

Two inmates in the Dane County Jail in Madison have tested positive for COVID-19 and results are pending on another six inmates who are in isolation.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday night that all of the inmates were tested after they had fevers. The sheriff’s office said nine more inmates who had contact with some of the eight have been removed from the general population as a precaution but none of them had symptoms.

There are four confirmed cases among workers at prisons in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections state system. The state halted new prison admissions on Monday, sending inmates to county jails instead.

Statewide, 12 people have died from the virus and more than 700 have tested positive.

6 a.m.

The number of deaths due to the coronavirus outbreak continues to climb in Wisconsin.

Four deaths were reported Thursday, including three in Milwaukee County, bringing the state’s total to 12.

The medical examiner’s office says one was a 79-year-old Milwaukee woman who had been hospitalized since March 16.

Another Milwaukee woman, age 65, hospitalized since March 21 died Thursday afternoon. A 69-year-old man died Thursday night.

The Journal Sentinel reports the fourth death is in Iron County, the first case for the northern Wisconsin county.

The number of confirmed cases continues to climb steadily to more than 700 Thursday.