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Evers orders bars, restaurants to close, limits gatherings as state confirms 88 cases of COVID-19

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WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- There are 88 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the State of Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday, March 17. 

Here's a look at the breakdown by county: 

  • Dane, 19 
  • Fond du Lac, 11
  • Kenosha, 4
  • Milwaukee, 40
  • Outagamie, 1
  • Pierce, 1
  • Racine, 1
  • Sheboygan, 3
  • Waukesha, 4
  • Winnebago, 3
  • Wood, 1

The state reported 24 cases in Milwaukee County on Tuesday and hours later, Milwaukee County announced 16 additional cases -- bringing the total to 40 in the county. 

Health officials said there has been more than 1,000 negative tests in the state. There is evidence of community spread in Milwaukee, Dane, and Kenosha Counties.

Gov. Tony Evers has ordered a statewide ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people as of 5 p.m., and closed all bars and restaurants except for delivery and pickup orders.

He announced the new limits Tuesday in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Evers also extended the closure of all public and private K-12 schools indefinitely and said he would be talking with legislative leaders on Wednesday about an aid package.

The number of confirmed cases in Wisconsin increased from 47 to 88 in one day, and health officials are warning of shortages in testing equipment.

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