Evers seeks disaster declaration as unemployment grows

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has asked President Donald Trump to issue a major disaster declaration for the state of Wisconsin due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The request Tuesday came as Evers announced the opening of voluntary isolation centers in Madison and Milwaukee.

State unemployment claims also hit a daily high.

And the state's health secretary warned lawmakers that Medicaid enrollments were going to increase dramatically.

Evers said he hoped the emergency declaration would allow the state to access critical programs to support the state's response.

Wisconsin has more than 1,350 confirmed cases and at least 25 deaths.

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