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Evers issues new health emergency, mask mandate countering Republican’s repeal

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MADISON (WQOW) - Just an hour after the Wisconsin Assembly voted to repeal the state's mask mandate, Gov. Tony Evers has issued a new executive order and emergency order putting the mask mandate back into effect.

The Assembly vote Thursday came a week after the Senate also voted to kill the resolution.

Wisconsin was set to be one of only 10 states without a mask mandate.

"Every step of the way, our statewide strategies to contain this virus and prevent the spread have been met with lawsuits, political rhetoric, and obstruction," Evers said in a video message. "Unfortunately, that happened again today when Republicans in the Legislature came in to vote down our state’s public health emergency and end requiring face coverings in public places."

The orders from the governor take effect immediately.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Stay with News 18 for the latest.

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