Governor Tony Evers declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin and has extended the statewide mask mandate until November 21, citing an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases, particularly on college campuses. The order was set to expire on Monday. Evers issued the new public health emergency order even as his authority to issue the mandate is being challenged in court. Since the school year started, the state has seen a surge in cases, especially among 18 to 24-year-olds. Wisconsin is now experiencing unprecedented, near-exponential growth of COVID-19.