Gov. Tony Evers’ public health emergency declaration ended Monday. Evers declared the new coronavirus a public health emergency on March 12. The declaration lasts 60 days unless it’s extended by the state legislature.
Ryan Nilsestuen, the governor’s chief legal counsel, said the public health emergency declaration allows local governments to seek reimbursement from the state for fighting the pandemic. “That funding source is no longer available, so we’re looking at alternative options on how to make sure that local governments can continue to combat COVID-19,” Nilsestuen said.