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Milwaukee County leads in COVID-19 deaths as governor requests emergency declaration

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MILWAUKEE -- As of Tuesday, March 31, there were 25 COVID-19 related deaths reported in Wisconsin; Milwaukee County remained in the lead among the state's 72 counties, with 12 deaths. Governor Tony Evers sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tuesday requesting that President Donald Trump issue a major disaster declaration for the entire state of Wisconsin, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alderman Cavalier Johnson

"That's tragic not just for the community, but for those people, and for those families," said Milwaukee Alderman Cavalier Johnson.

As the coronavirus continued to spread across Wisconsin, with 1,413 positive cases as of Tuesday afternoon, the grief felt by families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 was also being felt statewide.

"I think at the same time, too, we have to remain vigilant," said Alderman Johnson. "Stay inside. Shelter in place. Don't leave unless you have to."

Gov. Evers declared a public health emergency on Thursday, March 12 in response to the outbreak, which directed the Department of Health Services to take all necessary and appropriate actions to help combat the spread of the virus. Evers' "Safer at Home" order took effect Wednesday, March 25, as did Mayor Barrett's "Stay at Home" order.

Coronavirus in Milwaukee County

Gov. Evers requests presidential disaster declaration

Gov. Tony Evers

Gov. Tony Evers

"Local governments and state governments are overwhelmed," said Alderman Johnson.

Alderman Johnson said Evers' request to FEMA was a fairly simple one.

"What the governor is asking for is for the president of the United States to implement the Stafford Act, which basically calls for an organized, orderly process for managing this disaster to be led by the federal government," said Alderman Johnson.

This came as state officials were also trying to manage a spike in unemployment claims.

"The governor I know has talked about Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development receiving 60 calls in a second," said Alderman Johnson.

CLICK HERE for more on Gov. Evers request to FEMA.

COVID-19 related deaths in Wisconsin

  • Man in his 50s in Fond Du Lac County: Death confirmed by Gov. Evers on March 19
  • 91-year-old Robert Blackbird at Village Pointe Commons in Grafton in Ozaukee County: Death confirmed by Gov. Evers on March 19

Robert Blackbird

  • 66-year-old Lawrence Riley in Milwaukee County: Death reported by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office (MCMEO) on March 20

Lawrence Riley

  • 69-year-old Lenard Wells in Milwaukee County (retired MPD lieutenant): Death reported by MCMEO on March 21
Lenard Wells

Lenard Wells

  • 54-year-old Roderick Crape in Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 23
Roderick Crape

Roderick Crape

  • Woman in her 70s in Dane County: Death reported by health officials on March 25
  • 60-year-old Ralph Davis in Milwaukee County (MPS employee): Death reported by MCMEO on March 25
  • 57-year-old Sheila Staten in West Allis/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 26
  • 79-year-old Callie Roundtree in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 26
  • 65-year-old Carolyn Johnson in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 26
  • 69-year-old Tommie Lee Loving in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County (at VA Hospital): Death reported by the MCMEO on March 26
  • Patient/age unknown in Iron County: Death reported on March 26
  • 82-year-old Gail Kutz at Village Pointe Commons in Ozaukee County: Death reported by Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department on March 27
Gail Kutz

Gail Kutz

  • 87-year-old Kenneth Going at Village Pointe Commons in Ozaukee County: Death reported by Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department on March 27
Kenneth Going

Kenneth Going

    • Patient/age unknown in Sauk County: Death reported by Department of Health Services on March 27
    • 55-year-old Nola Boyd in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 27
    • Patient/age unknown in Waupaca County: Death reported by Waupaca County health officials on March 28
    • 71-year-old Robert Jackson in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 29
    • Patient in 50s in Washington County (Waukesha County employee): Death reported by Washington County health officials on March 29
    • Man/age unknown in Fond du Lac County: Death reported by Fond du Lac County health officials on March 30
    • Patient/age unknown in Ozaukee County: Death reported by Washington Ozaukee Health officials on March 30
    • Patient/age unknown in Ozaukee County: Death reported by Washington Ozaukee Health officials on March 30
    • Patient/age unknown in Dane County: Death reported by Dane County health officials on March 30
    • 72-year-old man in Milwaukee in Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 31
    • 85-year-old woman from Pewaukee who died in Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 31
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