There were 3,747 new cases reported Thursday, breaking the record of 3,279 set on Tuesday. All Midwest and Northeast states have reported more cases in the past four weeks than in the prior four weeks, with the number of new cases doubling in states like Wisconsin, South Dakota and New Hampshire.
Gov. Tony Evers last week issued an order limiting capacity at many indoor places, including bars and restaurants.
The United States reported 60,000 new infections on Wednesday, the highest since 14 August, with rising cases in every region, especially the Midwest.
"Unfortunately, the world has changed dramatically around us, and all good things must come to an end", Rockhound Brewing owner and brewmaster Nate Warnke said in a video Thursday morning. A judge earlier this week blocked that order in response to a lawsuit filed by the Tavern League of Wisconsin.
Both lawsuits argue that Evers exceeded his authority with the orders. They say the limits need legislative approval.
As he has done since the pandemic began, Evers urged Republicans fighting him in court and everyone in the state to take the virus seriously and to work together to curb the spread.
Evers is now putting money behind his criticism, with his first television ad released during the pandemic. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is running for re-election and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is running for Congress in an open seat. "He has not approached the legislature with any proposal that he wants to see acted on, instead relying on unilateral administrative actions that he knows violate state law, and have failed to make a meaningful difference in combating the public health crisis".
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will return to the campaign trail on Friday with visits to three battleground states, a day after the two contenders clashed from afar during dueling televised town halls. Trump was scheduled to hold a rally Saturday in Janesville. Two weeks later, that had doubled and it is now 2,927, Palm said.
Meanwhile, Rock and Chippewa counties are among those asking people who test positive for COVID-19 assist with contact tracing efforts. The positive test rate tops 30% in South Dakota and 20% in Idaho and Wisconsin.