4-8-20 coronavirus death toll rises in wi

The number of deaths from the coronavirus in Wisconsin increased by 15 as reported Tuesday as voters were casting ballots in person at the polls statewide, despite an order to stay at home to avoid spreading the highly contagious disease.   The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported that deaths increased from 77 on Monday to 92 on Tuesday. The overall number of confirmed cases rose from 2,440 to 2,578.   There are now 48 positive cases in  Fond du Lac County.    The numbers come as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers was urging people to be as safe as they can when voting. Evers said he was “overwhelmed by the bravery, resilience, and heroism of those who are defending our democracy” by voting and working at the polls.   People in Milwaukee were waiting hours to vote, while turnout was lower in other parts of the state. Many voters wore face masks and gloves, while poll workers were taking even more steps to keep voting as safe as it could be.   There were shortages of workers due to many being afraid to work because of the virus. National Guard troops weer dispatched to help fill in gaps.