The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s conservative majority has struck down a stay-at-home order issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, limiting the governor’s rulemaking ability during the coronavirus pandemic. Major cities including Madison and Milwaukee say their local stay-at-home orders will remain in place.
Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell issued a dire warning on Wednesday that the U.S. could witness a painful multiyear recession if Congress and the White House do not authorize additional aid soon.
Here are some significant developments:
- A rapid-response coronavirus test hailed by President Trump missed a third of the infections that were identified by a rival company, according to a preliminary New York University study.
- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the state’s highest court to block voters from using fears of covid-19 as a reason for obtaining an absentee ballot. Paxton also issued a warning to the mayors of San Antonio and Austin on Wednesday, telling them not to enforce local health orders aside from those that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has mandated statewide.
- Speaking at an ordinary volume can produce small respiratory droplets that stay in the air for at least eight minutes, possibly explaining why so many clusters are found at conferences and other confined spaces.
- At least 16 states have reported cases of children contracting a severe inflammatory illness that could be linked to the coronavirus.
- Starbucks told its corporate landlords it “will require” rent breaks for at least a year after temporarily shuttering many of its stores.