Madison mayor supports extended 'Safer at Home' order

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway at a press conference on Oct. 23.
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway at a press conference on Oct. 23.(NBC15)
Published: Apr. 16, 2020 at 3:41 PM CDT
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Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway says she thanks Gov. Evers for his "strong stance" against the coronavirus after the governor

In a statement on Thursday, Mayor Rhodes-Conway said that Madison and the state of Wisconsin must continue to take extra precautions until a vaccine is produced for the coronavirus, which is expected to be released to the public sometime next winter.

"Even if the summer results in a decrease in the levels of illness, the CDC is predicting that a vaccine will not be available for a year or more. Future waves of illness will happen if we do not continue to take a science and evidence based response to this illness," according to Rhodes-Conway.

The mayor called for more testing capacity, PPE supplies, and the ability to quarantine more patients to halt the spread of COVID-19 - all measures Gov. Tony Evers also called for during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, there are 350 confirmed cases in Dane County and 16 deaths related to the virus,

Over 6,700 tests have been administered so far.