‘They are loved and missed by many’: Gov. Evers to dedicate State of the State address to those killed by COVID-19

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Morry Gash

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers says he will dedicate his 2021 State of the State address to the more than 5,000 Wisconsinites who have died from COVID-19.

Evers’ office shared excerpts from his Tuesday night address in the hours leading up to the speech.

“They were firefighters, healthcare workers, nuns, educators, entrepreneurs, community pillars, students, veterans, volunteers, bird watchers, card players, and Packers, Brewers, and Bucks fans,” Evers will say tonight. “They were moms and dads, brothers and sisters, friends, and coworkers, and they are loved and missed by many.”

Evers will also address the challenges faced by many Wisconsinites and the state as a whole in the last year.

“When I delivered my last state of the state address, no one could have predicted the rest of the year would go quite like it did. What we now know about 2020 is that it was among the most unrelenting years many of us have ever experienced,” Evers is expected to say.

The governor is expected to highlight the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the year ahead.

“I do not underestimate the challenges that this new year may bring, or the grief we’re still grappling with, the ramifications we’ve yet to fully realize, the new problems that may arise still this year,” excerpts of Evers’ speech say, “But as sure as we will face struggles, we will take them on together.”

Evers’ address will be live streamed on Channel3000.com and Channel3000+ streaming apps starting at 7 p.m. tonight. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is scheduled to give the Republican response after the governor’s speech.