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Rep. Jimmy Anderson, a Fitchburg Democrat who has only 20% to 30% lung capacity because he’s paralyzed from the chest down, told Up North News last week, "As someone with significant lung issues, a respiratory illness like COVID-19 could easily kill me." He called the lack of a mask mandate “irresponsible.”

State Rep. Ted Ohnstad, D-Kenosha, is currently suffering from COVID-19 (although his symptoms so far have been mild) and his quarantine won’t be over until at least Jan. 6, meaning — if he can’t participate virtually — he will be unable to participate in a few perfunctory votes, including the setting of the schedule and election of assembly speaker scheduled for Jan. 4.

Should his symptoms worsen or last longer than expected, he doesn't know what he'll be able to do to represent his constituents should virtual participation continue to be banned.

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