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Members of the Wisconsin National Guard working at a COVID-19 testing site at the United Migrant Opportunity Services building, 2701 S. Chase Ave., in Milwaukee. As the state’s outbreak balloons to one of the nation’s worst, the surge of cases and hospitalizations in northeast Wisconsin is unlike anything the region has experienced since the pandemic began. (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The Wisconsin Hospital Association and a coalition of health care and business organizations have formed a coalition to encourage people to wear masks and take other precautions to check the surge in COVID-19 infections in the state.

“What we know is that masks work,” said Eric Borgerding, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. “And whether it’s through a mandate or through very vigilant use and encouragement of using masks, we know that it works.”

The planned campaign comes at a time