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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #111 (7-21-20) 

Updated numbers from Tuesday July 21st, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association released the following updated numbers for Tuesday 21st, 2020:

  • 354 Current Hospital Admissions (101 patients in ICU)
    • On Tuesday, the total number of hospital admissions reported decreased by 13 since Monday (-13).
    • The total number of ICU patients decreased by 9 (-9) since Monday.
  • Cumulatively there have been 794,697 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 44,135 positive tests and 750,562 negative tests in Wisconsin (5.6 % positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Tuesday there were 1,117 positive tests reported on 14,488 tests (7.7% positive rate Tuesday)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 859 in Wisconsin.
      • There were 13 deaths reported on Tuesday
  • 33,902 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (77%), 9,369 cases are still considered active (21%) and 859 patients have died (2%). (last updated by DHS on 7/21)



Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) COVID-19 Situational Awareness Update site
DHS COVID-19: County Data;

State of Wisconsin COVID-19 Media Briefing

Division of Public Health Interim Administrator at the Department of Health Services Stephanie Smiley and Wisconsin National Guard Adjutant General Paul Knapp held a media briefing on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of note in the briefing were:

  • Wisconsin set a new record for the number of positive test results reported in one day, 1,117. The seven day average is now 890 positive tests per day, up from 764/week a week ago.
  • According to the briefing a higher percentage of young people are testing positive.
  • Of those who tested positive, the number of people they have been in contact with is higher than individuals who have testified positive in the past, making it difficult for the contact tracers to alert.
  • Social gatherings continue to drive the increase in numbers according to information gathered by contact tracers.

The briefing can be watched here;

Mask Ordinances:

This list is constantly changing and we will effort to make sure it remains up to date and current. New additions will be bold & red.

Here are the communities with current community-wide mask ordinances:

Resolutions/Advisories in support of mask wearing:

Ordinances/Requirements for public/government buildings:

Mask ordinances actively being debated or considered:

  • City of Green Bay
    • Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich introduced a proposed ordinance today that  would require residents to wear face coverings inside buildings accessible to the public — excluding gyms — but wouldn’t have to wear them outside. Children younger than 5 and people who can’t wear masks for medical reasons would be exempt from the mandate. The proposal will be taken up by the City Council tonight (Tuesday)
  • City of Lake Geneva (on July 21st Finance, Licensure and Regulation Committee)
    • Note on 5/28 the city council voted against a mask mandate. The issue is being reconsidered after a petition was circulated by residents and garnered 1,400 signatures.
  • City of Racine
    • A mask ordinance proposal is on the city council agenda tonight (Tuesday) and could go into effect on Monday, July 27th.
  • City of Superior
  • City of Wauwatosa (on July 28th Council Agenda)
  • Walworth County
    • On July 22nd, the Walworth County Health and Human Services Committee will be meeting. There is a petition signed by 1,665 opposed to a mask ordinance that opponents say will be discussed at the meeting, however there is not a specific discussion related to masks on the agenda. In the board packet, Walworth County Public health says the following; “At this time, Public Health is supportive of the use of face coverings, especially when physical distancing is not possible, but is not proposing or exploring mask mandates.”
  • Washburn County
    • Considering a mandate

Mask ordinances that have failed to move forward:

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