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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #112 (7-22-20) 

Updated numbers from Wednesday July 22nd, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services released the following updated numbers for Wednesday July 22nd, 2020:  

  • Cumulatively there have been 809,477 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 44,847 positive tests and 764,630 negative tests in Wisconsin (5.5 % positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Wednesday there were 712 positive tests reported on 14,068 tests (4.8% positive rate Wednesday)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 865 in Wisconsin.
      • There were 6 deaths reported on Wednesday
  • 34,682 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (77%), 9,285 cases are still considered active (21%) and 865 patients have died (2%). (last updated by DHS on 7/22)

 

Sources: 

DHS COVID-19: County Data; https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm

Gov. Evers Announces Additional Cuts to State Spending Due to COVID-19

Governor Tony Evers today announced he has directed the Department of Administration (DOA) to work with state agencies to identify $250 million in cost savings for the current fiscal year (FY20-21).

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our nation, state, communities, businesses, and families,” said Gov. Evers. “All state and local governments are now experiencing the difficult balance of providing vital services to residents in crisis while also managing tough fiscal realities. While I am still hopeful that the federal government will adopt further bipartisan proposals to stabilize funding for state and local services, in the face of continued inaction and uncertainty, the unfortunate reality is that we must take these steps and make more significant cuts.”

Earlier this summer, Gov. Evers directed state agencies to cut $70 million in FY 19-20. UW System made up nearly $41 million of that reduction in spending.

DOA and state agencies will follow the same “North Star Values” in identifying cost savings, as was done in the previous reduction effort. Those values are:

  • Our primary responsibility is to provide Wisconsin residents relevant, quality, and timely services;
  • Public service means making sure Wisconsinites’ hard-earned tax dollars are invested in ways that benefit their communities. It is also about being deeply knowledgeable and aware of the complicated ways in which state government, local governments, and individuals are interconnected financially (directly or indirectly);
  • Transparency and accountability to both the Wisconsin public and state employees requires that we communicate prompt and useful information to stakeholders regarding budget reduction activities; and
  • Humility, creative problem solving, service, flexibility, truth and patience: those are the values that will help us navigate the difficult fiscal road ahead.

UW System President Tommy Thompson released the following statement regarding the Governor’s new proposed round of spending cuts;

“Our universities are doing everything we can to provide in-person classes safely this fall and reductions in state support for the UW System are an obstacle to that work. In addition to providing invaluable educational opportunity, our universities are critical to every regional economy in Wisconsin. We are a vital economic engine and one of the state’s largest employers. The UW System has already borne a disproportionate share of state cuts to date. I am working with the Governor’s office to manage these further cuts, as well as to secure the resources we need to ensure our classrooms and university communities are safe this fall. We have a compelling case, and I believe the Governor will be helpful.”

Link to the Governor’s press release

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 Lake Geneva
    • 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 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:

 

Updated Charts

 

Note there are no hospitalization updates today because the Wisconsin Hospital Association is updating their dashboard to accommodate federal data collection changes.

See below.

Daily Numbers:

Cumulative Numbers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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