DHS released updated numbers this afternoon;
- The number of positive cases is up to 155 in Wisconsin, up from 106 in yesterday’s update.
- There have been 2,192 negative results (1,577 yesterday) and 1 patient who tested positive in Dane County has recovered.
Link to DHS COVID-19 page
Number of Positive Results by County
- Brown*- 2
- Dane*- 27
- Eau Claire-1
- Fond du Lac- 14
- Kenosha*- 4
- La Crosse- 2
- Milwaukee*- 62
- Pierce- 1
- Sheboygan- 6
- Washington- 2
- Waukesha- 12
- Winnebago- 5
- Wood- 1
- * Bold and an asterisk indicates community spread has been identified (Brown County is a new community spread location)
- Green is a newly added county positive test result for this update
Governor Evers urges the public to stay home as much as possible
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers late this afternoon released a statement reminding Wisconsinites to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and urging the public to stay home as much as they are able.
“Social distancing not only protects you and your family from increased exposure to COVID-19, but it protects our healthcare professionals, direct care providers, and others who are on the frontlines serving our communities during this pandemic,” said Gov. Evers. “We need these workers who are providing essential services to stay healthy so they can continue to care for and serve our state. While I know the COVID-19 outbreak has caused many disruptions to your daily life, your help will go a long way in protecting the health and safety of our state.”
With limited testing materials available nationwide, Gov. Evers encourages those who are asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms to stay home and self-isolate. This will help conserve testing materials for those who are severely ill and require hospitalization or are considered high-risk individuals. This also helps reduce exposure to the virus for our healthcare professionals. (Link to release)
Driver licenses that expire during COVID-19 public health emergency automatically extended 60 days
All DMV Customer Service Centers will be closed to the public on Friday, March 20. DMVs will use this time to deep clean each location and modify office space to allow additional social distancing practices when the service centers reopen on Monday, March 23.
Wisconsin DMV delivers vital services to Wisconsin residents. However, some functions are within DMV’s control and others remain state law. To continue to meet legal requirements, while protecting the public and staff, the following changes will be implemented temporarily:
- Driver licenses and CDLs that expire during this public health emergency will be automatically extended 60 days. Late fees will be waived. The driver record, visible to law enforcement, will show the extension and that the driver license is valid.
- All driver skills tests are being cancelled as of March 18 until further notice.
- Customers are being notified that Administrative Suspension hearings will be offered by telephone (or paper), not in-person.
Wisconsin National Guard posturing forces and ready to support state, if needed
Approximately 300 troops have been mobilized to state active duty to posture the Guard for further state support, if needed. Currently the Wisconsin National Guard has brought on additional planners, logisticians, and command and control elements to manage and execute any future missions, which could include assisting state agencies with logistics and planning, specimen collection, providing a source of medical professionals, and more. (Link to release)
Past updates are now archived on our website:
- Link to WI Update #13: COVID-19
- Link to WI Update #12: COVID-19
- Link to WI Update #11: COVID-19
- Link to WI Update #1-10: COVID-19