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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #142 (9-3-20)

Updated numbers from Thursday September 3rd, 2020

  • 293 Current Hospital Admissions (104 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are up 6 (+6) since Thursday, up 2 (+2) over the last week
    • The total number of ICU patients reported increased by 13 (+13) since Thursday, up 8 (+8) over the last week.
  • Cumulatively there have been 1,277,855 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 77,856 positive tests and 1,199,999 negative tests in Wisconsin (6.1% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Wednesday there were 727 positive tests reported on 9,178 tests (7.9% positive rate Thursday)
        • The 7-day average for positive tests is 674
  • Deaths from COVID-19 now total 1,146 in Wisconsin. 
    • On Thursday there were 4 deaths reported
  • 69,299 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (89%), 7,393 cases are still considered active (9.5%) and 1,146 patients have died (1.5%). (last updated by DHS on 9/3)




Gov. Evers Media Briefing on State’s COVID-19 Response

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers held a media briefing on Thursday to update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor was joined by Department of Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Dr. Ryan Westegaard, chief medical officer with the DHS Bureau of Communicable diseases and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor.

The Governor opened the briefing by criticizing Republicans for not heeding his call to come into Special Session on police reform and for a conservative legal group for taking his mask mandate to court.

Sec. Palm noted that a new data visualization will be added to the DHS website which will better illustrate confirmed cases by age group.  Sec. Palm noted that the 18-34 age group has the highest number of new cases and the highest number of cumulative cases.  Sec. Palm also noted that the COVID Connect testing website is being released in different languages, starting with Spanish going live shortly, and then Hmong.

Reporter Questions;

  • The Governor was asked several times about why he wrote Pres. Trump telling him to not come to Wisconsin, but  didn’t do something similar for Vice President Biden. The Governor said he verbally communicated to Vice President Biden that he shouldn’t come to Wisconsin, but that Biden had already made the decision to come.
  • Sec. Palm was asked whether DHS order a campus to shut down if there is an outbreak on the campus and Sec. Palm responded that they have been in constant communication with the UW System and the local public health departments in those communities.
  • On recommending a COVID-19 vaccine, DHS will wait on making recommendations until the FDA finishes its phase trials and safety and efficacy recommendations are made.
  • Gov. Evers said that the state has distributed most of the CARES Act, except for money that is being held back by testing, contact tracing and PPE.

Link to Media Briefing (YouTube)

Fox News Poll includes COVID-19 related questions

Late on Wednesday, a Fox News Poll of Wisconsin voters gauged attitudes on the presidential race as well as a few questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of note were the following responses;

  • If the election were today, 50% of likely voters would choose Biden/Harris and 42% would choose Trump/Pence. The last Fox News poll that was done in Wisconsin was in May, and found 49% of WI registered voters would choose Biden and 40% would choose Trump.
  • When asked, regardless of how they plan to vote, who would do a better job on coronavirus; 52% of likely voters said Biden and 35% said Trump.
  • When asked if likely voters think coronavirus in the United States is completely under control, mostly under control, somewhat under control or not under control at all?
    • Completely- 6%
    • Mostly-15%
    • Somewhat- 35%
    • Not at all- 45%

Link to Poll

DHS Opens Second Round of Applications for Funds to Support Health Care Providers Affected by COVID-19

Starting Friday, September 4, the Department of Health Services (DHS) will once again be accepting applications for Wisconsin’s program to provide relief for specific types of health care service providers to offset losses or expenses they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding being used was allotted to the state under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Eligible health care providers include;

  • Home and community-based service providers, including providers for 1-2 bed adult family homes, day services, home health, personal care, pre-vocational and supported employment, respite care, supportive home care, and daily living skills training for children
  • Assisted living facilities, including community-based residential facilities, 3-4 bed adult family homes, and resident care apartment complexes
  • Nursing homes, including skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities
  • Emergency medical services providers
  • (new) Emergency physician independent practice groups*

The second round application will allow eligible providers to include COVID-19-related losses and expenses for June, July and August of 2020. Also, in calculating the second round of payments, DHS will not deduct other CARES Act payments that providers have received (including Payroll Protection Program loans).

Link to press release

Link to application

Gov. Evers Announces $5 million COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Program

Gov. Tony Evers announced today the launch of a $5 million COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Program aimed at assisting Wisconsin cultural organizations that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), the program provides eligible organizations grant awards of up to $250,000 to cover pandemic-related impacts such as: lost revenue, increased workers compensation costs, cleaning and sanitization, and purchases of services or equipment to facilitate telework by employees.

Eligible organizations must have a primary mission to produce, present or exhibit cultural disciplines such as music, dance, theater, literature and the visual arts, or items of environmental or scientific interest. Full program details, eligibility standards, grant application, and program contact information are available here on the DOA website.

Link to press release

Gov. Evers Announces Additional CARES Act Funds for Early Care and Education

Gov. Tony Evers today announced an additional $30 million of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) dollars are being directed toward supporting early care and education providers. The additional funds will allow the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to conduct an additional round of Child Care Counts payments.

The Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Supplementary Payment Program is designed to help counter those trends. The additional round will of funding will be distributed through two, new programs targeted at the current challenges early care and education providers are facing. Applications and program eligibility details will be available starting Sept. 9, 2020, on DCF’s website, with the application window closing Sept. 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Payment notifications will be issued on Sept. 26, 2020.

Link to press release

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