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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #146 (9-9-20)

Updated numbers for Wednesday September 9th, 2020

  • 302 Current Hospital Admissions (86 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are up 5  (+5) since Tuesday.
    • The total number of ICU patients reported decreased by 2, (-2) since Tuesday.
  • Cumulatively there have been 1,321,507 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 83,334 positive tests and 1,238,173 negative tests in Wisconsin (6.3% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Wednesday there were 857 positive tests reported on 8,871 tests (9.7% positive rate Wednesday)
        • The 7-day average for positive tests is 886
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,183 in Wisconsin.
    • On Wednesday there were 15 deaths reported
  • 73,964 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (88.8%), 8,169 cases are still considered active (9.8%) and 1,183 patients have died (1.4%). (last updated by DHS on 9/9)

 

 

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Dane County Exec asks UW-Madison to consider sending students home

In the wake of an increase in positive test results coming from the UW-Madison campus, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi sent a letter today to University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank and UW System President Tommy Thompson asking them to consider cancelling in-person learning on the campus and to send the students home to their respective communities.

 

[Excerpt]

… I’m respectfully asking the University of Wisconsin-Madison consider the following actions in short order:

    1. Require undergraduates living in residence halls to move back home for the rest of this semester. Undergrads could return to their respective communities and quarantine there for 14 days to minimize new spread in their hometowns. The University could offer online learning for these students to participate in from their private homes. Given the nature of how Covid-19 spreads in group settings, reducing numbers in residence halls will help lower the risk of additional spread. If the UW decides against this, I respectfully encourage you to increase university staffing to support student compliance with local public health and UW directives on and off campus.
    2. Establish more on-campus quarantine facilities. As positive cases continue, sending people with Covid-19 back into group living situations off campus only perpetuates the spread of illness. You need to support additional quarantine centers especially for students living in off-campus housing.
    3. Please triple the number of UW Madison contact tracers within the next 30 days. While I appreciate the commitment and promise of UW Madison to support contact tracing for UW Madison students, the recent surge of positive cases already far overwhelmed capacity the UW had put in place to follow up on cases. Timely and effective contact tracing is critical for isolation. Dane County will soon have over 100 contact tracers to support what we anticipate could be a challenging fall season for Covid. Public Health has continued to add staff as this pandemic has evolved. It’s clear the University needs to increase its capacity to support contact tracing for students as soon as practically possible.
    4. Increase testing capacity on the UW campus. For example, on 9/8 a quarter of AEC tests were from students – the vast majority from UW. Most reported that they couldn’t get an appointment for a test at UW because University Health Services was “booked up.” If this pattern is sustained, this equates to at least $300,000 in daily test kit costs alone. The UW needs to bolster its ability to conduct tests immediately.

 

Link to the letter.

Wisconsin Launches “You Stop the Spread” Multimedia Campaign

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm today announced the launch of You Stop the Spread, a statewide multimedia campaign to encourage Wisconsinites to take steps to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19.

The You Stop the Spread campaign uses a combination of traditional and social media. Residents of Wisconsin will see the messaging on television, radio, billboards, and transit as well as in local newspapers. The campaign will also utilize social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok and Snapchat. Local and tribal health offices will receive a You Stop the Spread toolkit to tailor the message to their communities.

Link to press release

State Trade Associations release new statewide public service announcement on “smart pandemic behavior”

The coalition represents Wisconsin health care leaders, businesses and local governments. The message encourages Wisconsin residents to continue wearing masks, practicing social distancing and washing hands often and thoroughly – all of which can help slow the spread of the virus and help Wisconsin’s economy and public health recover from the novel coronavirus.

Featuring real people, not actors, in the real estate and health care industries, the PSA urges the public to “keep it up” when it comes to safety measures.

Coalition members include; Wisconsin Hospital Association, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Grocers Association, Wisconsin Medical Society, Wisconsin Realtors Association, Wisconsin Restaurant Association and Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.

Link to press release

Link to PSA

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