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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #147 (9-10-20)

Updated numbers for Thursday September 10th, 2020

  • 304 Current Hospital Admissions (93 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are up 2 (+2) since Wednesday.
    • The total number of ICU patients reported increased by 7, (+7) since Wednesday.
  • Cumulatively there have been 1,330,329 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 84,881 positive tests and 1,245,448 negative tests in Wisconsin (6.4% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Thursday there were 1,547 positive tests reported on 8,822 tests (17.5% positive rate Thursday)
        • highest # of positives reported in one day (482 in Dane county alone)
        • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 1,004/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,193 in Wisconsin.
    • On Thursday there were 10 deaths reported
  • 74,834 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (88.2%), 8,836 cases are still considered active (10.4%) and 1,193 patients have died (1.4%). (last updated by DHS on 9/10)




University shifts to two weeks of remote instruction, quarantines two residence halls

UW Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank on Wednesday took the following actions to contain the spread of COVID-19 on campus;

  • All in-person undergraduate, graduate and professional school group instruction will be paused from Sept. 10 – 25. These classes will be cancelled Thursday, Sept. 10 – Saturday, Sept. 12 and will resume remotely beginning Monday, Sept. 14 for at least two weeks.
  • Given the high number of positive test results in Sellery and Witte Residence Halls, we have directed all residents in these buildings to quarantine in place for the next two weeks effective at 10 p.m. this evening.
  • All in-person study spaces, including those at University Libraries, the Wisconsin Union and academic buildings will be closed.
  • Dining services will shift to carry-out only for Housing residents and staff.
  • University Recreation & Wellbeing facilities will be closed.
  • In-person gatherings, including all social events and work gatherings of more than 10 people, are cancelled. Employees may meet in groups of 10 or fewer for essential purposes. Whenever possible, work meetings should continue to be conducted remotely via phone or video streaming.

Link to entire message to the UW Madison community

Dane County Executive Parisi’s Statement on Record Breaking COVID-19 Case Spike in Past 24 Hours

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi issued the following statement regarding new numbers from Public Health Madison/Dane County that show there were 456 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours:

“Our community is experiencing its first sustained, significant surge of illness since this terrible pandemic began. The task before all of us is great, as we are facing a public health emergency. We will have some incredibly difficult and sad weeks ahead if we don’t rally together now and stop this deeply disturbing trend.

“The vast majority of today’s new cases are affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Public Health Madison/Dane County has nearly 100 contact tracers to help identify and isolate illness in a timely fashion. Even with the most robust contact tracing program in the state, our public health department will not be able to keep up with this volume of cases from the UW.

“We need the assistance of the University. Of additional challenge, a number of the young people who public health staff try to contact are not being helpful or forthcoming about whom they have been in contact with, complicating the necessary work to help limit community spread. Detailed, effective contact tracing is critical, but we need those who test positive to cooperate if Public Health contacts them.

“This pandemic has caused irreversible pain across our country. We have seen what is has done to families and tight knit communities. We must act now – together – to change the course we are on.”

Link to statement

Vast majority of Dane County’s single-day record number of COVID-19 cases came from UW-Madison

According to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal, “Vast majority of Dane County’s single-day record number of COVID-19 cases came from UW-Madison,” Public Health Madison and Dane County estimates up to 85% of the cases reported in the last 24 hours in Dane county involve people tied to the campus.

26 sororities and fraternities at UW Madison are under quarantine

The Daily Cardinal reported that 26 of 41 sororities and fraternities on campus are now under quarantine. All residents are required to receive mandatory COVID testing.

For those under the quarantine orders, residents of the fraternities and sororities must do the following;

      • You must remain in your residence unless you need medical care or necessities that cannot be delivered. If you leave your property you must wear a face covering at all times and maintain 6 feet physical distancing from others at all times.
      • You must separate yourself from others in your residence as much as possible.
      • You must wear face coverings when in any common areas of your residence at all times.
      • You must maintain 6 feet physical distancing from others in your residence at all times.
      • You must answer or return phone calls from PHMDC staff or University Health Services staff within two business hours.
      • You must answer or return text messages from PHMDC staff or University Health Services staff within two business hours.
      • You must cooperate fully with all questions asked of PHMDC or University Health Services staff to ensure immediate contact tracing can occur.
      • You must wash your hands often and practice good hygiene methods.
      • You must take your temperature twice daily, once in the morning and once at night.


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