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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #151 (9-15-20)

Updated numbers for Tuesday September 15th, 2020

  • 343 Current Hospital Admissions (95 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are up 2 (+2) since Monday.
    • The total number of ICU patients reported decreased by 3, (-3) since Monday.
  • Cumulatively there have been 1,375,829 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 91,304 positive tests and 1,284,525 negative tests in Wisconsin (6.6% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Tuesday there were 1,348 positive tests reported on 12,266 tests (11% positive rate Tuesday)
        • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 1,261/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,220 in Wisconsin.
    • On Tuesday there were 10 deaths reported
  • 79,557 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (87.2%), 10,509 cases are still considered active (11.5%) and 1,220 patients have died (1.3%). (last updated by DHS on 9/15)





Governor Evers Media Briefing

Governor Tony Evers held a media briefing today to update on the state’s COVID-19 pandemic. Joining the Governor were Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Chief Medical Officer Ryan Westergaard, and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel in the Office of the Governor.

In his opening remarks, Governor Evers noted that Wisconsin is one of nine states with the highest per capita rate of new cases. The Governor also noted two announcements his administration made yesterday;

Secretary Palm in her opening remarks noted the importance of quarantining after getting tested, while you await the results of the test and the importance of getting a flu shot this year. She noted, not only will it keep you healthier, but it will protect hospital and testing capacity to focus on the pandemic. She noted that flu vaccines are now available and you can find where to get a flu shot at  Sec. Palm also highlighted their “You Stop the Spread” campaign.

Media questions largely focused on two areas;

  • The continued backlog of unemployment insurance claims at the Department of Workforce Development.
  • The September 28th end for the mask mandate.

On the latter topic, the Governor said that they are looking at every possible avenue to see if there is a way to extend it. He believes the mask mandate is working and they are exploring options, however they have not reached out to Republican legislative leaders to discuss extending the order.

Link to the media briefing

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