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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #154 (9-18-20)

Updated numbers for Friday September 18th, 2020 and the Week-In-Review

  • 342 Current Hospital Admissions (98 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are down 5 (-5) since Thursday.
      • Hospital admissions are up 16 for the week (+16)
    • The total number of ICU patients reported is down 5, (-5) since Thursday.
      • ICU patients are up 1 for the week (+1)
  • Cumulatively there have been 1,412,537 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 97,279 positive tests and 1,315,258 negative tests in Wisconsin (6.9% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Friday there were 2,533 positive tests reported on 13,067 tests (19.4% positive rate Friday)
        • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 1,576/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,238 in Wisconsin.
    • On Friday there were 7 deaths reported
  • 83,184 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (85.5%), 12,839 cases are still considered active (13.2%) and 1,238 patients have died (1.3%). (last updated by DHS on 9/18)


Week-in-Review (9/12-9/18):


Positive Test Results

There were 11,029 positive tests reported last week, which is up 4,133, +4,133, from the previous week.

  • An average of 1,576 positive test results per day. Was 985/day the previous week.

Dane county had the highest number of new positive cases, with 1,201 new positives, 254 less, -254, than the previous week.

  • Milwaukee county came in with the second highest number of new cases, 1,119, which is 437 more (+457) than the previous week.
  • Rounding out the top five counties with the most positive new cases were;
    • Brown county; 949 new cases, +404 more than the previous week
    • La Crosse county; 852 new cases, +615 more than the previous week
    • Outagamie county; 712 new cases, +284 more than the previous week

  • There were 41 COVID-19 related deaths, 3 less than week prior, -3.
    • Milwaukee county had 11 of the 41 deaths from the last week, which is 3 less, -3, than the number of deaths in the county reported the previous week.
    • Sheboygan county had 4 deaths, 3 more than the prior week.
    • Waukesha county had 4 deaths, same as the week prior
    • Outagamie county had 3 deaths, same as the week prior
    • Rock county had 3 deaths, 1 more (+1) than the week prior

  • There were 72,253 tests conducted over the past week (an average of 10,322 tests/day)
    • There were 21,526 more tests conducted this past week (+21,526) than the prior week.

Percent Positive Test Results:
  • On average, 13.6% of tests came back positive this week.

Gov. Evers Asks for Resignation of Workforce Development Secretary

Gov. Tony Evers today announced he has asked for and received resignation from Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman. Secretary Frostman’s resignation is effective immediately. Department of Corrections (DOC) Deputy Secretary Amy Pechacek will lead the transition until the new secretary is appointed.

“People across our state are struggling to make ends meet, and it is unacceptable that Wisconsinites continue to wait for the support they need during these challenging times,” said Gov. Evers. “It is clear that our unemployment system has faced historic levels of claims these past few months, hindered in part by antiquated technology we inherited, and processes designed by Republicans to make it harder for folks to get these benefits.”

The DWD has faced unprecedented unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic, far exceeding Great Recession levels. Since the pandemic began, Gov. Evers has worked to provide additional staffing resources to the DWD to assist with the substantial influx in claims, calls, and adjudication processes. More than 130 DWD employees have been reassigned to the Unemployment Insurance Division. In total, the DWD now has more than 1,500 individuals working on UI cases, a 250 percent increase from 600 individuals previously.

“We have continued to add additional state resources to support the DWD, but it is clear that we must have change if we are going to address these problems to get folks their benefits faster. I am confident Deputy Secretary Pechacek has the leadership and skillsets we need to begin to identify solutions to these issues and to get to work making sure folks across our state can get the resources they need. I appreciate Secretary Frostman’s service to our state and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Additional information about DOC Deputy Secretary Pechacek is available here.

Link to Press Release

Brown County Teacher Passes Away from complication related to COVID-19

The Green Bay Press Gazette reported that a Bay Port High School teacher (Heidi Hussli) died Thursday morning from complications related to COVID-19.  The newspaper reported that a colleague of the teacher said she was in classes the week of September 8th, became ill over the weekend and was unable to return to class.

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