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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #163 (9-29-20)

Updated numbers from Tuesday September 29th, 2020

  • 646 Current Hospital Admissions (205 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are up 6 (+6) since Monday. 
    • The total number of ICU patients reported increased by 32, (+32) since Monday.
      • 205 is the highest reported number of ICU patients during the pandemic
  • Cumulatively there have been 1,533,729 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 119,955 positive tests and 1,413,774 negative tests in Wisconsin (7.8% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Tuesday there were 2,367 positive tests reported on 10,764 tests (22% positive rate Tuesday)
        • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 2,255/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,300 in Wisconsin. 
    • On Tuesday there were 17 deaths reported
  • 98,385 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (82%), 20,252 cases are still considered active (16.9%) and 1,300 patients have died (1.1%). (last updated by DHS on 9/29) 



Governor Evers Media Briefing

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers held a media briefing today to update on Wisconsin’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining the governor were Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel.

Governor Evers started the briefing by sharing his concern for the rapid spread that is happening with the virus in Wisconsin. He noted that wearing a mask is the absolute least that can be done to get the virus under control and cautioned Wisconsinites to reconsider plans on getting together with individuals outside of the family that they live with or their “closest 5.” The Governor reiterated the “safer-at-home” messages and encouraged Wisconsinites to get back to their Spring posture in addressing the spread of the virus.

When asked about closing schools, Governor Evers said that is not where we are seeing the community spread, it is the other activities that are causing it. The Governor noted that he was comfortable with how the local school districts were reacting to spikes in cases.

Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of Wisconsin’s Bureau of Communicable Diseases, when asked about today’s spike in the number of deaths reported and whether or not that will be the trend going forward, responded that COVID-19 deaths will likely go up unless things change dramatically. He pointed to the fact that Wisconsin is that we are hitting record numbers in Wisconsin at the very beginning of respiratory virus season. He said he fears that the case numbers and deaths will get higher unless we do something relatively urgently.

Link to media briefing

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