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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #165 (10-1-20)

Updated numbers from Thursday October 1st, 2020

  • 669 Current Hospital Admissions (208 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are down 14 (-14) since Wednesday. 
    • The total number of ICU patients reported increased by 10, (+10) since Wednesday.
      • 208 patients in the ICU is a new high number for the pandemic
  • Cumulatively there have been 1,559,882 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 125,161 positive tests and 1,434,721 negative tests in Wisconsin (8.0% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Thursday there were 2,887 positive tests reported on 14,361 tests (20.1% positive rate Thursday)
        • 2,887 positive tests is a new one-day high for positive tests during the pandemic.
      • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 2,405/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,348 in Wisconsin. 
    • On Thursday there were 21 deaths reported
  • 101,669 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (81.2%), 22,126 cases are still considered active (17.7%) and 1,348 patients have died (1.1%). (last updated by DHS on 10/1) 

 

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Governor Evers Media Briefing

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers held his second COVID-19 media briefing this week 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, Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, and as a special guest, Imran Andrabi, MD, the president and chief executive officer of ThedaCare.

Governor Evers started the briefing by noting it was the second briefing he held this week because he continues to be concerned about the “alarming” rise in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin.  He called on business leaders, restaurants and retailers to lead by example and protect their employees and customers, and he encouraged Wisconsinites to limit their chances of exposure by staying home and limiting travel as much as possible.

Dr. Andrabi updated on the impact the rise in COVID-19 is having on the state’s hospital infrastructure. He noted that although hospital bed capacity is a concern, the larger concern is the hospital workforce that is being quarantined because of community spread, and that increasing bed capacity at hospitals is not a solution if there is no healthcare workforce to care for the patients.

Sec. Palm noted the emergency order that she and Governor Evers signed today that provides for temporary interstate license reciprocity for healthcare providers to work in Wisconsin healthcare facilities, extends licenses that may expire during the federal emergency declaration for 30 days after its conclusion, and makes it easier for healthcare providers with a recently lapsed license to apply for a reinstatement with the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

Link to media briefing

 

Gov. Evers, Secretary-designee Palm Issue Order to Expand Healthcare Workforce

In response to the current surge in cases and the growing strain on Wisconsin’s healthcare system, today Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Service (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued an emergency order to help address healthcare staffing needs. The order is available here.

“We are seeing alarming trends here in Wisconsin, with today seeing our highest number of new cases in a single day, and yesterday seeing our highest death count,” said Gov. Evers. “Our hospitals are being stretched to the limit, and we need to take action to assist our frontline medical professionals with their life-saving work.”

Today’s order provides for temporary interstate license reciprocity for healthcare providers to work in Wisconsin healthcare facilities, extends licenses that may expire during the federal emergency declaration for 30 days after its conclusion, and makes it easier for healthcare providers with a recently lapsed license to apply for a reinstatement with the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). Out-of-state physicians can also practice telemedicine in Wisconsin with proper notification of DSPS.

“We are in a new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, and hospitals across the state are reporting current or imminent staffing shortages,” said DHS Secretary-designee Palm. “While I am grateful we are able to take this step to facilitate additional staffing flexibilities and support for our healthcare systems, we also need Wisconsinites across the state to help us protect our frontline healthcare workers and hospitals by wearing a mask and staying home as much as possible.”

The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect for the duration of the current declared federal public health emergency and renewals or until a superseding order is issued by Gov. Evers or Secretary-designee Palm.

Link to Press Release

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