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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #169 (10-6-20)

Updated numbers from Tuesday October 6th, 2020

  • 853 Current Hospital Admissions ( 261 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are up 71(+71) since Monday. 
      • 853 current hospital admissions is a new one day high for the pandemic.
    • The total number of ICU patients reported increased by 52, (+52) since Monday.
      • 261 patients in ICU is a new one day high for the pandemic.
  • As of Tuesday, cumulatively there have been 136,379 positive tests in Wisconsin;
    • On Tuesday there were 2,020 positive tests
    • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 2,346/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,399 in Wisconsin. 
    • On Tuesday there were 18 deaths reported
  • 110,110 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (80.7%), 24,852 cases are still considered active (18.2%) and 1,399 patients have died (1.0%). (last updated by DHS on 10/6) 




Gov. Evers Directs Department of Health Services to Limit Indoor Public Gatherings

Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue Emergency Order #3 limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy. See full the order and list of exemptions here.

This directive is effective at 8 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2020, and will remain in effect until Nov. 6, 2020, and applies to any gatherings at locations that are open to the public such as stores, restaurants, and other businesses that allow public entry, as well as spaces with ticketed events. A frequently asked questions document is available for review here.

Who is exempted from the order?

The following places and institutions are exempted from the order, even if they have indoor spaces accessible to the public:

  • Child care settings, before and after school programs, virtual learning support programs, and other child welfare locations listed in the order.
  • 4K-12 schools.
  • Colleges and universities.
  • Health care and public health operations.
  • Human services operations, such as long-term care and assisted living facilities.
  • Public infrastructure operations, such as food processing and production facilities, airports, construction projects, and public transportation.
  • State and local government operations and facilities.
  • Religious events, political events, demonstrations, and other events with protected First Amendment speech.
  • State facilities under the control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court or the Wisconsin Legislature.
  • Federal facilities under the control of the federal government.

Link to Press Release

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.

The Governor and Secretary Palm used their opening remarks to outline the environmental conditions that Wisconsin is experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic, that we are in a worse place than we were in March when they enacted the Safer At Home order, and that condition is what necessitated the new health order. They noted they are seeing the surge in transmission through indoor environments, like bars, and that is why indoor environments are targeted with this new health order.

According to the Governor’s attorney the new DHS public health order is not impacted by the Supreme Court ruling because it focuses on DHS’s authority that was not challenged in the supreme court decision.

Link to video of the media briefing

Gov. Evers Invests Additional $100 Million in Wisconsin Small Businesses and Economic Stabilization 

Gov. Tony Evers today announced more than $100 million in investments aimed at providing additional economic stabilization for small businesses and communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new infusion of funds includes an additional $50 million for “We’re All In Grants,” an economic development grant program launched by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) this summer.

The new investments announced today include:

  • Over $50 million of $5,000 We’re All In Grants to more than 10,000 Wisconsin small businesses.
  • $20 million for the Wisconsin lodging industry.
  • $15 million for live music and performance venues throughout Wisconsin.
  • $10 million to support privately owned movie theaters.
  • $10 million in additional support for non-profit cultural venues.
  • $4 million in additional investments for destination marketing organizations and tourism drivers

Link to Press Release

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