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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #170 (10-7-20)

Updated numbers from Wednesday October 7th, 2020

  • 873 Current Hospital Admissions ( 219 patients in ICU)
    Note: a SE WI Hospital misreported their number of ICU patients for a short period of time yesterday, and therefore the # of ICU patients when we grabbed the data was listed as 261, when it was later corrected the actual number for Tuesday was 216. We corrected the charts to reflect the right number.

    • Hospital admissions are up 20 (+20) since Tuesday.
      • 873 current hospital admissions is a new one day high for the pandemic.
    • The total number of ICU patients reported increased by 3, (+3) since Tuesday.
      • 219 ICU patients is a new one day high for the pandemic.
  • As of Wednesday, cumulatively there have been 138,398 positive tests in Wisconsin;
    • On Wednesday there were 2,319 positive tests
    • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 2,346/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,415 in Wisconsin.
    • On Wednesday there were 16 deaths reported
  • 111,765 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (80.6%), 25,500 cases are still considered active (18.4%) and 1,415 patients have died (1.0%). (last updated by DHS on 10/7)



Governor Evers Media Briefing

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers held a media briefing for the second day in a row 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 Deb Standridge, CEO of the Alternate Care Facility at State Fair Park.

The Governor noted in his remarks that we have a pandemic that is out of control in Wisconsin, that hospitalizations have tripled in the last month and that wearing a mask is not enough to stop the spread, that Wisconsinites need to stay home.

Secretary Palm noted that Wisconsin has reached an unfortunate status of being one of the few states that has had to open an alternate care facility. She noted that that in the last week hospitalizations have increased by 26%, 54% in the SE HERC region. And the number of ICU patients have increased by 27% in the last week, with hospitals operating at 90% ICU capacity in the Fox Valley, NE and SE HERCs.

Palm also noted that hospital beds are not the only concern, increasingly the shortage of health care workers caused by exposure to COVID-19 primarily in the community is also stressing the state’s medical infrastructure.

Link to video of the media briefing

Gov. Evers Announces Wisconsin State Fair Park Alternate Care Facility to Accept COVID-19 Patients October 14 

Due to increased COVID-19 hospitalizations and at the request of hospital systems, Gov. Tony Evers announced today the Alternate Care Facility (ACF) at Wisconsin State Fair Park will begin accepting COVID-19 patients within the next week. The announcement comes as Wisconsin health systems experience rising pressure to manage record surges in COVID-19 patient hospitalizations. As of yesterday, there were 853 COVID-19 hospitalizations, an increase of 71 over the day before. 

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in September hospitals are now overwhelmed and fear reaching capacity.  The state is divided into seven healthcare emergency readiness coalition regions (HERC regions), which coordinate how public health, healthcare institutions, and first responder agencies respond to health emergencies and catastrophic events. As of today, 7 HERC regions (Fox Valley Area, North Central, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Western) exhibit ‘High’ or ‘Very high’ activity.

As COVID-19 cases rise, hospitals across the state are experiencing critical staffing shortages – largely due to staff members experiencing infection or exposure to the virus. Wisconsin is seeing these current and imminent staff shortages in every HERC region. On September 7, there were 289 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wisconsin. One month later, hospitalizations have nearly tripled with 853 patients hospitalized across the state and more than quadrupled in the Fox Valley, Northeast, Northwest, Northcentral, and Western regions of the state. Hospital leaders in Green Bay, Appleton, Neenah, and Wausau are reporting ICUs at capacity, transfers of patients to other facilities, and critical staffing shortages, and at their urging Gov. Evers will open the Alternative Care Facility.

This alternative care facility is not a hospital and will not accept walk-in patients. The facility will coordinate with healthcare systems to admit patients who still need care but are not seriously ill in need of hospital-level care. It will serve as a transitional facility to offer oxygen and medical care for COVID-19 patients who still need support in their recovery. The goal of this facility is to transition COVID-19 patients who are less ill out of hospitals and reserve hospital beds for patients who are more ill and in need of hospital-level care.

Link to Press Release

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