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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #178 (10-16-20)


Note: According to a press release from DHS, their coronavirus outbreak dashboard will be undergoing maintenance this weekend and will not be completely back to reporting live data until Tuesday, October 20th. Depending on whether or not there is data posted on the site before Tuesday, there may not be any COVID-19 Wisconsin Updates until Tuesday afternoon.

Updated numbers for Friday October 16th, 2020

  • 1,101 Current Hospital Admissions (274 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are up 58 (+58) since Thursday 
      • 1,101 current hospital admissions is a new one-day high for the pandemic
    • The total number of ICU patients reported increased by 10, (+10) since Thursday.
      • 274 patients in the ICU is the highest one-day number of patients in the ICU during the pandemic
  • Cumulatively there have been 166,186 positive tests in Wisconsin;
    • On Friday there were 3,861 positive tests
      • 3,861 is new one-day high for positive test results.
    • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 3,052/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,574 in Wisconsin. 
    • On Friday there were 21 deaths reported
  • 130,231 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (78.4%), 34,345 cases are still considered active (20.7%) and 1,574 patients have died (0.9%). (last updated by DHS on 10/16) 



Week-in-Review (10/10-10/16):

Positive Test Results

There were 21,368 positive tests reported last week, which is up 4,456, +4,456, from the previous week.

  • An average of 3,053 positive test results per dayWas 2,416/day the previous week.

Milwaukee county had the highest number of new positive cases, with 2,753 new positives, 896 more, +896, than the previous week.

  • Brown county came in with the second highest number of new cases, 1,462, which is 98 more,  +98 than the previous week.
  • Rounding out the top five counties with the most positive new cases were;
    • Dane county; 1,261 new cases, +443 more than the previous week
    • Waukesha county; 1,160 new cases, +308 more than the previous week
    • Winnebago county; 242 fewer cases, (242) less than the previous week

  • There were 134 COVID-19 related deaths, 47 more than the week prior, +47.
    • Outagamie county had 12 of the 134 deaths from the last week, which is 8 more, +8 , than the number of deaths in the county reported the previous week.
    • Brown county had 10 deaths, +2 more than the prior week.
    • Winnebago county had 9 deaths, +2 more than the week prior
    • Waupaca county had 7 deaths, +6 more than the week prior
    • Waukesha and Milwaukee county both had 6 deaths, which is +1 and (6) less respectively than the week prior



Governor Evers Media Briefing

On Thursday Governor Evers held a media brieing on Wisconsin’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining the Governor were Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Traci DeSalvo, Acting Director in the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel in the Office of the Governor.

Secretary Palm in her opening remarks focuses on encouraging Wisconsinites to not host social gatherings and to limit time outside of their homes.

Link to media briefing

Governor Evers launches political ad regarding his response to COVID-19 pandemic

Because an effort to recall Governor Tony Evers is active, Governor Evers campaign has released a political ad that highlights the Govenor’s response to the pandemic and criticizes the response from President Trump and Republican State Legislative Leaders. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “the ad runs until Oct. 27 on television in the Green Bay, La Crosse, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee media markets, and will include digital and mail components.”

The recall effort against Evers began in September and was discouraged by Republican Party leaders who were concerned about the lack of organization and the timing of the recall with the November election. Organizers have until October 27th to gather around 670,000 signatures.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released a statement criticizing the Governor for running a political ad regarding the pandemic;


“As Governor of the State of Wisconsin, attempting to lay the responsibility for pandemic response at the feet of the legislature simply demonstrates Tony Evers’ poor leadership of an administration more focused on politics than on coming together for meaningful reform. He has not approached the legislature with any proposal that he wants to see acted on, instead relying on unilateral administrative actions that he knows violate state law, and have failed to make a meaningful difference in combating the public health crisis. His administration has failed to present a long-term plan that legislators and the constituents they represent can embrace, and the only moves he has made in recent months have unfortunately run afoul of the law.

“I again would ask that Governor stop focusing on political messaging and demonstrate some leadership that Wisconsinites are sorely in need of right now.”

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