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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #18 (3-23-20 AM)

On Sunday afternoon, DHS released updated numbers on test results in Wisconsin:

  • The number of positive cases is up to 381 in Wisconsin, up 100 from 281 in Saturday’s update.
  • There have been 6,230 negative results (4,628 were reported on Saturday).
  • 4 patients have died in Wisconsin (no change since Saturday)

The county by county break down is at the end of this update

DHS COVID-19 Outbreak page

Gov. Evers Announces New Order Relating to Department of Public Instruction

On Sunday, Gov. Tony Evers today directed the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), via Executive Order #10, to suspend administrative rules relating to hours of instruction, student teacher assessments, and general flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

According to a press release from the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Order does the following;

  • Ensures the DPI will be able to streamline the waiver process for hours of instruction for public schools;
  • Suspends the PI 34 requirements to allow students in teacher preparation programs to graduate on time this spring;
  • Provide the DPI with flexibility in light of upcoming due dates.

Gov. Evers Suspends Utility Rules and Allows for Additional Consumer Protections

Also on Sunday, Gov. Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #11.  According to a press release from the Governor’s Office EO #11 suspends several utility-related administrative rules, “paving the way for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) to temporarily order further consumer protections amid the COVID-19 public health emergency.”

In a letter to Governor Evers, PSC Chair Rebecca Cameron Valcq, on behalf of the PSC, requested Administrative Rules related to the following be suspended, which the Governor granted;

As set forth in the attachment to this letter, the Commission requests that certain provisions of Wis. Adm. Code chs. PSC 113, 134, and 185, relating to service rules for electrical, gas, and water public utilities, be suspended in order to:

  • Authorize public utilities to waive late fees.
  • Temporarily suspend disconnections, other than those needed for safety reasons.
  • Enable customers who are unable to make a cash deposit to obtain residential service.
  • Ensure that deferred payment agreements are available not only to residential customers but also commercial, farm, and industrial customers.
  • Streamline the process for customers to apply for utility service.

Several Wisconsin Counties are encouraging seasonal and second home owners not to visit

  1. Vilas County Advisory to Seasonal and Second Homeowners: Due to high community transmission in certain areas of the State, Vilas County is recommending that you stay in your home area if you have a seasonal or second home in Vilas County. Due to our very limited healthcare infrastructure, please do not visit us now. People who have seasonal homes in Vilas County, please stay at your winter homes at this time. If you are already back in Vilas County, you must immediately self-isolate for 14-days. (link)
  2. Oneida County Advisory to Seasonal and Second Homeowners: Same resolution as Vilas (link)
  3. Sawyer County Advisory to Seasonal and Second Homeowners: Same resolution as Vilas and Oneida (link)
  4. Door County Encourages Tourists to postpone travel plans: The County is asking lodging entities to consider reducing the risk to our neighbors by not accepting new reservations and canceling those that exist to encourage people to temporarily not travel to the area. (Link)

Wisconsin National Guard medic team sent to Grafton senior living facility

A team of six Wisconsin National Guard medics reported to a senior living facility in Grafton, Wisconsin late Saturday afternoon to augment staff there. The team of four Citizen Soldiers and two Airmen will be in place for approximately three days while the facility works to identify a long-term staffing solution amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wisconsin National Guard received the request for assistance after the facility reported its first COVID-19 death as well as additional confirmed cases among staff and residents there. (Link)

Unemployment Claims for Week 12 (2019/2020 Counts)

Initial applications filed for the UI Week 12 beginning on 3/15/2020

Day 2020 2019
Daily Total Daily Total
Sunday 1,499 826
Monday 4,392 1,329
Tuesday 8,603 818
Wednesday 14,988 725
Thursday 16,252 703
Friday 17,094 789
Saturday 6,514 26
69,342                    5,216


Number of Positive Results by County

  • Bayfield-1
  • Brown*– 3
  • Calumet-1
  • Chippewa-1
  • Columbia*-5
  • Dane*– 61 (+12)
  • Douglas-1
  • Dunn-1
  • Eau Claire-4 (+2)
  • Fond du Lac- 16 (+1) 1
  • Green-1
  • Jefferson-2 (+1)
  • Kenosha*– 10 (+5)
  • La Crosse- 5
  • Marathon-1
  • Milwaukee*– 182 (+56) 2
  • Outagamie-2
  • Ozaukee-13 (+2) 1
  • Pierce- 1
  • Racine-4
  • Rock-3
  • Sauk-2
  • Sheboygan- 6
  • St. Croix-2
  • Walworth-3
  • Washington- 14 (+11)
  • Waukesha*- 30 (+10)
  • Winnebago- 5
  • Wood- 1

Total:             381 (4)

  • * An asterisk and bold indicates community spread has been identified
  • Green is a newly added county positive test result for this update
  • Red= deaths

Previous Wisconsin COVID-19 Updates
Previous COVID-19 Updates are archived here

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