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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #191 (11-17-20)

  Updated numbers from Tuesday November 17th, 2020

  • 2,277 Current Hospital Admissions, 431 patients in ICU, 23 patients at the Alternate Care Facility
    • Hospital admissions are up 3 (+3) since Monday.
      • 2,277 patients in the ICU is a new pandemic high
    • The total number of ICU patients decreased by 25 (-25) since Monday.
    • The total number of patients at the ACF increased by 4 (+4) since Monday.
      • 23 patients at the ACF is a new pandemic high
  • Cumulatively there have been 323,848 positive tests in Wisconsin:
    • 7,090 new positives reported on Tuesday.
    • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 6,429/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 2,741 in Wisconsin.
    • 92 deaths were reported on Tuesday
      • 92 deaths reported is a new one day high for the pandemic
  • 248,700 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (76.8%), 72,344 cases are still considered active (22.3%)and 2,741patients have died (0.8%). (last updated by DHS on 11/17)


Governor Evers releases next legislative COVID-Package

Governor Tony Evers publicly released a copy of the legislation he referenced in his statewide address last week. The proposal contains $466 million in spending, which according to the Evers Administration would cover Wisconsin’s response to the pandemic until April 1st, 2021.

Some of the provisions in the draft legislation include;

  • Coverage parity for telehealth services
  • Prohibition on insurers requiring a prior authorization or quantity limitations on a prescription below 90 days through the end of 2021
  • State staffing flexibilities
  • Require health plans to provide coverage and prohibit cost-sharing for testing, diagnosis, treatment, prescriptions and vaccines related to COVID-19
  • Require insurers to reimburse providers for out-of-network care, including telehealth, resulting from COVID-19 disruptions at 250% of Medicare rates
  • Waive in-person appearance requirements through 2021
  • Allow online notaries through 2021
  • Prohibit evictions and foreclosures through 2021
  • Waive interest, penalties or payments on government loans and debt through 2021
  • Suspend one-week waiting period for UI through end of 2021
  • Allow DWD to promulgate rules relaxing work search requirements through end of 2021
  • Waive student assessment and school report card requirements for 2020-2021 school year.
  • Allow rehiring and re-licensing of retired teachers

Link to the bill:

Link to the summary
Link to spending overview  

Assembly GOP Leadership Holds Media Briefing

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) held a media briefing today sharing that he and his colleagues were developing proposals to address the surge in Wisconsin. Speaker Vos noted that he received Governor Evers’ proposed legislation last evening and was not going to negotiate in the media over the Governor’s proposal but work through the Administration’s ideas and put forward his caucus’s ideas. He said that Republicans in their package will include building a robust testing system, doubling the number of contact tracers, assisting the healthcare industry, ensuring an efficient distribution of a COVID vaccine, requiring Unemployment Insurance reform and helping small businesses.

In a statement following the media briefing, Speaker Vos stated;

“We have to get on the same team; the virus is the enemy, not each other. Wisconsin needs some bipartisan answers,” said Speaker Vos. “These proposals are from our constituents, stakeholder groups and lawmakers. We look forward to discussing these legislative initiatives with our Senate colleagues and the governor.”

“We must dramatically increase our testing with more community and rapid testing,” said Speaker Vos. “We’d also like to make at-home testing possible so we can find the virus faster. We want to ensure that if you think you may have the virus, you can get a test and the results quickly.”

“We should work to find bipartisan solutions to help slow the spread and keep our communities safe but, at the same time, not bankrupt families or devastate our economy,” said Speaker Vos. “Unfortunately, the coronavirus will be here even after there’s a vaccine; we have to find ways to keep moving Wisconsin forward.”

Link to statement

Link to video of the press conference

DHS Holds Media Briefing on COVID-19 Vaccines

Wisconsin Department of Health Services  Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk and Stephanie Schauer, Ph.D., Division of Public Health Immunization Program Manager held a media availability to address questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine program.

During the media availability DHS answered questions regarding the preparations Wisconsin is making in advance of the vaccines becoming available, including the process for vaccinators to place orders through the immunization registry, to questions about the timeline for the vaccine availability and that DHS will still have to maintain high levels of testing and contact tracing through the first two quarters of next year until the pandemic ends and enough of the population has been vaccinated. They stressed it is good news that an approved vaccine or two or more are on the horizon, but it will still be awhile before the impact is felt in the state.

Link to media availability

Public Health Madison & Dane County Releases New Health Order Prohibiting Indoor Gatherings 

Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #10 which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size. Outdoor gatherings are permitted with 10 people or less, with physical distancing.  The order goes into effect on November 18 at 12:01am.

In-person games, sports, competitions, group exercise classes, meetings, trainings, movies, events, and conferences are all considered mass gatherings. Indoor mass gatherings of any people who do not live together are prohibited. Outdoor mass gatherings are limited to 10 people who do not live together, with physical distancing. The previous limit for gatherings was 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, with physical distancing.

The order is in effect until December 16, 2020 at 12:01am and continues to require face coverings and limit the capacity for most businesses to 50%, along with many other provisions.

Link to press release


Evers joins other Midwest Governors in COVID press conference


Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers joined other midwestern governors, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, in a video press conference todaycalling on their constituents in the region to continue following health and safety protocols during the holidays as coronavirus cases spike in their states and across the country.  The Governors emphasized the importance of continuing to wear masks, social distance and prevent large gatherings to curb the spread of infections during the winter months and upcoming holidays. Not involved in the press conference but appearing in a video message with all the other Governors were Republican Govs. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Eric Holcomb of Indiana.


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