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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #192 (11-18-20)

Updated numbers from Wednesday November 18th, 2020

  • 2,217 Current Hospital Admissions, 428 patients in ICU, 22 patients at the Alternate Care Facility
    • Hospital admissions are down 60 (-60) since Tuesday.
    • The total number of ICU patients decreased by 25 (-25) since Tuesday.
    • The total number of patients at the ACF increased by 3 (-3) since Tuesday.
  • Cumulatively there have been 331,837 positive tests in Wisconsin:
    • 7,989 new positives reported on Wednesday.
      • 7,989 is a new one-day high for positive cases during the pandemic
    • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 6,563/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 2,793 in Wisconsin.
    • 52 deaths were reported on Wednesday
  • 254,365 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (76.7%), 74,616 cases are still considered active (22.5%) and 2,793 patients have died (0.8%). (last updated by DHS on 11/18) 

 

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Governor Evers Media Briefing on State Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Governor Tony Evers held a media briefing on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining the Governor were Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor.

In his opening remarks, Governor Evers said Wisconsin is on a trajectory to reach 5,000 deaths by the end of the year.  He also noted that because the pandemic is not ceasing he is issuing a new Public Health Emergency that will go through January and is reissuing Emergency Order #1- the mask requirement order. The Governor said the orders will be released tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday. In addition the Governor asked Republicans to withdraw their support for the lawsuit opposing the mask mandate and asked the general public’s support in encouraging the state’s federal delegation to support the passage of another COVID-relief package. The Governor noted in the media question and answer that there are no new provisions being announced beyond the renewal of the masking requirement.

In her opening remarks, Secretary Palm noted that 1/3 of Wisconsin’s hospitals have critical staffing shortages, in 2 Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) regions every hospital has executed their surge plan, that we have a children’s hospital accepting adult patients, 9 ICUs in the state are at 100% capacity, 0 ICU beds are available in one HERC region and only 9 beds available in another HERC.

 

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