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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #194 (11-20-20)

Updated numbers from Friday November 20th, 2020 and Week-In-Review

  • 2,076Current Hospital Admissions, 441 patients in ICU, 23 patients at the Alternate Care Facility
    • Hospital admissions are down 28 (-28) since Thursday.
    • The total number of ICU patients increased by 14 (+14) since Thursday.
    • The total number of patients at the ACF increased by 6 (+6) since Thursday.
  • Cumulatively there have been 344,945 positive tests in Wisconsin:
    • 6,473 new positives reported on Friday.
    • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 6,254/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 2,954 in Wisconsin.
    • 78 deaths were reported on Friday
  • 266,280 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (77.2%), 75,649 cases are still considered active (21.9%)and 2,954 patients have died (0.9%). (last updated by DHS on 11/20)





Week-in-Review (11/14-11/20):


Positive Test Results


There were 43,780 positive tests reported last week, which is down 1,320, (1,320) from the previous week.

  • An average of 6,254 positive test results per dayWas 6,443/day the previous week.



Milwaukee county had the highest number of new positive cases, with 5,984 new positives, 602 less, (602), than the previous week.

  • Waukesha county came in with the second highest number of new cases, 5,120, which is 2,177 more, +2,177, than the previous week.
  • Rounding out the top five counties with the most positive new cases were;
    • Dane county; 3,262 new cases, +14 more than the previous week
    • Racine county; 1,531 new cases, (281) less than the previous week
    • Brown county; 1,393 new cases, (560) less than the previous week




  • There were 381COVID-19 related deaths, 64 more than the week prior, +64.


    • Milwaukee county had 48 of the 381 deaths from the last week, which is 23 less, +23 more than the number of deaths in the county reported the previous week.
    • Marathon, Eau Claire and Outagamie counties each reported 15 deaths;
      • 10 less for Marathon than the previous week
      • 10 more for Eau Claire than the previous week
      • 4 more for Outagamie than the previous week
    • Kenosha, Waukesha and Waupaca county each had 14 deaths
      • 2 more for Kenosha than the week prior
      • 9 less for Waukesha than the week prior
      • 5 more for Waupaca county than the week prior



Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency Due to Overwhelmed Wisconsin Hospitals, Issues New Face Coverings Order


Gov. Tony Evers today declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin as Wisconsin’s hospitals are operating at or very near full capacity and healthcare providers are struggling to keep up with the demand for care. Executive Order #95 is available here. Emergency Order #1 is available here. Both orders are effective immediately and will expire after 60 days or with a subsequent superseding order.

Today’s new face covering order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit.

Link to press release

Gov. Evers Provides Update on the Investment of Nearly $2 Billion in Wisconsin Communities in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Gov. Tony Evers today provided an updated accounting of federal funds invested in public health, emergency response efforts, and economic stabilization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Evers Administration also recently announced $131 million in targeted allocations for efforts aimed at addressing healthcare worker shortages and helping create capacity in Wisconsin hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Funds were allocated by the Evers Administration from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was made available to Wisconsin through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Targeted allocations addressing worker shortages and hospital/skill nursing facility capacity include:

  • $40 million for hospital and skilled nursing facility staffing
  • $30 million for Post-Acute Admissions Incentive Payments for Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • $1 million for a Certified Nursing Assistant Marketing Campaign
  • $60 million for Long-Term Care Direct Payment Program Supplement

To date, federal funds have been invested in emergency response, public health measures, and economic support initiatives for Wisconsin residents, businesses, and communities. As of Nov. 6, 2020, the state has expended $621 million and obligated an additional $484 million, An additional $872 million in funds have been committed for distribution by the end of December. Roughly $22 million remains reserved to ensure the state continues to have the flexibility to respond to emerging needs. Today’s update also reflects additional investments that have been made out of the surge operating reserve, including for a program to provide admissions incentives for skilled nursing facilities and efforts to recruit and retain healthcare staff. Allocations will continue to be updated to reflect reestimates based on actual cost information.

Additional information on these efforts is available on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Investment dashboard website. The website provides transparent and regularly updated information regarding how and where Wisconsin is investing federal funding, including significant funding from the federal CARES Act.

Link to full press release.

Governor Evers and Republican Legislative Leaders Meet

This morning Governor Tony Evers, Speaker Robin Vos and incoming Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu met virtually for the first time since May.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal officials said the meeting was productive;

Evers’ spokesperson Britt Cudaback said in an email Friday the governor appreciates the meeting with incoming Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester. The governor also “expressed urgent need for working together on additional state support and asked legislative leaders to meet again the week after Thanksgiving.”

“He looks forward to the Legislature acting quickly to pass additional COVID-19 legislation to support our state’s response to this crisis,” Cudaback said.

Assembly Speaker Vos released the following statement;

“I want to thank Governor Evers and Senate Majority Leader LeMahieu for talking today. It was a productive discussion and as expected, there were issues we agreed on and some that we didn’t. Regardless, I see today’s conversation as a positive step forward to finding common ground in developing a more unified state response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Incoming Sen. Majority Leaeder LeMahieu tweeted the following;

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