Updated numbers from Monday December 14th, 2020:
- 1,471 Hospital Admissions, 319 patients in ICU, 6 patients at the Alternate Care Facility
- Hospital admissions are up 46 (+46) since Sunday.
- The total number of ICU patients increased by 1 (+1) since Sunday.
- The total number of patients at the ACF decreased by 1, (-1) since Sunday.
- Cumulatively there have been 438,895 positive tests in Wisconsin:
- 2,122 new positives reported on Monday
- The 7-day average for positive tests is now 3, 509+/day
- Deaths from COVID-19 are at 4,068 in Wisconsin.
- 12 deaths were reported on Monday
- The 7-day average for deaths is now 47 deaths/day
- 390,003 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (88.9%), 44,749 cases are still considered active (10.2%) and 4,068 patients have died (0.9%). (last updated by DHS on 12/14)
- DHS COVID-19: County Data; https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm
- WHA COVID-19 Situational Awareness Update: https://www.wha.org/Covid-19Update
DHS Media Briefing on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk and Division of Public Health Immunization Program Manager Dr. Stephanie Schauer held a briefing on the COVID-19 vaccine and plans for its distribution across the state now that the first doses are being shared.
In the media Q & A Willems Van Dijk answered questions about the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program now that Pfizer vaccines entered the state;
- During the call it was noted that 10,000 doses of the vaccine had arrived in Wisconsin and had reached 2 of the 8 hubs the state has set up.
- Over 400,000 frontline health care workers and long term care residents and staff make up the recipients of the Phase 1A allocation of the vaccine. With the initial shipment of just under 50,000 Pfizer vaccines and an anticipated 100,000 Moderna vaccines in the first allotments, it is anticipated it will take more than weeks and closer to months before the entirety of the Phase 1A group is vaccinated.
- The next phases before reaching the general public are; “essential workers,” people over the age of 65 and people with diseases that put them at higher-risk to COVID-19.
Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Wisconsin Receiving First Shipment of Pfizer Vaccine
Gov. Tony Evers today, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), announced that Wisconsin is anticipating the arrival of 49,725 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week with shipments expected to increase over the coming weeks and months once more supply becomes available. The first doses of the vaccine will be shipped directly to regional hubs across the state.
State health officials have partnered with eight hubs that have the ultra-low temperature storage capabilities needed for the Pfizer vaccine and are willing to redistribute the vaccine to providers in their regions. DHS has been working closely with Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Wisconsin National Guard, and local, state, and federal partners to ensure the safe, quick, and efficient distribution of the vaccine throughout the state.
“Since the early days in the pandemic, we have been planning and preparing for the arrival of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” said Gov. Evers. “I fully trust in the expertise of our scientists, researchers, and public health experts who are guiding our planning, preparation, and distribution. They have put a lot of effort into ensuring that the vaccine infrastructure and clinics are ready for the successful rollout of our Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Program.”
Link to press release
Gov. Evers Announces DHS has Activated the Federal Government’s Pharmacy Distribution Program for COVID-19 Vaccine
Gov. Tony Evers today announced the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has officially activated the federal government’s pharmacy distribution program for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“This announcement is another step forward toward ensuring our most vulnerable Wisconsinites get the vaccine quickly and safely,” said Gov. Evers. “While hope is on the horizon, the best way Wisconsinites can help keep the folks living and working in our long-term care facilities healthy and safe is to continue to take every precaution to stop the spread by staying home, practicing physical distancing, and wearing a mask whenever out in public.”
A partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the national pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS, the program will utilize the Moderna vaccine pending its upcoming Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The effort, which will begin with skilled nursing facilities, involves the on-site vaccination of residents and staff of long-term care facilities. It is set to begin on Dec. 28, 2020. More information on this effort will be available in the coming days.
Link to Press Release