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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #211 (12-15-20)

Updated numbers from Tuesday December 15th, 2020:

  • 1,461 Hospital Admissions, 331 patients in ICU, 5 patients at the Alternate Care Facility
    • Hospital admissions are down 10 (-10) since Monday.
    • The total number of ICU patients increased by 12 (+12) since Monday.
    • The total number of patients at the ACF decreased by 1, (-1) since Monday.
  • Cumulatively there have been 442,396 positive tests in Wisconsin:
      • 3,501 new positives reported on Tuesday
    • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 3,421+/day
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 4,122 in Wisconsin.
      • 54 deaths were reported on Tuesday
    • The 7-day average for deaths is now 45 deaths/day
  • 394,095 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (89.1%), 44,076 cases are still considered active (10.0%) and 4,122 patients have died (0.9%). (last updated by DHS on 12/15)



Gov. Evers Announces Nearly $2 Billion Invested 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. 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.

“Whether expanding testing, supporting families, or helping local businesses keep the lights on, these funds have been critical to our statewide response to the pandemic,” said Gov. Evers. “While there’s light at the end of the tunnel with vaccine distribution beginning across our state and nation, we are not out of the woods yet and in order to continue our response into the new year we will need robust support from the federal government.”

To date, nearly $2 billion in federal funds have been invested in emergency response efforts, public health measures, and economic support initiatives for Wisconsin residents, businesses, and communities. As of Dec. 4, 2020, the state has expended $949.1 million and obligated an additional $414.3 million. An additional $635.9 million in funds has been committed for distribution by the end of December. Roughly $900,000 remains reserved to ensure the state continues to have the flexibility to respond to emerging needs. Allocations will continue to be updated to reflect re-estimates based on actual cost information. Under the CARES Act, these federal CRF dollars must be expended by Dec. 30, 2020, and may not be carried over into the new year leaving Wisconsin and other states facing a significant cliff in available funding despite the ongoing pandemic.

A chart of CARES funding allocations is available for review here.

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 Press Release

Public Health Madison & Dane County allows some indoor and outdoor gatherings

Public Health Madison & Dane County has issued Emergency Order #11 PDF . The order goes into effect December 16, at 12:01am and will be in effect for 28 days.

The order mirrors much of the previous Order #9 and allows indoor gatherings of up to 10 people, with physical distancing and face coverings, and allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, with physical distancing.

A summary of provisions in Order #11 include:

  • Allows indoor gatherings of up to 10 people (not including employees), with physical distancing and face coverings.
  • Allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people (not including employees), with physical distancing.
  • Businesses continue to be limited to 50% of approved building capacity and must have written cleaning and hygiene policies in place.
  • At restaurants, indoor dine-in capacity is still limited to 25% of approved seating capacity levels, with physical distancing between parties. Individual tables must all be from the same household or living unit but are no longer limited to 6 or fewer people. There are no other changes.
  • Indoor seating at taverns continues to not be allowed; customers may enter taverns only to order, pick-up, and pay for food or beverage.

Link to Press Release

Public Health Madison & Dane County Provides New Guidance as Local Schools Consider Re-Opening

Public Health Madison & Dane County has released updated recommendations for schools to consider as they evaluate whether to bring kids back to the classroom. Due to a Wisconsin Supreme Court injunction, Public Health cannot make decisions about opening schools. This updated guidance is intended to help districts inform their decision-making about when they are ready to safely open their schools

The new recommendations PDF  take into consideration the growing body of national and international research on disease transmission within school settings since schools began to open in August.

Utilizing this new research, Public Health Madison & Dane County believes that schools can operate safely and effectively with strong infection-control measures in place and recommends that if schools decide to open, they use a phased approach, beginning with elementary schools first.

All K-12 schools open in Dane County must continue to follow infection-control provisions outlined in the current public health order. Some of the requirements include:

  1. A hygiene policy and cleaning policy that reduce chance for disease spread by ensuring:
  • People experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 do not come to or remain in school
  • Frequent handwashing and proper cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Frequently touched surfaces are disinfected multiple times a day
  • Common areas are cleaned between use
  • There are protocols for cleaning and disinfecting in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on site
  1. A protective measure policy that reduces everyone’s close contact with others by ensuring:
  • Everyone ages five and older wear face coverings when indoors and on buses
  • Everyone is at least six feet from others to the greatest extent possible when indoors and on buses
  • The same group of students stay with the same employees as much as possible and mixing between groups is minimized
  1. Implement Public Health’saction plan PDF  for COVID-19 case(s) at the school.

Link to Press Release

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