Updated numbers from Thursday December 17th, 2020:
- 1,363 Hospital Admissions, 298 patients in ICU, 5 patients at the Alternate Care Facility
- Hospital admissions are down 47 (-47) since Wednesday.
- The total number of ICU patients decreased by 16 (-16) since Wednesday.
- The total number of patients at the ACF increased by 1, (+1) since Wednesday.
- Cumulatively there have been 448,441 positive tests in Wisconsin:
- 3,643 new positives reported on Thursday
- The 7-day average for positive tests is now 3,192+/day
- Deaths from COVID-19 are at 4,255 in Wisconsin.
- 59 deaths were reported on Thursday
- The 7-day average for deaths is now 44 deaths/day
- 403,706 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (90.0%), 40,378 cases are still considered active (9.0%) and 4,255 patients have died (0.9%). (last updated by DHS on 12/17)
- 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
Gov. Evers Media Briefing on State’s Response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers held a media briefing today on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining the Governor were Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard, and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel in the Office of the Governor.
Of note in the briefing;
- The Gov. updated that although the vaccine is being distributed, Wisconsinites need to remain vigilant in stopping the spread of the coronavirus and to practice social distancing with those who you don’t live with.
- The Gov. noted the launch of WI Exposure Notification mobile app (details in release below).
- Secretary Palm updated on today’s COVID related numbers. And later in the media briefing Dr. Westergaard noted that the presence of the virus is still very high in Wisconsin, the rate of community spread has plateaued, which is positive, but more needs to be seen before the rate of spread will be falling.
- If approved by the FDA this weekend for Emergency Use Authorization the Moderna vaccine will be available for long term care facilities and skilled nursing facilities to start being vaccinated on December 28th.
- DHS is working to establish a COVID-19 vaccine dashboard that will be housed, with vaccine related information at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine.htm
- Sec. Palm said their expectation is that they will receive final allocation #s each week on Friday for the following week delivery. As it relates to Pfizer vaccine they are not certain if the arrival cadence will remain the same as it was this week; 2 hubs delivered on Monday, 4 delivered on Tuesday and 2 delivered on Wednesday.
- A reporter asked Sec. Palm, after hearing other states may be getting a delay in their next shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, whether or not Wisconsin is hearing the same thing. Palm responded that she has heard there is a potential we will get less than the amount that we received this week (49,725 doses), but has not heard about there being a delay in the next shipment.
- As of the end of the day on Wednesday, 1,010 health care workers were vaccinated who reside in 45 counties. DHS said there is an appropriate learning curve as the health systems ramp up their internal programs and start vaccinating. DHS expects the vaccinations/per day to increase as the systems get their vaccination programs implemented fully.
- They expect 101,000 vaccines from Moderna next week.
Link to video of the media briefing
Gov. Evers Announces New Contact Tracing App to Launch Next Week
Gov. Tony Evers announced today the launch of WI Exposure Notification, a new mobile app to assist in notifying contacts, allowing close contacts of those with a positive test to take quicker action will go live for Wisconsinites next week. The voluntary app uses Bluetooth technology and is available for download in the Google Play store, while iPhone users can turn the app on in their phone’s settings. WI Exposure Notification complements the state’s and partner agencies’ efforts in contact tracing.
“We’re excited about this app’s potential to enhance our state’s response to COVID-19,” said Gov. Evers. “The voluntary WI Exposure Notification app is another tool in our toolbox to stop the spread. Because it lets you know faster if you’ve been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive, you can take steps to keep yourself safe and protect those around you. Also, the app doesn’t collect or use device location, so users will remain anonymous.”
The WI Exposure Notification app does not use, collect, or store any GPS data or personal details. Instead, it uses Bluetooth technology to anonymously share Bluetooth signals with other smartphones using the app nearby. All people in Wisconsin who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a code that users enter into the app. By entering the code, the person who tests positive anonymously notifies devices their phone has shared Bluetooth signals with during the period of time they may have been contagious. For the app to work properly, Bluetooth must be enabled on the device, and the WI Exposure Notification app must be downloaded and/or enabled before you receive a positive test result.
Link to Press Release
Legislative Fiscal Bureau Memo on CARES Act Allocation
With the update from the Evers Administration on their allocation of CARES Act spending this week, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau published their own review of the spending.