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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #224 (1-16-21) Week-In-Review

Current data as of 1/16/21 AM

  • 953 Hospital Admissions, 227 patients in ICU, 0 patients at the Alternate Care Facility
    • Hospital admissions are down 45 from Thursday (-45), and -101 for the week.
    • The total number of ICU patients decreased by 2 (-2) since Thursday, -15 for the week.
    • The total number of patients at the ACF has remained at 0 since December 25th.
  • Cumulatively there have been 518,251 positive tests in Wisconsin:
      • 2,269 new positives reported on Friday
    • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 2,319+/day. (7-day average was 2,715+/day last week)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 5,322 in Wisconsin.
      • 32 deaths were reported on Friday
    • The 7-day average for deaths is now 29 deaths/day. (7-day average was 40 deaths/day last week)
  • Vaccine Distribution (as of 1/15/21)
    • 607,650 vaccine doses allocated to Wisconsin
    • 373,100 vaccines have been shipped
    • 213,056 vaccines have been administered
    • 30,805 Wisconsinites have received the two dose series of the current vaccines.
  • 485,157 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (93.6%), 27,611 cases are still considered active (5.3%) and 5,322 patients have died (1.0%). (last updated by DHS on 1/15)

Governor Evers Friday Media Briefing

Governor Tony Evers held a media briefing on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday. Governor Evers was joined by Dr. Ashok Rai, Prevea Health President and CEO, Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor.

In the media briefing Governor Evers shared that he will be declaring another public health emergency to continue the indoor mask mandate in the state which is set to expire next week on January 19th. The previous emergency order was issued on Nov. 20th, 2020. Link to the previous mask mandate.

Gov. Evers also announced that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin National Guard (WING) will launch a Mobile Vaccination Program on January 19. The Mobile Vaccination Program is a collaboration between DHS, WING, and local health partners. At launch, the program will deploy nine mobile vaccination teams with the intention to scale up the program in order to support vaccination of Phase 1A, Phase 1B, and beyond. Mobile clinics will be staffed by WING and pharmacy or nursing student volunteers through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin System. All volunteers will be required to complete safety trainings and necessary instruction modules.

Link to video

Assembly Health Committee holds public hearing on State’s Vaccine Roll-Out

Assembly Health Committee Chairman Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin), held an informational public hearing this week on the status of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. Appearing at the hearing were representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Medical Society, Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards, Leading Age Wisconsin, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (incl. Walgreens and CVS), Wisconsin Dental Association and Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Following the hearing, Chairman Sanfelippo released the following statement:

“I want to thank the many partners from Wisconsin’s healthcare leadership, including representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Health, local health departments, health systems, providers, and advocacy groups around the state, who participated in today’s hearing about the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the people of Wisconsin. I recognize their continued effort in service of accomplishing the unprecedented and herculean task of quickly vaccinating millions of Wisconsinites.

Nevertheless, it is exactly because of the extraordinary nature of this undertaking that I urge the Governor and the leadership within the state health department to speed up the decision-making process and increase the flexibility with which they respond to new developments and guidance that emerge as the vaccine rollout proceeds forward. A lengthy bureaucratic process to determine vaccination prioritization should not impede providers in safely vaccinating as many of our citizens as quickly as possible, especially when national guidance is already available.

Other states have shown that to be possible: when the federal government opened vaccinations up to everyone over age-65 on Tuesday morning, New York Gov. Cuomo accepted that guidance a few hours later, and those residents were able to schedule their vaccinations for as soon as this week. That same day in Wisconsin, by contrast, the state committee tasked with making priority recommendations was discussing a draft proposal for future priority guidance based on national recommendations that were already outdated. Similarly, it should not take negative press attention to keep individual organizations, like some local police and fire departments, from falling through the cracks. Wisconsin can and should do better.

I am encouraged by the productive hearing we had today about the COVID-19 rollout, and I am eager to maintain that momentum moving forward. It is my hope that we can keep lines of dialogue open between the legislature, the state health leadership, and our partners on the frontlines of Wisconsin’s healthcare system in order to facilitate the communication and cooperation that we will need to ensure that we can take full advantage of the precious vaccine resources available and quickly provide access to the vaccine to all Wisconsinites.”

Link to video of the hearing

Governor Evers and neighboring governors want to be able to purchase vaccines directly

Gov. Tony Evers with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressing their frustrations with the Trump administration’s botched COVID-19 vaccine distribution and urged him to grant permission for states to directly purchase doses of the safe and effective vaccine. The governors also urged the Trump administration to purchase as many doses of the safe and effective vaccine as possible so states can get more shots in arms in the coming weeks. The Governors also wrote that if the Trump Administration is “unable or unwilling to give us that supply, we urge you to grant permission for us to directly purchase vaccines so we may distribute them to the people of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota as quickly as possible. Without additional supply or authorization to purchase directly, our states may be forced to cancel plans for public vaccination clinics in the coming weeks, which are expected to vaccinate tens of thousands.”

Link to Letter

State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) Phase 1B recommendations are out for public comment

The State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) has made their initial recommendations for Phase 1B, summarized below and available in detail here:

  • Public-facing essential workers
    • First responders
    • Educators
      • Day care
      • Pre-school
      • K-12
      • Higher education
    • Non-frontline health care workers
  • Individuals age 70 and older
  • Congregate living settings
    • Facility staff
    • Residents
  • Employees of mink farms

The public comment period will remain open until 4:00PM on Monday, January 18. The subcommittee will meet again on Wednesday, January 20th to review & address public comment, and ultimately advance the recommendation to the full SDMAC on Thursday, January 21st. Comments can be submitted via email to


Week-in-Review (1/9-15/21):

Week-In-Review “At-A-Glance”
  • Hospital admissions were down 101, -101, for the week ending January 15th.
  • Total number of ICU patients were down 15, -15, for the week ending January 15th.
  • Since December 25th there have been zero (0) patients at the Alternate Care Facility
  • There were 16,239 positive tests reported last week, which is down 2,766, -2,766, from the previous week.
  • There were 203 COVID-19 related deaths-47 less than the week prior.
Positive Test Results

There were 16,239 positive tests reported last week, which is down 2,766, -2,766, from the previous week.

  • An average of 2,319 positive test results per dayWas 2,715+/day the previous week.

Milwaukee county had the highest number of new positive cases, with 2,780 new positives, 310 less, -310, than the previous week.

  • Waukesha county came in with the second highest number of new cases, 1,302, which is 505 less, -505 than the previous week.
  • Rounding out the top five counties with the most positive new cases were;
    • Dane county; 1,118 new cases, -351 less than the previous week
    • Brown county; 805 new cases, –218 less than the previous week
    • Outagamie county; 643 new cases, -46 less than the previous week







  • There were 203 COVID-19 related deaths-47 less than the week prior.



    • Milwaukee county had 16 of the 203 deaths from the last week, which is +7 more than the number of deaths in the county reported the previous week.
      • Dane county reported 15 deaths, -5 less than last week;
      • Kenosha county reported 11 deaths, -10 less than last week;
      • Sheboygan county reported 11 deaths, +9 more than the previous week;
      • Waukesha county reported 11 deaths, -17 less than the previous week.





Updated Charts as of 1/10/21


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