On Thursday afternoon, DHS released updated numbers on test results in Wisconsin:
- The number of positive cases is up to 707 in Wisconsin, up from 583 in Wednesday’s update.
- 11,583 negative test results (10,089 were reported on Wednesday).
- 8 patients have died in Wisconsin (up 2 from Wednesday)
A new county by county map break down is at the end of this update as well as timeline of positive and negative test results.
Source: DHS COVID-19 Outbreak page
DHS Hosts Facebook Live to Answer Questions related to Safer At Home
Link to Facebook video; https://www.facebook.com/DHSWI/videos/1412848268876513/
Secretary Palm started the Facebook Live session updating on the current number of positive and negative test results in Wisconsin, and the number of deaths. Palm noted that modelling by DHS experts, based on data from what has been seen globally, suggests that if Wisconsin continues on its current path, without implementing the Governor’s “Safer at Home” order, we would likely see 22,000 Wisconsinites infected by April 8th, which could result in 440 to 1,550 deaths. Palm noted that staying at home is the best tool we have to prevent the spread of the virus, protect health care workers and ensure that the health care system capacity is not overwhelmed.
Through the course of the conversation Sec. Palm and Dr. Westergaard answered several questions regarding the Stay at Home Order. Answers to the majority of the questions raised could be found on the Governor’s Office Safer at Home FAQs page.
WMC Releases COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Agenda
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) released its COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Agenda on Thursday “aimed at providing economic assistance to those in need; a reprieve of costly and burdensome regulations on businesses stepping up during this public health emergency; and getting people back to work quickly following this crisis.”
Here is a brief summary of WMC’s agenda from their press release:
- Provide liquidity for businesses through tax credits and payment deferments
- Enact liability protections to allow businesses to safeguard employees and other essential visitors at their facilities
- Temporarily pause Dept. of Revenue audits that are incredibly disruptive to business operations
- Prohibit unemployment benefit withdrawals from counting against an employer’s experience rating
- Prioritize COVID-19 testing for employees working in essential industries like health care, manufacturing and energy
- Provide families with financial assistance through tax credits and unemployment insurance waivers
- Provide families with increased flexibility for tax payments
- Provide flexibility for employees by temporarily waiving continuing education requirements
The full Relief & Recovery Agenda can be viewed by clicking here.
DWD: Employers Providing Essential Services Need Workers
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has created a webpage to connect job seekers to the in-demand jobs posted on JobCenterofWisconsin.com. These jobs include healthcare occupations like registered nurse and pharmacist, but also transportation and material moving occupations, such as laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, and light truck or delivery service drivers who help transport supplies, food, and other products that still need to be delivered to grocery stores, restaurants, and hospitals.
Wisconsinjobcenter.org/lookforjobs/in-demand.htm to connect to in-demand jobs in Wisconsin.
Employers looking to connect with job seekers can post positions for free on JobCenterof Wisconsin.com, Wisconsin’s free online job search tool.
Number of Positive Results by County
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Previous Wisconsin COVID-19 Updates
Previous COVID-19 Updates are archived here
Here is a comprehensive list of State of Wisconsin resources related to the public health emergency (LINK)