Updated numbers released over the weekend:
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association released updated numbers on Friday:
- 364 Current Hospital Admissions (131 patients in ICU)
- The total number of hospital admissions increased by 5 (+5) on Saturday and by 3 (+3) on Sunday.
- The total number of ICU patients increased by 3 (+3) on Saturday and by 3 (+3) on Sunday.
- Cumulatively there have been 12,543 positive tests and 139,764 negative tests in Wisconsin:
- There were 502 positive test results reported on Saturday on 6,051 tests (8.3% positive rate).
- There were 356 positive test results reported on Sunday on 5,824 tests (6.1% positive rate).
- Deaths from COVID-19 now total 453 in Wisconsin:
- There were 8 deaths reported on Saturday
- There were 0 deaths reported on Sunday
- 6,786 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (54%), 5,303 cases are still considered active (42%) and 453 patients have died (4%). (last updated by DHS on 5/17)
Badger Bounce Back Gating Criteria
Over the weekend half of Governor Tony Evers’ Badger Bounce Back gating criteria are now showing red, indicating the gating criteria is not being met for 3 indicators;
- Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period.
- Downward trajectory of COVID-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period.
- Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period. (the new one)
All of the indicators are displaying a downward trend but DHS analysis suggests it is not statistically significant.
Weekend News Shows and COVID-19
Governor Evers on UpFront with Adrienne Pedersen
UpFront with Adrienne Pedersen hosted Governor Tony Evers on their Sunday program. Of note from the interview;
- The Governor said that he and Legislative leaders will meet this week, but wanted to be clear that the Administrative Rule process is a long and “archaic” process, and said it will be at least two weeks before we see something.
- He said the meeting with lawmakers last week was “friendly,” but didn’t envision that there would be a “grand bargain.” He said Republicans control the process and can remove any provisions that they don’t agree with.
- When asked something that would be positive coming out of the Administrative Rule process, the Governor suggested that having a communications plan, in the event of a surge, would be a positive, but didn’t envision any restrictions being reinstated through this process.
- When asked if requiring everyone to wear masks was a good idea, the Governor responded that he believed it would be, but said that the Supreme Court made it “abundantly clear” they don’t have the power to require anyone to do anything. He suggested that businesses and individuals look to the WEDC Reopen Guidelines.
- When asked about how long it will take Wisconsin to get back to normal, Governor Evers suggested at least half a year, or as some economists suggested a full-year, but that normal won’t be the old normal.
Link to video
Maj. Leader Steineke and Gov. Evers on Here & Now-WI Public Television
Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steinke (R-Kaukauna) was interviewed by Fredericka Fryberg. Of note from the interview;
- Majority Leader Steineke expressed disappointment that things got to this point, that the Supreme Court had to get involved, would have preferred to have negotiations.
- When asked about the Governor’s Scope Statement and its similarity to the original “Safer-At-Home” order, and Steineke expressed concern that it continues to appear to be a statewide approach and not a regional approach. He hopes that the Governor changes that approach in the rules that are proposed.
- When asked about the local authority health orders, Steineke said its well within the authority of those local governments and would rather see that approach than the statewide.
Link to video.
Governor Evers also appeared on the episode, of note from his interview was the following:
- Governor Evers was disappointed in the decision of the Supreme Court and concerned about the gatherings that happened immediately after the ruling.
- When asked about the Administrative Rule process, he reinforced that there isn’t going to be a grand bargain, because Republicans are happy with what now exists.
- When asked about Joint Committee for Review Administrative Rules Co-Chair Steve Nass’s reaction to the scope statement, he said that he should wait to see the draft rule before commenting, because this is just a scope statement, however he noted that the Republicans have already said they don’t want any infringements on what has already opened up.
- Governor Evers said he is hopeful that people continue to remain at open and limit their going out.
Link to video.
Gov. Evers and Maj. Leader Steineke on Capital City Sunday
Of note in Governor Evers’ interview with Emilee Fannon were the following:
- Gov. Evers said reopening the schools in the Fall should be the goal, but there should also be a plan A, B and C. They are looking at potential plans of staggering in-person attendance, whereby students spend a limited amount of time in the classroom in smaller class sizes and the rest of the time attend online.
- Regarding reopening UW campuses, he said that is more complicated than K-12 schools, and that they will need to make a decision soon on that.
- When asked whether to host the DNC Convention, which was rescheduled to take place in Milwaukee in August, in person or virtually, Gov. Evers said it is probably a smarter decision to host it virtually.
- He is encouraging that businesses that are re-opening or who are considering to re-open to utilize the WEDC re-opening guidelines.
Link to video.
Of note in Majority Leader Steineke’s interview with Emilee Fannon were the following:
- Maj. Leader Steineke was hoping what happened with going from no restrictions to wide open would have been avoided if the Governor would have negotiated with the Legislature prior to the Supreme Court ruling.
- He noted that the original of the “Safer-At-Home” order was to ensure hospitals were not overwhelmed and operating in crisis capacity, and since that has been established, businesses should be able to start re-opening, using the CDC guidelines to keep their customers and employees safe.
- Leader Steinke said that everyone is expecting an increase in positive cases associated with reopening the economy, said that is to be expected at any point, whether it was on May 26th or now, but the point of the order was to prep the hospitals to be able to be ready for that surge.
Link to video.