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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #72 (5-20-20)

Updated numbers released on Wednesday:

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association released updated numbers on Wednesday:

  • 393 Current Hospital Admissions (128 patients in ICU)
    • The total number of hospital admissions decreased by 5 (-5) on Wednesday
      • -4 in SE WI and -2 in NE WI, and +1 in SC WI
    • The total number of ICU patients decreased by 2 (-2) on Wednesday
      • -3 in NE WI and -1 in SC WI, and +2 in SE WI
  • Cumulatively there have been 13,413 positive tests and 154,300 negative tests in Wisconsin:
    • There were 528 positive test results reported on Wednesday on 6,591 tests (8% positive rate).
  • Deaths from COVID-19 now total 481 in Wisconsin:
    • There were 14 deaths reported on Wednesday
  • 7,728 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (58%), 5,203 cases are still considered active (39%) and 481 patients have died (4%). (last updated by DHS on 5/20)



Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) COVID-19 Situational Awareness Update site
DHS COVID-19: County Data;


Gov. Evers Announces $50-million for farmers and $15-million to combat hunger

Gov. Tony Evers today announced the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, a $50-million investment to provide direct payments to Wisconsin farmers in support of the agricultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a $15-million Food Security Initiative to combat hunger in Wisconsin.


$50-million investment to provide direct payments to Wisconsin farmers in support of the agricultural sector. Eligible farmers will be asked to apply for the aid through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, which is working in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Farm support payments could begin arriving as early as June.

Food Security:

The governor has also committed $15 million to the Food Security Initiative. A portion of the funding will go toward helping food banks, pantries, and other nonprofit organizations fighting food insecurity adapt to challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health crisis. This may include adjustments to public health and social distancing guidelines, such as curb-side pick up or delivery services, purchasing prepared meals from local restaurants for distribution, as well as other expenses that are being incurred by these organizations as they continue to provide services to families in need. Additionally, the Food Security Initiative will help food banks, pantries, and other nonprofit organizations purchase, process, and/or store Wisconsin agricultural products for distribution to local consumers in need. Furthermore, these grants will bolster Wisconsin’s food supply chain by strengthening bridges, from producers and processors to food banks and consumers.

Link to press release.

Gov. Evers Announces $25 Million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program

Gov. Tony Evers today announced the launch of a $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for Wisconsinites who have experienced income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the Department of Administration (DOA), the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will provide direct financial assistance for owed rent, security deposits, and wrap around services for program eligible individuals.

The effort is funded by $25 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars.

Eligible applicants must be an adult Wisconsin resident with a household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of or prior to the application date.  Once approved, eligible individuals may receive assistance of up to $3,000 in a combination of rental payments and/or security deposits. These payments will be paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant.

Link to press release.


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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)




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