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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #74 (5-22-20) 

Updated numbers released on Friday:

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

  • 416 Current Hospital Admissions (134 patients in ICU)
    • The total number of hospital admissions increased by 18 (+18) on Friday. 416 is the highest number of hospitalizations reported since April 15th (406 at that time). 446 was the highest number reported on the first date the WI Hospital Association began sharing this data.
      • +13 in SE WI, +2 SC WI, +2 NC WI, +1 NE WI, +1 NW WI  and -1 Western WI
    • The total number of ICU patients increased by 8 (+8) on Friday
      • +8 in SE WI, +1 in SC WI, +1 NC WI and -1 NE WI
  • Cumulatively there have been 14,396 positive tests and 172,703 negative tests in Wisconsin:
    • There were 511 positive test results reported on Friday on 9,976 tests (5.1% positive rate).
  • Deaths from COVID-19 now total 496 in Wisconsin:
    • There were 9 deaths reported on Friday
  • 8,012 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (58%), 5,385 cases are still considered active (39%) and 487 patients have died (4%). (last updated by DHS on 5/21)


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

Badger Bounce Back Gating Criteria Update

After getting 5 of 6 indicators to Green last week, this week ends with 4 of 6 indicators now Red.

Now listed as Red are;

  • Daily number of emergency department visits with influenza related concerns (last 14 days)
  • Daily number of emergency department visits with suspected COVID-19 related concerns (last 14 days)
  • Percent of people tested for COVID-19 who had positive results, by day (last 14 days)
  • Downward trend of COVID-19 cases among health care workers calculated weekly


Link to DHS explanation of the status;


Public Health Issues Order Moving Dane County to Reopening Phase 1

Today, based on active monitoring of the data-based metrics,  Public Health Madison & Dane County outlined in the Forward Dane phased reopening plan for Dane County, an order has been issued that moves Dane County into Phase 1 of the reopening plan, effective May 26, 2020 at 8:00am.


Phase 1 includes:

  • Reopening all businesses—such as restaurants, gyms, and retail establishments—to 25% capacity with certain public health requirements and physical distancing.
  • Salons, tattoo parlors, and spas can open by appointment only.
  • Indoor gatherings at commercial facilities of 50 people or fewer are allowed, with physical distancing.
  • Indoor gatherings at private residence of 10 people or fewer are allowed, with physical distancing.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 50 or fewer are allowed, with physical distancing.
  • Select businesses and activities with high risk for disease transmission are still closed.
  • Park courts and fields are open, individuals must maintain physical distancing.

Dane County will remain in Phase 1 for a minimum of 14 days, which is one incubation period for COVID-19. If criteria are met, Public Health will issue a Phase 2 order. If criteria are not met, they will be reassessed at regular intervals.

 “As businesses prepare to reopen, I encourage everyone to still take precautions to reduce the spread of disease: wash hands often, continue to practice physical distancing, and wear cloth face coverings” said City of Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway. “We all want to get back to ‘normal,’ but this is a phased approach to make sure we can still contain and mitigate illness; our fight isn’t over.”

“We have worked hard to listen to our business owners and support their reopening in a way that also supports the public’s health. I’m confident that Dane County’s data-driven response to this pandemic is the right approach for us to take,” said Dane County Executive Parisi.

Link to release

Week In Review

Looking back at the data reported Saturday May 16th to today, Friday May 22nd, of note were the following for the past week:

  • There were 2,209 positive tests reported in the last week
    • 14 counties accounted for 91% of those positive tests
    • Milwaukee County alone accounted for 44.2% of the positive tests this week. To date, Milwaukee county has accounted for nearly 40% (39.8%) of all the positive tests in Wisconsin and 54.4% of the deaths.
    • Racine County had the 2nd most positive tests this week, accounting for 12% of the positive test results.

Updated Charts


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Cumulative Numbers:


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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