Updated numbers released on Thursday:
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association released updated numbers on Thursday:
- 355 Current Hospital Admissions (117 patients in ICU)
- The total number of hospital admissions reported decreased by 2 on Thursday (-2).
- The total number of ICU patients reported decreased by 13 Thursday (-13).
- Cumulatively there have been 311,259 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
- 19,892 positive tests and 291,367 negative tests in Wisconsin (6.4% positive rate)
- On Thursday there were 492 positive tests reported on 12,148 tests (4.1% positive rate)
- Deaths from COVID-19 now total 626 in Wisconsin (+10)
- 12,980 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (65%), 6,285 cases are still considered active (32%) and 626 patients have died (3%). (last updated by DHS on 6/4)
- DHS has updated county by county recovery information on their website; https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/cases.htm
Milwaukee had the largest number of reported cases at 280, 57% of the positive test results reported for the state today.
Governor Evers Media Briefing
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, DHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard, and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel held a briefing for the media today.
In his opening remarks Governor Evers addressed the death of George Floyd, the protests taking place statewide and the need to address systemic racism. He stated that racism is a public health crisis and noted the disparities in health impacts and incarceration rates. Governor Evers also called on the Legislature to accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars to provide the financial resources to the state to help address these disparities.
Secretary-designee Palm in her opening remarks reminded anyone who thinks they need a test to get a test and reminded those who are choosing to protest to wear a mask, social distance and to wash their hands.
The Governor’s briefing can be viewed here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcW0vX1ETto
Two surveys provide insights on attitudes toward COVID-19 response in Wisconsin
CNBC/Change Research conducted a Battleground Poll in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin: May 29-31, 2020. Of note in the Wisconsin results were the following:
- COVID-19 and reopening states:
- Nationally the survey found that more people felt states were reopening at the right pace (39%) versus 32% who say too quickly or 29% who say not quick enough.
- In Wisconsin it is more divided, with 45% saying too quickly and 40% saying not quick enough, and only 16% say at the right pace.
- COVID-19 second wave:
- The majority of Americans (60%) and Wisconsinites (54%) believe a second wave of coronavirus is likely to occur within the next year. Only 16% nationally believe a second wave won’t occur, but nearly 1 in 4 Wisconsinites (23%) believe a second wave will not occur.
- If COVID-19 hospitalizations increase, how should we react:
- Nationally, if hospitalizations due to COVID-19 begin to increase again as states reopen, 59% of voters say “this is a sign that we need to increase precautions again.” 41% say “this is just a reasonable cost of returning to normal and we should continue to relax restrictions.”
- Again, in Wisconsin, the lines are more divided; 51% of voters say “this is a sign that we need to increase precautions again.” 49% say “this is just a reasonable cost of returning to normal and we should continue to relax restrictions.”
- How likely are you to get a vaccine for COVID-19 when one becomes available?
- Although, they didn’t split the results out by state, nationally the study found that only 50% (34% Definitely-16% Probably) would get a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available and 38% (26% Definitely not-12% probably not) would not get the vaccine.
- There appears to be a significant partisan divide in whether or not to get the vaccine;
- Nationally, 65% of Trump voters saying they are unlikely to get a vaccine and 78% of Biden voters saying that they are likely to get one
Fox News conducted a survey in Wisconsin from May 30-June 2, 2020 among a random sample of 801 Wisconsin voters contacted on landlines (200) and cellphones (601). Of note in the Wisconsin results were the following:
- Views on Coronavirus:
- 66% of Wisconsin voters are concerned about catching coronavirus- 33% are not.
- 65% of Wisconsin voters believe the President should set an example and wear a mask in public places.
- 36% believe Gov. Evers is reopening Wisconsin’s economy at the right pace, 31% believe it is being reopened too quickly and 25% think it is not being reopened quick enough.
- 77% of Wisconsin voters have a favorable opinion of people who wear face masks, 10% have an unfavorable opinion.
Milwaukee moves to Phase 3 of Reopening
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley that Milwaukee County will be moving to Phase 3 of their reopening plan starting on Friday at 2:00 PM.
- Bars and restaurants can reopen at 25% capacity.
- Barbershop salons can open up at 1-1 ratio capacity.
- Changes will be made to youth summer programming
- Businesses can operate at 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people
- Child care centers can operate at 50% capacity
- Public/private gatherings are allowed at 25% capacity with a maximum of 250 people
Press conference can be viewed here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB4udCrzg9M
Badger Bounce Back Criteria Moves Backward Again
Four of the six indicators used for the Badger Bounce Back gating criteria are Green. The indicators that are Red are;
- *New* Daily number of emergency department visits with influenza related concerns (last 14 days), which has remained largely flat.
- The downward trend of COVID-19 cases among health care workers calculated weekly. This one was already red, but preliminary data for the last two weeks shows a very sharp decline in the number of cases among health care workers. According to their analysis, if the 5/31 data continues this trend, this indicator, for a four-week period, should turn green.