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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #89 (6-11-20) 

Updated numbers from Thursday June 11th, 2020:

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association released the following updated numbers for Thursday June 11th, 2020:

 

  • 306 Current Hospital Admissions (101 patients in ICU)
    • On Thursday, the total number of hospital admissions reported decreased by 22 since Wednesday (-22).
    • The total number of ICU patients reported decreased by 13 since Wednesday (-13).
  • Cumulatively there have been 387,980 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 21,926 positive tests and 366,054 negative tests in Wisconsin (5.7% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Wednesday there were 333 positive tests reported on 9,275 tests (3.6% positive rate Thursday)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 now total 682 in Wisconsin.
      • On Thursday there were 11 deaths reported 
  • 15,348 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (70%), 5,895cases are still considered active (27%) and 682 patients have died (3%). (last updated by DHS on 6/11)

 

Sources: 

Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) COVID-19 Situational Awareness Update site
DHS COVID-19: County Data; https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm

Gov. 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.

Governor Evers noted in his opening remarks that Wisconsin “is not out of the woods yet,” and complimented Wisconsinites on their adherence to the good hygiene and social distancing practices. The Governor also recapped grant announcements made by his administration via the funding provided in the Federal Cares Act;

  • The Department of Children and Families (DCF) awarded just over $32 million to 2,367 early care and education providers through the first period of the Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Emergency Payment Program (Link to Press Release) Second application period is open until June 19th.
  • Gov. Evers Announces $40 Million in Financial Assistance to Hospitals to Help With COVID-19 Losses (see below)

The Governor also included a pitch to expand Medicaid in order to capture more federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act. The Governor also encouraged those who have been protesting, because they were in large groups and could’ve have been exposed to COVID-19 to get tested twice if the first test is negative. They should get tested five days after the event they attended, and if that test was negative, get re-tested again 12-14 days after the event.

DHS Secretary-designee Palm noted that earlier this week the department announced that more households will be able to get food through the The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Sec. Palm also noted that DHS announced that through a $675,526 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded to Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is partnering with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association to provide crisis counseling services to people experiencing anxiety and stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media questions of note:

      • The Governor was asked about the taping of conversation with Sen. Fitzgerald and Speaker Vos?
        • The Governor said he did not know about the taping, and that a staffer wanted to use it for taking notes, but the practice has ended and he will not discuss personnel or discipline matters in public.
      • In another question the Governor was asked why he didn’t know about the taping?
        • He said he was in a different room from the staffer that taped the conversation and was not aware.
        • Per WI law one person had to consent to the taping and the Governor’s legal counsel staff said the Governor’s staff consented to the taping.
      • DHS was asked how the $40 million grant amount for the hospitals was decided on and how will it be distributed?
        • Sec. Palm noted that they wanted to get to a meaningful amount for relief to the hospitals but need to balance with other priorities. The amount will be based on relative Medicaid claims and the formula was agreed to with WHA.
      • They were asked about a spike in cases in Winnebago county and DHS is aware of the spike and engaged in that community.
      • When asked about patterns among positive tests, Dr. Westegaard noted that patterns that we have seen in Wisconsin where there is disproportionate numbers are elderly, those in nursing homes, the health care field and those who cannot maintain physical distance.

 

Gov. Evers Announces $40 Million in Financial Assistance to Hospitals to Help With COVID-19 Losses

Gov. Tony Evers today announced hospitals across Wisconsin will receive direct payments from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to assist with lost revenue and expenses they’ve incurred related to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, April, and May 2020. DHS will distribute these payments from $40 million of funding provided to Wisconsin under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Hospitals will receive a single payment from DHS based upon their percentage of both inpatient and outpatient Medicaid revenue, compared to other facilities throughout the state. Calculated payments will be offset by COVID-19 related relief payments provided by other federal programs, private insurance, the Indian Health Service, Medicaid, or Medicare.

The $40 million program is in addition to the distribution of personal protective equipment, as well as COVID-19 test kits and other supplies directly to hospitals and health care partners across the state. The State Emergency Operations Center has worked closely with hospital systems throughout the response.

Link to Press Release

Wisconsin Hospital Association Statement on COVID-19 Hospital Funding

“Today’s announcement from Governor Evers is very welcome news as hospitals continue recovering from the financial impacts of COVID-19. We appreciate this assistance and his recognition of the ongoing challenges facing hospitals and health systems across the state. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Governor Evers, his administration and state and federal policymakers to address the pandemic while ensuring our hospitals and health systems can resume addressing the broader health care needs of Wisconsin patients and families.”

Link to Press Release

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