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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #92 (6-28-20) 

Current Numbers Snapshot:

  • 251 Current Hospital Admissions (93 patients in ICU)
    • Hospital admissions are up 8 (+8) over the previous 7 days.
    • The total number of ICU patients reported decreased by 1 (-1) over the previous 7 days.
  • Cumulatively there have been 549,490 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 27,743 positive tests and 521,747 negative tests in Wisconsin (5.0% positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Friday there were 520 positive tests reported on 9,127 tests (5.7% positive rate)
      • On Saturday there were 539 positive tests reported on 9,094 tests (5.9% positive rate)
      • On Sunday there were 457 positive tests reported on 6,481 tests (7.1% positive rate)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 now total 777 in Wisconsin.
      • On Friday there were 0 deaths reported
      • On Saturday there were 11 deaths reported
      • On Sunday there were 0 deaths reported
  • 21,953 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (79%), 5,009 cases are still considered active (18%) and 777 patients have died (3%). (last updated by DHS on 6/28)

 

Week In Review

DPI issues guidance to school districts on re-opening schools for 2020-2021 school year

On Monday, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issued guidance on “a safe return to in-person instruction.” In a document titled “Education Forward,” DPI provide guidance for Wisconsin district and school leaders to use as they plan for a “safe, efficient and equitable return to school for the 2020-2021 school year” with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing.  In a press release announcing the guidance, DPI Superintendent Carolyn Standford Taylor said the following:

“The next school year will be likely be different from the learning environment students and teachers have grown accustomed to. Education Forward is meant to provide information for educators and school officials as they make decisions regarding their school operations to keep all students and staff safe while learning.”

The Education Forward document includes information;

  • on infection control and mitigation,
  • lays out sample learning scenarios, and
  • provides specific considerations for special education students, English language learning students, gifted and talented students, school libraries, teaching and learning staff, school safety/mental health, and out-of-school time programs.

Of note in the document, starting on page 8, is the guidance on Learning Environment Considerations; In-Person Learning, Physically Distanced Learning and Virtual Learning. DPI provides some examples of potential schedule modifications schools could use for physical distancing learning, including;

  • Four-day week (all students report for four full days a week, and then schools are closed on the 5th day for a deep-cleaning)
  • Two-day rotation (all students report two days a week, Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday. Students are provided with virtual learning materials for when they are not in the classroom.)
  • A/B week rotation (half of the student population reports for four full days of in-person learning, while the other half is provided virtual learning opportunities that week. The two populations rotate every other week.)
  • Elementary students go back to in-person, other students remain virtual (Elementary students would attend four days of in-person learning spread across all school district buildings, and the secondary level students would remain in virtual learning).

School districts, with guidance from their local health departments, will make the decision on how schools are re-opened and what style of learning will take place.

Governor Evers Media Briefing

On Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers conducted a media briefing on Tuesday and was joined by Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Dr. Ryan Westegaard, chief medical officer with the DHS Bureau of Communicable diseases and Ryan Nilsestuen, the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel.

During the media briefing Governor Evers introduced a new feature on their COVID-19 dashboard designed to give local public health officials more actionable data to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The dashboard shows a COVID-19 activity level at the county and Health Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) level. The dashboard uses two indicators to determine the activity level;

  • Burden (case rate)- Burden is the total number of cases per 100,000 Wisconsin residents in the last two weeks.
  • Trajectory (percent case change) Trajectory is the percent change in the last two weeks and p-value (indicates statistical significance) from a test against the percent change equal to zero.

According to the dashboard, currently 22 counties in Wisconsin have a “High” COVID-19 activity level.

Dane County amends their Phase 2 Order, did not move to Phase 3 on Friday

Dane County had seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, rising in the week leading up to their every 14-day review of their health order to a 47-cases per day average (279 total), up from a 17-cases per day average the week prior.

Because of that spike cases, Dane County did not move to PHASE 3 of re-opening and instead amended their PHASE 2 requirements to do the following;

  • Private gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer people (Section 2.a.)
  • Bars and restaurants stay at 50% capacity but customers are required to use seating at all times. Seating must be physically distanced (6 feet) from other parties. Parties can only be seated with members of their own household (Section 5.b.)
  • No standing service (i.e., moving to the restroom is fine but patrons must be seated during their visit) (Section 5.b.)

According to their release, these changes are targeted at where the contact tracing is suggesting the spike is originating in younger people gathering at bars near the UW-Madison campus. Of note in their observations on the 279 cases:

  • 50% of cases are ages 20-29.
  • They are investigating multiple cases associated with businesses near campus.
  • So far, 35 cases are connected with clusters, but their contact tracers are still conducting interviews so this number will likely increase.
  • 167 (60%) cases are from Madison and 112 (40%) are from other cities in Dane County.
  • 173 of the cases were tested at the community test site.
  • There has not been a corresponding increase among people being admitted to the hospital or ICU.

Here is the Emergency Order #6; https://publichealthmdc.com/documents/2020-06-25_Order_6.pdf

 

Week in Review

Looking back at the data reported from Saturday, June 20th through Friday June 26th, of note were the following:

Positive Test Results

  • There were 2,593 positive tests reported last week, which is up 951 (+951) from the previous week.
    • Milwaukee County had 763 new positive cases in the past week (29.4% of the new positive cases, was 40% the week prior) which is 94 more (+94) positive cases than the week prior.
    • The next two highest counties for new cases for the week were Dane and Brown counties;
      • Dane County had 412 positive cases, 320 higher than the previous week.
      • Brown County had 200 positive cases, 120 higher than the previous week.

 

Deaths

  • There were 36 COVID-19 related deaths, down 5 from the week prior.
    • Milwaukee had 20 of the 36 deaths from the last week, which is 7 higher (+7) than the number of deaths in the county reported the previous week.
    • The next highest counties were Racine and Kenosha, each with 4 reported deaths, which is 1 fewer (-1) than the previous week for Racine and 3 higher (+3) for Kenosha.

Testing;

 

  • There were 65,010 tests conducted over the past week (an average of 9,287 tests/day)
    • There were 4,287 fewer tests conducted this past week (-4,287) than the prior week.

 

Percent Positive Test Results:

  • On average, 4% of tests came back positive this week, which was the highest week of percent positives in June.

 

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

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