MILWAUKEE – During a statewide briefing on Friday, Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health warned that Wisconsin is now in more serious condition than it was last spring when COVID-19 first spike.
According to DHS Minister Designee Andrea Palm, more than 1,400 people were hospitalized because of COVID-19, which puts a strain on hospital staff in all regions of Wisconsin.
Beds in the special care rooms continue to be filled. The Alternative Care facility at State Fair Park currently treats 8 patients, the highest number.
“Every time you choose to stay at home, every time you decline a party invitation, every time you choose takeout food, and every time you make another sacrifice after months of sacrifices, you help stop the sacrifice. contagious, ”says Evers.
Wisconsin added 5,096 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection on Friday. Just once before, the daily numbers had been that high.
To achieve the spike, over the past two months, the average seven-day number of new coronavirus infections in Wisconsin has increased by more than 500%. Palm revealed an average of seven on Friday was 4,231cases. A month ago it was 2,334 cases. Two months ago there were 696 cases.
Dr. Ryan Westergaard of DHS, says it could get worse before it gets better, based on statewide COVID-19 antibody surveys.
“The worst case scenario is it’s just getting started,” he said. “Presently, perhaps only about 10% of people in Wisconsin have been infected, which means 90% are still not exposed and sensitive.”
He wanted to remind everyone that people could still be at risk of developing the virus and experiencing the symptoms, two weeks after being exposed to it. That’s why, he said, being physically away, wearing a mask in public and washing hands is essential.
With Election Day on Tuesday and so many campaigning events leading up to it, Governor Evers says all government leaders – both at the state and federal level – need to be an example.
“If we want to get it right and stop the virus from tracking it, everyone has to wear a monstrous mask,” he said. “It’s as simple as that. How can we convince people to do that? We need our leaders to wear masks. Practice what you preach.”
The player is also asking Wisconsinites residents to pay attention to how they celebrate Halloween this weekend.
“Please stay home,” he said. “Avoid any face-to-face parties or meet-ups. Do not go to another home or have people in your own home who are outside of your immediate household. Go trick or virtual handle. Host a masquerade party or creepy movie night on Zoom. “
These small sacrifices could save a life in this pandemic.
“We are indebted to those who lost their lives because of this, and their families and friends – as well as our loved ones and ourselves – did all we could to do it,” Palm said. at home. “We need to wear masks and keep physical distance. We need good hand hygiene practices and if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested. Then, if you do, you must quarantine and notify anyone you have close contact with ”.
Twenty-four more people died of the coronavirus in Wisconsin, Thursday through Friday. That brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in our state to 1,972 since the pandemic began.
While Evers and medical leaders admit these latest numbers are alarming and disappointing, they still hope and say it’s not too late to turn them around and flatten the curve again.
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