Wisconsin coronavirus numbers continued to soar Wednesday as all 72 counties recorded very high levels of COVID-19 activity and state health officials urged residents to stay home to stop the spread. by coronavirus.
The state’s Department of Health reported a record 5,935 new infections and 54 deaths, bringing the number of deaths to 2,156.
“We should not be in contact with other people we don’t live with – stop,” Andrea Palm, DHS Secretary said during a press conference.
The average daily number of new cases over the past seven days also hit a new high of 4,839. That’s a 531% increase in eight weeks.
The average daily death toll for the past seven days was 37. Two months ago, as soon as cases started to increase in the state, the daily average was six.
As of Wednesday, there were 1,747 people hospitalized for the virus, including 360 patients in intensive care rooms. Both numbers are all-time highs.
The hospital’s options are “limited” to address severe shortages and space problems, Palm said. She said the state is “pulling as much leverage as possible” to loosen regulations and find more health care workers.
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Health officials said the number of hospitalizations and deaths increased as a direct result of an increase in the number of cases in the previous few weeks. The situation is expected to worsen as cases continue to increase rapidly.
Governor Tony Evers said: “We can bend corners, we can smooth curves, but we have to do it now, and we have to do it together.
The United States is facing the third and worst wave of viruses. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that for the first time more than 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in a single day.
In Wisconsin, the huge increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths since early September has strained hospitals and the public health system, and the state is in crisis, Palm said.
In a weekly update of disease activity, two counties maintained in western Wisconsin joined the other 70 counties at the top of the state’s metrics tool.
A “very high” disease activity level means that there are at least 350 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. Some counties report case rates of more than 1,000 or 2,000.
“It’s not happening anywhere else or with anyone else,” says Evers. “It is here and the Wisconsinites in every corner of our state know firsthand the tragedies this virus and the pandemic caused.”
Also witnessing a continuing and disturbing escalation is the average positive rate, reaching a new high of 31.1% on Wednesday. This measure considers positive tests for the first time in the past seven days.
Palm urges residents to wear masks and leave homes only when absolutely necessary to help protect their family, friends, neighbors and healthcare staff.
“We have power. This is in our hands,” she said. “We need to get involved together as individuals who care about our community.”
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The numbers come a day after the election that see Republicans expand their majority in the state Senate by two more seats. Evers’ emergency medical order faced legal challenges from Republicans, and he criticized them for not acting in the Legislature to control the state outburst – a of the country’s worst.
Evers said of GOP lawmakers: “There’s still a virus, it’s still killing people at a record speed, and I can’t believe whether they increase the majority or not, they don’t want to do it. nothing.
He said he “welcomed” ideas from lawmakers on how to control the pandemic.
“We can’t do anything, that’s the point,” says Evers. “As a state if we let this go on rampant for months, we would lose our lives, and there is absolutely no reason why we cannot accomplish it.”
Last week, Board Chairman Robin Vos – who won the election on Tuesday – said he was changing his attitude toward the raging virus outbreak. He calls for more inspections, faster checks, and is considering a second state bailout package to help Wisconsin navigate the pandemic.
UW system expands testing for the community
On Wednesday, the University of Wisconsin announced its facilities would open free “mutation test scores” offering quick-result COVID-19 tests to community members outside the school, with the target reduces statewide high testing needs.
Testing will be available on all 13 four-year campuses, with some additional capacity at 13 branch facilities. Testing will start as early as Thursday, although most schools will start on Monday.
The six-week effort will provide 250,000 quick tests and will be open to students, staff and “residents from schools, cities and villages, pedestrians up to the age of 5”, Times UW System Tommy Thompson said. “Anyone who wants to go in and experiment, we want to do it.”
Also on Wednesday, Madison & Dane County Public Health said it was investigating at least 13 residential properties near the UW-Madison campus that were hosting Halloween weekend parties, according to a statement. An apartment accommodates more than 90 people.
“People seem to have exceptions to friends and family, but the disease is complicated – you can feel okay and spread it to others. Unfortunately, the person you spread it to might not be so lucky, ”Janel Heinrich, director of the medical division, said in a statement.
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