381 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, 4 Deaths
"Stay at home," says Governor Tony Evers in simple message on how Wisconsinites can help.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues to rise.
A total of 381 individuals have now tested positive for the disease, up from 281 yesterday according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). As of Sunday, four deaths had been reported in Wisconsin as a result of the disease.
The number of negative tests also continues to rise, the count is now at 6230, up from yesterday’s total of 4,628.
The numbers don’t tell the whole story of how the pandemic is playing out because of the shortage of testing supplies, turnaround time in getting test results back and lag time in hoped impact of public gathering restrictions put in place by state and local officials.
The state issued a memo earlier this week that established a four-tier testing system intended to make sure the highest risk individuals are tested. Tests have been primarily processed by two public health labs, one at UW-Madison and another operated by the Milwaukee Health Department, but private labs are adding capacity.
Individuals experiencing no or mild symptoms may never be tested. “There is no need to test people that are not having symptoms,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, on Tuesday. “Unless you’re experiencing shortness of breath, it’s not a medical emergency,” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik in laying out who should be tested during a media briefing this week.
But that doesn’t mean the individuals aren’t spreading the disease and putting others at risk. Six counties, including Milwaukee County, are now reporting “community transmission” indicating that officials cannot trace the origin of a new case to an existing one.
Governor Tony Evers delivered a simple message to Wisconsinites during a briefing Friday, “stay at home.”.
DHS, through its Twitter account, suggested people can go outside, but must maintain “social distancing” of six feet from others. The most common way the disease is believed to spread is through “respiratory droplets” when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website offers guidance on how the disease spreads and how individuals can protect themselves and others.
For more on the strategy to “flatten the curve” and ensure enough intensive care unit facilities are available in hospitals, see our coverage from yesterday.
Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results
|Test Results||Number of People as of 3/22/2020|
Number of Positive Results by County
|Wisconsin County||Total Cases as of 3/22/2020||Total Deaths as of 3/22/2020|
|Fond du Lac||16||1|
* An asterisk indicates community spread has been identified.
About the Data
A variety of testing totals are shared every day. Urban Milwaukee uses the daily DHS website update at 2 p.m. as its primary reporting measure. Milwaukee County updates its tracking website at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.
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