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Despite Slowing Growth Rate, No End in Sight for “Safer at Home”

"Science will determine what reopening looks like and when that will happen," said Evers.

By - Apr 11th, 2020 02:54 pm
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COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

Newly released figures from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has grown by 145 to 3,213.

That’s based on 1,600 tests processed over the past 24 hours, a 9.1 percent positive rate, down from the April average of 9.8 percent. A total of 34,680 Wisconsin residents have now tested negative.

The number of cases continues to grow steadily, but is no longer growing exponentially.

On Friday, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said 20 labs across the state had the ability to process 3,756 tests, but the number of tests processed only totaled 1,600.

It could be a sign that the virus outbreak is getting under control. “The total number of outpatient visits, for whatever reason, are down in the state,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer at the DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases. “The number of respiratory visits to outpatient clinics are also down, so it’s certainly possible that there is not a lot of tests needing to be done that are going undone.”

There is no plan to end the “safer at home” order at this point. “Reopening the state, when that happens, it’s unlikely going to be ‘okay, everybody’s home, tomorrow, everybody’s going back to work,'” said Governor Tony Evers on Friday. “Science will determine what reopening looks like and when that will happen.”

Westergaard and other public health officials have warned that there is still no vaccine and no treatment for the disease, so staying home is the best way to prevent the spread of the disease and overwhelming healthcare systems.

The cumulative hospitalization rate ticked upward from 29 to 30 percent. DHS reports that 950 people testing positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization.

The death toll from coronavirus continues to climb, now reaching 137. There were 56 deaths recorded from the virus last week. There have been 78 deaths in Milwaukee County according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.

There are 445 COVID-19 patients in state hospitals according to a newly-released dashboard. From that figure, 184 are in intensive care units (ICU). The state has 471 ICU beds currently available.

Charts and Maps

Wisconsin COVID-19 summary

Status Number (%) of People as of 4/11/2020
Negative Test Result 34,680
Positive Test Result 3,213
Hospitalizations 950 (30%)
Deaths 137

Percent of COVID-19 cases by hospitalization status

Hospitilization status Number of confirmed cases as of 4/11/2020 Percent of confirmed cases as of 4/11/2020
Ever hospitalized 950 30%
Never hospitalized 1,659 52%
Unknown 604 19%
Total 3,213 100%

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race

Race Number of cases as of 4/11/2020 Percent of cases as of 4/11/2020 Number of deaths as of 4/11/2020 Percent of deaths as of 4/11/2020
American Indian 28 1% 1 1%
Asian or Pacific Islander 76 2% 4 3%
Black 845 26% 60 44%
White 1,615 50% 71 52%
Multiple or Other races 66 2% 0 0%
Unknown 583 18% 1 1%
Total 3,213 100% 137 100%

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity

Ethnicity Number of cases as of 4/11/2020 Percent of cases as of 4/11/2020 Number of deaths as of 4/11/2020 Percent of deaths as of 4/11/2020
Hispanic or Latino 333 10% 4 3%
Not Hispanic or Latino 2,194 68% 131 96%
Unknown 686 21% 2 1%
Total 3,213 100% 137 100%

Percent of COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender

Gender Confirmed Cases as of 4/11/2020 Deaths as of 4/11/2020
Female 53% 39%
Male 47% 61%
Total Number 3,213 137

Summary of COVID-19 cases by age group

Age Group (Years) Cases as of 4/11/2020 Ever hospitalized as of 4/11/2020 Any Intensive Care as of 4/11/2020 Deaths as of 4/11/2020
<10 14 4 0 0
10-19 38 3 0 0
20-29 354 28 4 0
30-39 449 63 14 3
40-49 528 102 23 4
50-59 623 171 47 15
60-69 587 228 75 25
70-79 369 194 58 42
80-89 189 127 29 30
90+ 62 30 7 18
Total 3,213 950 257 137

Results by county

Wisconsin County Positive as of 4/11/2020 Negative as of 4/11/2020 Deaths as of 4/11/2020
Adams 2 76 0
Ashland 1 58 0
Barron 6 429 0
Bayfield 3 86 0
Brown 60 768 1
Buffalo 3 111 1
Burnett 0 47 0
Calumet 4 173 0
Chippewa 18 560 0
Clark 7 99 0
Columbia 24 454 1
Crawford 3 120 0
Dane 327 5,587 12
Dodge 18 473 0
Door 9 95 0
Douglas 7 262 0
Dunn 9 537 0
Eau Claire 21 1,082 0
Florence 2 5 0
Fond du Lac 52 825 2
Forest 0 24 0
Grant 5 227 1
Green 9 182 0
Green Lake 0 85 0
Iowa 4 143 0
Iron 2 18 1
Jackson 10 118 0
Jefferson 22 463 0
Juneau 5 193 0
Kenosha 163 1,118 1
Kewaunee 1 56 0
La Crosse 25 1,106 0
Lafayette 3 50 0
Langlade 0 51 0
Lincoln 0 109 0
Manitowoc 3 166 0
Marathon 13 373 0
Marinette 3 126 0
Marquette 2 95 0
Menominee 1 8 0
Milwaukee 1,653 7,041 85
Monroe 8 397 0
Oconto 3 134 0
Oneida 5 150 0
Outagamie 29 556 2
Ozaukee 72 546 9
Pepin 0 70 0
Pierce 7 244 0
Polk 1 128 0
Portage 4 177 0
Price 1 40 0
Racine 105 880 3
Richland 5 157 0
Rock 53 947 3
Rusk 3 68 0
Sauk 25 394 2
Sawyer 1 112 0
Shawano 5 145 0
Sheboygan 34 512 2
St. Croix 8 241 0
Taylor 0 58 0
Trempealeau 1 259 0
Vernon 0 195 0
Vilas 4 73 0
Walworth 35 376 0
Washburn 0 81 0
Washington 71 988 3
Waukesha 201 2,047 6
Waupaca 3 170 1
Waushara 2 71 0
Winnebago 25 609 1
Wood 2 256 0
Total 3,213 34,680 137

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