“This Is Going To Get Worse Before It Gets Better” Says Top Health Official
New records for actively hospitalized and newly admitted.
State officials see Wisconsin continuing to remain a COVID-19 hotspot for the foreseeable future.
“We have a pandemic that is out of control in the state of Wisconsin,” said Governor Tony Evers.
The state’s active caseload has nearly tripled in the past 40 days. Now the number of people actively hospitalized is surging to record highs. The daily death total is trending that way.
“We obviously hoped this day would never come,” said Evers. The state is activating an alternative care facility at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.
The facility will serve people that have already been hospitalized 24 to 48 hours and need hospitalization, but not intensive care.
“I think the easiest way to understand the Alternative Care Facility is that it’s exactly what it says, it’s an alternative to a hospital,” said facility CEO Debra Standridge.
The facility includes 530 beds in the exposition center, with barrier walls between beds, showers, expanded bathrooms and oxygen lines to the beds.
The patients using the facility are expected to come from overwhelmed hospitals in the Fox Valley and other northeastern Wisconsin counties. They will arrive via ground transportation in ambulances run by Flight for Life.
“The strain on our system is not only measured in hospital beds, we must also think of the people working in these hospitals,” said Palm.
The number of people hospitalized in Wisconsin with a positive case of COVID-19 continues to hit new highs. The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 873 active hospitalizations on Wednesday afternoon, the highest total since the pandemic began. The total is up 20 from Tuesday and 190 from a week ago.
DHS reports that a record 151 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours, bringing the outbreak total to 7,962.
New cases meanwhile are hovering at record levels.
Wisconsin recorded 2,319 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours according to the state Department of Health Services. Wednesday’s results come from 13,507 tests.
A total of 16,424 Wisconsin residents have tested positive in the past seven days, while 86,481 tests were processed. The seven-day case high before September, and now October, brought a surge of cases with it was 6,512 for the week of July 26th. A high of 99,920 tests was recorded for the week ending August 6th.
The seven and 14-day positive case rates now stand at 18.99% and 19.75%, the latter of which is an all-time high. The figure measures the percentage of tests that indicate a new case of COVID-19. The 14-day figure hit a low of 2.69% on June 19th.
DHS reported 16 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 1,415. There have been 548 deaths recorded in Milwaukee County. An average of 8.23 deaths per day have been reported across the state over the past 30 days.
Brown County has recorded 4,169.3 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 4,075.2). Forest County has record 3,768.2 cases per 100,000 residents. Kewaunee County has recorded 3,594.3 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 3,565.2). Oconto County has recorded 3,366.5 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 3,305.9). Shawano County has recorded 3,291.3 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 3,228.3). According to DHS data, 3,274.3 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (up from 3,244) since the outbreak began.
Winnebago (3,252.6), Calumet (3,228.7) and Outagamie (3,206.2) are the only other counties with more than 3,000 cases per 100,000 residents.
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 2,399.2 (up from 2,359.1). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 511.4 per 100,000 in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released last Wednesday.
Charts and Maps
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity
Cases and deaths by county
|Number of confirmed cases||Number of negatives*||Number of probable cases||Number of deaths**||Cases per 100,000 people (counties)||Deaths per 100,000 people (counties)||Case fatality percentage****|
|Fond du Lac||10/7/2020||2,600||25,030||74||14||2,515.20||13.5||0.50%|
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