Wisconsin health officials announced a new “extremely high” category of coronavirus case activity on Wednesday, with a surge in cases.
According to state health officials, the case activity combines the burden and trajectory of the case. As of Thursday morning, all counties in Wisconsin except seven counties are in the “extremely high” category.
Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said in a press release: “Too many of our communities are in trouble.” “From the perspective of these new data. , Wisconsin’s daily average number of cases is now more than the average number during the peak period of New York City last spring.”
Indeed, on Wednesday, Wisconsin reported more than 7,000 new cases per day. In early April, New York City reported more than 6,300 cases.
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The health department said that since October 28, the level of case activity in Wisconsin has been “very high.” According to the data, the state’s population reached 1,311 cases, exceeding the “extremely high” threshold of 1,000 cases per 100,000 people. Health officials said the purpose of the new category is also to help local officials make decisions to fight the virus.
Van Dijk said that with the surge in cases, public health officials have been unable to keep up with the pace of contact tracing, which is a strategy used to interrupt the chain of virus transmission. In late October, health officials in North Dakota asked residents to conduct their own contact tracing, because of the surge in virus cases, causing contact tracing in the state to be overwhelmed and lack resources. According to the Associated Press, although cases in 49 Midwestern states are increasing, the Midwest has been hit particularly hard.
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The news of Wisconsin’s new “extremely high” category came one day after hospitals within the Mayo Clinic medical system in the northwest of the state reached 100% capacity.
“The public urgently needs to treat COVID-19 as an emergency health measure to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed. We implore everyone to wear masks and follow all public health guidelines to limit the spread of this disease, hospital officials said Say.
Van Dijk added: “By helping people see serious illnesses in their counties and regions, we hope these data enhancements can help people make important decisions to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Madeline Farber of Fox News contributed to this report.
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