Milwaukee — In a statewide briefing on Friday, Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services warned that Wisconsin is now in a more severe situation than when COVID-19 first peaked last spring.
According to Designee Andrea Palm, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, more than 1,400 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in our state, causing strains in hospitals across Wisconsin.
The beds in the intensive care unit continue to fill up. The alternate medical facility in the National Exposition Park is currently treating 8 patients, the highest number to date.
“Every time you choose to stay at home, every time you decline a party invitation, every time you choose takeaway instead of dinner, and every time you make another sacrifice after months of sacrifice, it helps stop the spread,” Ever Said.
Wisconsin added 5,096 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday. Only once a day is so high.
From a surge perspective, in the past two months, the 7-day average number of new coronavirus cases in Wisconsin has increased by more than 500%. Palm revealed that Friday’s 7 days averaged 4,231
Dr. Ryan Westergaard of DHS said that according to the statewide COVID-19 antibody survey, the situation may get worse and then get better.
He said: “The worst-case scenario is that it is actually just beginning.” “Currently, less than 10% of people in Wisconsin are infected, which means that 90% of people are still unexposed and susceptible.”
He wanted to remind everyone that two weeks after exposure to the virus, people are still at risk of developing the virus and developing symptoms. He said that this is why physical alienation, wearing a mask and washing hands in public places is essential.
Governor Evers said that before Tuesday’s “election day” and numerous election campaigns approach, all government leaders at the state and federal levels need to set an example.
He said: “If we want to act right to stop the virus from moving forward, people must wear weird masks.” “It’s that simple. How do we convince people to do this? We need to make leaders wear masks. Practice preaching.”
Evers also asked Wisconsinians to pay attention to how they celebrate Halloween this weekend.
“Please stay home,” he said. “Avoid any face-to-face parties or gatherings. Don’t go to other homes or have other people in your own home. These people are not in your immediate family. Do virtual tricks. Host a masquerade or horror movie night on Zoom.”
These small sacrifices can save the lives of this epidemic.
Palm said: “We should do our best for the people who have lost their lives, their families and friends, and our relatives and ourselves.” “We need to wear masks and maintain physical distance. We need to maintain good hands. Hygiene practices, if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, please get tested. Then, if you are sure, you must isolate and notify anyone you have close contact with.”
From Thursday to Friday, another 24 people died from the coronavirus in Wisconsin. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the total number of COVID-19 deaths in our state has reached 1,972.
Although Evers and health leaders acknowledge that these latest figures are shocking and disappointing, they are indeed hopeful and say it is not too late to turn the corner and level the curve again.
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