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  • Wisconsin is battling record-high new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
  • Public health officials warn it will only get worse without action as winter approaches.

Coronavirus outbreaks are erupting in dozens of states across the U.S., with Wisconsin leading the pack as the newest Midwest hot spot. 

On Thursday, the state recorded 2,887 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases — the highest the state has seen since the onset of the pandemic. This brings the cumulative total of confirmed coronavirus cases recorded throughout the pandemic to 125,161 in Wisconsin as of Oct. 1.

Deaths resulting from coronavirus infections and related illnesses also hit a new record high, with the state health deporting 27 fatalities on Wednesday, the highest single-day death toll for the state. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 1,348.


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These grim new statistics follow Gov. Tony Evers (D) declaring a public health emergency on Sept. 23 as new cases continued to climb. On Tuesday, he confirmed the state was in the midst of a “crisis.”

"We are nine months into this pandemic," Evers told the press. "It's not slowing down. It's picking up speed. We have got to put the brakes on this pandemic."

Some 683 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 infections, an increase of 37 patients from the previous day, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. This figure also represents a grim record high as new cases skyrocket. 

In response to the surge, Evers emphasized the mandatory face mask ordinance and encouraged people to forgo going out and attending events where transmission may occur.

"Skip the play dates, the dinner parties, family get-togethers and work conferences or any other gatherings with people you don't live with for the time being," Evers said. "I cannot stress this enough. No party, no bar, no gathering is worth it."

Evers's administration enacted a Safer-At-Home order in April, which was struck down by the state’s Supreme Court in May following the ruling that the governor exceeded his authority in issuing the emergency declaration, according to Wisconsin Public Radio. 

Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, highlighted the growing concern that as cooler weather approaches and winter sets in, respiratory viruses like COVID-19 will spread faster.

"We're setting records now at a point which is the beginning of respiratory virus season," Westergaard said. "If we do nothing differently, I would say it's a high likelihood that it's going to get worse before it gets better."


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Published on Oct 01, 2020