According to the daily update from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) website, the new total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state has risen to 1,351, 130 more cases than yesterday’s total of 1,221. There have been 16 deaths confirmed in the state due to the outbreak. Vilas County has confirmed three cases so far, as has Oneida County.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, data shows that 53% of the total number of COVID-19 cases are female, while 47% are male. Data also shows that 20% of all cases are in the age group of those 60-69, while 19% of the infected are ages 50-59.

Gov. Tony Evers today sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting that the president issue a major disaster declaration for the entire state of Wisconsin as a result of the pandemic. The request covers all 72 counties and the state’s federally recognized tribes.

“The response to this virus has required a tremendous response from the state and all of its communities that far exceeds the resources currently available to us,” Evers said. “By seeking this declaration, we are hopeful the state will be able to access critical programs that are needed to deal with the pandemic now, and with the recovery that will be taking place down the road.

“The response to this outbreak has caused multiple deaths, exhausted many of our resources, resulted in record unemployment claims, and taken a toll on the community infrastructure that is in place to protect the public,” he said. “We need federal assistance to help rebuild those critical safety nets and ensure they remain strong.”

Evers also announced yesterday a new public-private partnership among Wisconsin industry leaders to increase Wisconsin's laboratory testing capacity for COVID-19. Prior to the announcement, the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene and the Milwaukee Public Health Lab were leading the Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network labs to bring additional COVID-19 testing online.

The new partnership now includes laboratory support from Exact Sciences, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Promega, and UW Health. These organizations, along with the Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network, will now share knowledge, resources, and technology to bolster Wisconsin’s testing capacity.

Residents who are seeking a COVID-19 test are still required to receive an order from a doctor. These labs are not testing sites. 

“While I am excited to announce these critical partnerships that will increase our capacity to fight this outbreak in Wisconsin, there are still very real challenges to obtaining supplies of critical laboratory materials,” Evers said. “The rapid spread of COVID-19 in other parts of the country and world are making these important supplies scarce, but with our new partners, and through the state’s ongoing efforts to obtain these materials from the federal government and through the private market, we are working day and night to reinforce our sources of these supplies.”