Wisconsin experiences elevated variety of COVID-19 instances, although Omicron variant not detected | WUWM 89.7 FM

State well being officers are once more voicing issues in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin. Nevertheless, the lately found, extremely publicized, and apparently fast-spreading Omicron variant has not been reported in Wisconsin.

The Omicron variant has been present in Minnesota.

On Thursday, the Division of Well being Companies stated not solely did Wisconsin lately prime 9,000 deaths resulting from COVID-19 because the starting of the pandemic, however DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake stated a couple of thousand of latest coronavirus instances are being added every day.

“These are numbers we’ve not seen since final December,” Timberlake instructed the information media.


Wisconsin Division of Well being Companies Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake speaks throughout a media briefing on Thursday.

Timberlake stated the massive downside proper now could be the Delta variant of the virus, which first began inflicting issues this yr. She stated that variant is present in 99% of the virus samples that the state’s laboratory companions consider.

“The fact is that Delta is that rather more contagious. And since we had some teams of individuals 65 and over who have been extremely, extremely vaccinated, however different teams of individuals, youthful adults and kids who weren’t vaccinated to the identical diploma…Delta discovered a number of individuals,” Timberlake stated.

Kids as younger as 5 years outdated can now be vaccinated, and extra are getting their pictures. However Timberlake stated the rise in COVID instances is essentially youth-related.

“Though kids do not get as sick usually as older individuals do with COVID-19, nonetheless, we have now had 1,800 younger individuals within the hospital with COVID-19, and I can not consider a scarier circumstance as a mother or father than to be managing one thing like that,” Timberlake stated.

Additionally, Timberlake stated as a result of kids usually reside in households, there is a danger of any an infection in an adolescent being transmitted to an older individual.

The present upswing in COVID instances has once more stretched hospital capability in Wisconsin, together with intensive care beds.

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Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO of Prevea Well being, speaks to the information media Thursday.

Dr. Ashok Rai is President and CEO of Prevea Well being in Northeast Wisconsin. He stated COVID-19 sufferers are extraordinarily labor intensive.

“One COVID affected person might take as much as three beds for a distinct kind of illness,” Rai stated. “We’d like your assist. We’d like to ensure hospitals are there for everyone and that care can keep native.”

Well being officers say the most important assist individuals can present is for the unvaccinated to get the vaccine.

About 60% of Wisconsin residents are absolutely vaccinated. Roughly two-thirds have acquired at the very least one shot.

Many native pharmacies provide free vaccines and the booster shot for many who qualify. The Milwaukee Well being Division and the Milwaukee Bucks are teaming up for an additional vaccination clinic Saturday on the Fiserv Discussion board. It is open to everybody.

Get a vaccine, and you may take a photograph with the Bucks NBA Championship trophy and be entered right into a drawing for tickets to Saturday evening’s Bucks house recreation.


Fiserv Discussion board Atrium
1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Free Parking accessible within the Highland Avenue Parking Storage
1030 N. 6th Avenue

Saturday, December 4, 2021
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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