Study shows Wisconsin could start opening up on May 18

Posted at 5:39 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 18:39:14-04

WISCONSIN — With Wisconsin hitting its COVID-19 peak almost two weeks ago, a study conducted by the University of Washington shows Wisconsin should be able to start opening back up on May 18.

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Wisconsin saw its coronavirus peak on April 5 when there were 20 deaths within 24 hours. The state then saw a peak in resource use on April 11.

With both peaks passed, the next thing to look ahead to is the date where Wisconsin can begin returning to normal. That date, as predicted by IHME, will be May 18, as long as there are containment strategies that include testing, contact tracing, isolation, and limiting gathering size.

By that date, they are projecting Wisconsin will have seen 302 deaths, and will have a rate of zero deaths per day.

This study also shows that there was and will not be any shortages in hospital beds or ICU beds.

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