'We are flattening the curve': Wisconsin health official says state is making progress with COVID-19

Posted at 5:21 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:56:01-04

WISCONSIN — Wisconsin's chief medical officer for communicable diseases says that data on coronavirus infections continues to show that the state is "flattening the curve."

Dr. Ryan Westergaard first said on Monday that there were positive signs with the slowing increase in COVID-19 cases, a message he repeated again Thursday and Friday.

He says, "We are flattening the curve." Westergaard calls it a "glimmer of hope that what we're doing is making a big difference."

Wisconsin is under a stay-at-home order which has resulted in the closing of schools and all nonessential businesses. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have gone up each day this week between 10% and 14%. But that is a lower increase than what earlier models, based on projections through the first half of March, were showing, he said.

As of Friday, there were more than 1,900 confirmed cases in the state and 48 deaths.

Even with the positive news, state health officials have said Wisconsin may not hit a peak in cases for weeks and they won't project when it will be safe to loosen the limitations on movement and allow businesses to reopen. Gov. Tony Evers' emergency order for people to remain at home runs through April 24, but could be extended.

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