WisBusiness, WisPolitics Health Care Report September 16

WisBusiness, WisPolitics Health Care Report September 16

The seven-day average for new COVID-19 deaths in the state has largely been on the rise for several weeks, reaching 12 deaths per day at the latest count. 

That rate was just two deaths per day one month earlier. A total of 7,806 COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed in the state, the Department of Health Services dashboard shows.

Meanwhile, the seven-day average for new cases in the state saw a recent spike, reaching 2,110 cases per day yesterday. That’s the highest it’s been since mid-January.

As of today, 56 percent of the state’s population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 52.7 percent have completed the vaccine series. On the national level, 63.5 percent of the U.S. population have gotten at least one dose and 54.2 percent are fully vaccinated.

See the case numbers here, death numbers here and data on vaccinations here.

First Lady Jill Biden in Milwaukee praised the president’s new plan to tackle COVID-19 in schools even as students and teachers around the state experience outbreaks.

The plan, announced last week, includes vaccination requirements for teachers and other employees of schools run by federal agencies. The president also called on states to adopt vaccine requirements for school employees.

“We can’t know what the future holds but we know what we owe our children,” Jill Biden said during yesterday’s visit to Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School. “We owe them a promise that we’ll do all that we can to keep their schools open, and as safe as possible. We owe them a commitment to follow the science, and we owe them unity. So we can fight the virus, and not each other.”

But a Republican National Committee spokesperson, Preya Samsundar, criticized the administration’s plan.

“No visit from Jill Biden will erase the fact that the Biden administration is actively seeking to take away the rights of Badger Staters with their unconstitutional executive orders,” Samsundar said.

The first lady also applauded the American Rescue Plan Act ​​for expanding access to broadband, creating more learning opportunities outside of the classroom and providing additional mental health support. She added that the Biden administration is working closely with Gov. Tony Evers on reopening efforts.

Biden participated in a listening session with teachers and parents about virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and preventing transmission during the ongoing transition back to in-person classes.

“I know this is complicated, but we’re going to keep listening and we’re going to keep learning from your experiences, and we are committed to working as hard for your children as you do,” Biden said during the discussion. “And together, I know that we are going to find a way forward.”

But COVID-19 outbreaks in Wisconsin schools are already happening.

More than 300 Wisconsin schools have confirmed two or more cases of COVID-19, according to Department of Health Services data. Hundreds of staff and students in south central Wisconsin are quarantining, and Madison Metropolitan School District has 45 confirmed COVID-19 cases with more than 100 people in quarantine.

See more from her remarks at WisPolitics.com.

Attorney General Josh Kaul has announced the state Department of Justice signed onto an amicus brief backing the U.S. Department of Justice’s challenge to Texas’ ban on abortion after six weeks.

Kaul is one of nearly two dozen Dem AGs who signed onto the brief, which backs the request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.