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DHS Media Call for 10/20/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/20/2020

October 20, 2020

This is today's COVID-19 Media Call. 


  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer for the DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases   
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

When: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.                 

Weekend upgrade confuses the COVID-19 number - but it is still clear we have a problem

COVID virus
October 19, 2020

As you will see if you look at the COVID graphs for today on the site, the reporting from the state was a little disrupted over the weekend as the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System was being upgraded to be more flexible and powerful. A lot of data flowed out of the system again this afternoon after a weekend period of no reporting. DHS recommends looking at the 7-day average of cases rather than individual days, as that makes the general trends much clearer. 

Tony Evers' order on restaurant and bar capacity upheld

Governor Tony Evers
October 19, 2020

A Baron Court judge ruled against the Tavern League and upheld the rule imposed by the Evers administration that limited the size of public gatherings to 25% of the legal capacity of the venue. This will again affect the number of people that restaurants and bars can serve.

Inside the fall of the CDC

CDC Logo
October 18, 2020

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At 7:47 a.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Jay Butler pounded out a grim email to colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Dunn County COVID-19 update with KT Gallagher for Oct. 16, 2020

KT Gallagher
October 17, 2020

This week's update and information about how COVID is spreading in the county.

DHS Media Briefing for Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 - Gov. Evers announces broadband grants

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/15/2020

October 15, 2020

In today's media briefing Governor Evers talks about funding for broadband as part of recovering from the pandemic. More information on the broadband grants is included below. The press conference also covers the dangerous state of hospital bed availability in the state and the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.


Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing 10/14/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/14/2020

October 14, 2020

This media briefing is a Q&A session on the Alternate Care Facility.

Will be streamed live on YouTube


  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Deb Standridge, CEO of the Wisconsin State Fair Park Alternate Care Facility

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.  ** Note time change               

Judge temporarily blocks Evers' order limiting gathering size

COVID virus
October 14, 2020

This morning Sawyer County Circuit Judge John Yackel placed a temporary order to stop the enforcement of the state order limiting the size of indoor businesses to 25% if capacity. The order was in response to a lawsuit brought by the Wisconsin Tavern League. In a statement yesterday League President Chris Marsicano stated the order by DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm was "invalid and unenforceable" and businesses cannot survive a 75% cut in customers."

Department of Health Services COVID-19 update for 10/13/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/13/2020

October 13, 2020


  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Stephanie Smiley, Interim DPH Administrator and State Health Officer 
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.                 

Judge rules in favor of Gov. Evers in face mask case

Governor Evers
October 12, 2020

A Wisconsin judge has ruled in favor of Governor Evers in a lawsuit brought by state Republicans and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. The case attempted to stop the governor from issuing an order requiring the wearing of face masks, and, more extensively, the ability of the governor to issue health orders in an emergency.

Weekly Dunn County COVID-19 update for 10/9/2020

County Data Graphic
October 10, 2020

This is the week's Dunn County COVID-19 update with KT Gallagher. As of Friday the county's COVID activity level was still very high, and there has still only been one death in the county. Two are currently hospitalized and there are 107 active cases in the county.

Eau Claire County releases new COVID-19 Situation Report

October 9, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has released an updated COVID-19 situation report. Locally the numbers have become more under control recently, despite new state-wide records. Nonetheless, the statistics are still very high and concerning, particularly since they are making contact tracing very difficult through the whole Chippewa Valley.

Dunn County Social Media COVID-19 Update

October 7 COVID-19 update
October 9, 2020

Dunn County is making some changes to how COVID-19 data is reported in social media posts. The new posts provide more detail. In a press release today Dunn County Public Health Director KT Gallagher explained the changes:

Wisconsin sets new COVID-19 records of cases and hospitalization

COVID cases graph
October 8, 2020

Wisconsin set a new record of COVID-19 cases, with 3,132 new cases. This marks the first time that the number of new cases in a single day has surpassed 3000. There are currently almost 16,800 active cases in the state.

The number of hospitalizations has also reached a new high, with 907 people hospitalized, which is 238 more than a week ago. Hospitals in some parts of the state are now reaching their capacity. 228 people are in ICU in the hospitals.

Potential COVID-19 exposures in Eau Claire

October 8, 2020

Two more potential COVID-19 exposures have been reported recently in Eau Claire.