COVID-19 Snapshot: U.S. Hits Coronavirus High, Local Numbers Fall, Gov. Evers Urges Safer at Home

COVID-19 Snapshot: U.S. Hits Coronavirus High, Local Numbers Fall, Gov. Evers Urges Safer at Home

The coronavirus affected a record number of Americans on Wednesday. 

The database at Johns Hopkins University says there were over 247-thousand new cases of coronavirus in the U.S. on Wednesday, shattering the previous all-time record.  There were also over 36-hundred COVID-19-related deaths reported yesterday, another daily record high.  It’s only the fourth time that the U.S. has seen over three-thousand coronavirus deaths in a single day.  A record number of Americans are also being hospitalized with COVID-19.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other health officials are awaiting a big decision from the FDA today.  

Here in our area, the number of people getting tested for the coronavirus in Chippewa County is about half what it was before Thanksgiving. The county’s public health director Angela Weideman yesterday said people may be feeling ‘testing fatigue.’

Weideman said they saw about two-thousand people get tested the week before Thanksgiving, and she says that’s now down to about a thousand people per-week. Wisconsin’s coronavirus numbers have been steadily falling since the middle of last month.

Wisconsin’s governor is once again telling people to stay home and stay away from others during the holidays.

Governor Tony Evers yesterday joined the governors of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Ohio im urging people not to travel or celebrate the holidays with anyone outside of their home. Evers says even one infection could flood Wisconsin’s hospitals. The governor said the same thing before Thanksgiving. However, the latest numbers from the Department of Health Services show Wisconsin’s coronavirus count is falling.

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