WI Coronavirus Cases Fall; Tracing App Launched

WI Coronavirus Cases Fall; Tracing App Launched

Wisconsin’s coronavirus count is down.

The state’s Department of Public Health yesterday reported another dip in the state’s seven-day positivity average. That average is now just barely above nine-percent. It was twice that at the beginning of November.

DHS yesterday reported 69 new deaths.

Wisconsin’s app to track the coronavirus is now live.

The state launched the Wisconsin Exposure Notification app yesterday. Governor Evers says it’s the latest tool for the state to try and get a handle on the virus. The app uses your phone’s Bluetooth to ping other, nearby phones. If you test positive, the state gives you a code for the app, and the app then notifies all of the phones you were near that they were close to someone who has tested positive for the virus.

There are no names involved, and the governor’s office insists the app is private and anonymous.

Nationally, the cases keep climbing.  The CDC is painting a grim picture of the coronavirus pandemic in the New Year.  ‘

The health agency’s updated ensemble forecast shows the virus-related death toll in the U.S. could be as high as 419-thousand in the U.S. by the middle of January.  Just last week, the CDC projected as many as 391-thousand deaths by January 9th.  So far, the respiratory illness has killed more than 325-thousand Americans, the highest death toll of any country on Earth.

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