Like many other states across the nation, Wisconsin took many different steps during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to stop the spread of this virus. Wisconsin’s Safer At Home order went into effect on March 25, 2020. The goal of Safer At Home was to prohibit nonessential travel and limit gatherings to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and ensure the capacity of Wisconsin’s health care system. On April 20, 2020, Governor Evers released the Badger Bounce Back Plan. Badger Bounce Back was rooted in science and public health practices and detailed Wisconsin's phased approach for reopening after the Safer At Home Order ended.
On May 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order and did not allow Wisconsin to begin slowly reopening by following the metrics and criteria outlined in the Badger Bounce Back Plan. While we were not able to implement the Badger Bounce Back Plan, we kept monitoring the data benchmarks and thresholds in the plan. This served as an important tool for Wisconsinites to use to understand our state’s daily disease activity and how our public health and health care systems were working together to keep Wisconsinites and front line responders safe and healthy.
In June 2020, we launched a new local data dashboard that provides county and regional data for local communities to use to better understand and respond to COVID-19. The data dashboard consists of maps and tables that toggle between counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) regions. The counties and regions are color-coded to indicate overall COVID-19 activity status: low, medium, or high. Overall activity status is a summary indicator based on two data points: the burden of cases and the trajectory of cases. Burden, also defined as case rate, is the total number of cases a county or region has per 100,000 Wisconsin residents in the past two weeks, and is described as low, moderate, moderately high, or high. Trajectory, also defined as case change, refers to the percent change of cases in the past two weeks, and is described as shrinking, growing, or having no significant change.
On September 30, 2020, we launched an expanded version of the local data dashboard to give even more information that our counties and communities need to understand the impact of COVID-19. At this same time, we decommissioned the daily Badger Bounce Back data updates as some of this data was incorporated into the local dashboard, moved to the cases webpage, or was already being shared on other pages in a slightly different format.
- The two symptoms graphs tracking the trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) and COVID-19-like syndromic cases (CLI) can be found on the disease activity local data dashboard.
- You can now find information on positive tests that was displayed for cases on our Wisconsin summary data page.
- The two visualizations for hospitals that tracked whether hospitals can affirm they can treat patients without crisis standards of care and have arranged for testing have been decommissioned, as hospitals have informed us that this is not a complete representation of the ability for hospitals to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospitals page now contains information about hospital resources and is the new location to find information about COVID-19 cases among health care workers. You can also find additional information for the hospitals in your region or county on the hospital capacity local data dashboard.