Governor: Wisconsin COVID-19 cases will peak in two weeks.

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    by News director
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    Tue Mar 31 2020
Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services held a press conference on COVID-19. Video still courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, public domain.

Author: Sam Buisman

Governor Tony Evers gives an expected timeline of the coronavirus in Wisconsin and clarifies testing policies in a Monday night press conference.

The governor said that experts predict that the number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin will peak in around two weeks.

While the Governor did not offer estimates on the number of cases or deaths Wisconsin will see, The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, whose COVID-19 models are used by the White House, estimates that Wisconsin will suffer a total of 1,309 coronavirus deaths. In the address, Governor Evers warned Wisconsinites that “we are heading into the worst of this.”

On testing, the governor touted Wisconsin's recent partnership with medical industry leaders to expand testing. However, Wisconsin Department of Health Services officials clarified that those who wish to get a test must still receive a doctor's note first.

The governor also urged Wisconsinites applying for unemployment insurance to do so online rather than over the phone, as the Department of Workforce Development is being overwhelmed with sometimes as many as 160 calls per second.