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Evers’ numbers don’t add up on COVID-19.

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON —Wisconsin, we have a problem.

It would seem Gov. Tony Evers and his team have way overstated the stress that COVID-19 would put on the state’s hospitals and medical resources.

As of Monday, 397 people were hospitalized with the novel coronavirus, representing about 0.0068 percent of the Badger State’s population, according to the Department of Health Services’ “Hospital Capabilities” webpage. Less than half of those were in Intensive Care.

The state has a total of 11,902 hospital beds, with 4,385 of those immediately available.

The vast majority of the 4,346 cases of COVID-19 were reported in southeast and southcentral Wisconsin, the most heavily populated areas of the state. Milwaukee has seen 2,140 cases thus far, and Dane County had 361 – representing more than half of all cases in the two counties alone.

About a quarter of the state’s 1,258 available ventilators were in use.

While COVID-19 remains a serious health risk, do these numbers justify effectively shutting down Wisconsin and its people for another month?

Meanwhile, some 400,000 Wisconsinites are out of work because so many “nonessential” businesses have been forced to shut down. The Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE) last week reported that north of 16 percent of Wisconsin is jobless — more than 6 full percentage points higher than the peak of the Great Recession. More than a quarter of the working population could be unemployed when all is said and done, according to some estimates.

And for what? All of those doomsday predictions by Evers’ health team have not come to pass, and it isn’t because the governor’s bubble-wrapping of Wisconsin worked. It’s because the numbers were so very wrong to begin with. And what does it say that Evers’ controversial Department of Health Services secretary has been loathe to show her math?

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4 thoughts on “Evers’ numbers don’t add up on COVID-19.

  • Finally, the chickens are coming home to roost – the so-called “models” (garbage in, garbage out) have spread more manure than our farmers use in a year – Fauci has been wrong since day one, so has Evers but since both are high ranking bureaucrats, they have been presumed to be the voice of the gods. Stanford and USC studies have proven them so badly wrong they should both be contemplating seppuku (except they have no honor to preserve).

  • So tired of the “Tokyo Rose” approach to this. Let’s get people get this state open for commerce and etc. If you don’t want to leave your home. Don’t, however the checks for those not working will stop coming eventually.

  • We need to recall him like they tried to do to Scott. We would be better off if Scott were still in office. We the people should have the last say. Not some nobrain idiot like Tony being in charge.

  • Can’t sacrifice the many for the few..food shortages farmers dumping milk, and businesses failing, families in turmoil, children in a tension filled home suffering abuse, essential surgery being deemed non essential . Thank you Mr Evers for this train wreck in WI is on you

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