5 Fast Facts for Wisconsin’s Paychecks
November 19, 2020
Corona Surge: What does it mean?
With COVID cases surging, we might be in for a long winter, though us optimists remember it’s always darkest before the dawn. Paychecks are concerned, but knowledge is power, context is key, and yes, vitamin D is a good idea to help your body fight COVID! So, here's some Fast Facts to shine a light on the situation:
- WI health officials say only 8% of intensive care beds available - Meanwhile, hospitals are already postponing elective surgeries to prepare for a possible wave of sick COVID patients AND all the emergency sniffles that come every winter season.
- Healthcare officials think that 5,000 more Wisconsinites could die by January - this would double the deaths so far all year! Just for context, about 50,000 people die in WI every year, and 2,395 Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19 since known cases were first announced earlier this year.
- More lockdowns? Gov. Evers signed an executive order that strongly encouraged residents to follow safety guidelines - but the executive order did not require anything new. The guidelines include avoiding travel, staying home while sick, and wearing PPE, among other things.
- Newest Coronavirus vaccine trial data show that it’s more than 94% effective - Whoo hoo!!! This is great news! Of course, the vaccine still needs to be certified by more experts but we can expect the vaccine to be ready ASAP for our frontline workers and the most vulnerable in the next few months.
- Pandemic relief is a constant debate in the halls of congresses everywhere - Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have hemmed and hawed over pandemic relief lately. And, Gov. Evers said that this week will see new pandemic relief legislation for the thousands of Wisconsinites out of work.
Wisconsinites are faced with no new regulations BUT are still pinned down by economic restrictions due to job losses and the threat of illness. Lots to watch as policymakers in Wisconsin and Washington hem and haw over government led Covid-cash. And with multiple vaccines on their way, we’re hopefully just a few months from the end of COVID.