This bulletin is being sent to local health officers, tribal health directors, health department staff, and key DPH staff.
MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers announced today that in just over six months, Wisconsin’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 1,000 people. Since early July, the average number of deaths and the seven-day average of new cases have been increasing. On July 9 the seven-day average was only two deaths reported per day, but nearly one month later the seven-day average was eight deaths reported per day.
“Even one death from COVID-19 is one too many,” said Gov. Evers. “To all the Wisconsinites dealing with the loss of a family member, a friend, a coworker, or a neighbor, I express my deepest condolences. Know that our hearts and thoughts are with you, and we are going to continue doing everything we can to fight this virus that has already taken the lives of so many across our state. ”
As Wisconsin passes this devastating milestone, it is important for Wisconsinites to take care of their emotional and mental health, as part of their overall health and well-being. In April, DHS launched the Resilient Wisconsin initiative to provide stress-reduction strategies and behavioral health resources.
“I know the news of 1,000 deaths in Wisconsin has affected me and all of us at DHS just like the rest of the state,” said Robin Matthies, Trauma and Resilience Program Manager in the Division of Public Health. “Practicing self-care isn’t selfish – it’s a best health practice just like washing your hands and wearing a face covering.”