Why is the Safer at Home order being extended? According to the model created by DHS, Wisconsin was projected to have between 440 and 1,500 deaths from COVID-19 by April 8th. These numbers were based on projected significant exponential growth in positive cases; however, since the Safer at Home Order, there has been a decrease in exponential growth in the number of cases and by April 8th, Wisconsin only had 99 deaths.
Without effective treatments or a vaccine, the only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is through non-pharmaceutical interventions. The Safer at Home Order has been our main intervention in Wisconsin, and we are beginning to see the results. We will continue to work with local health departments to develop capacity to implement effective containment strategies across the state. Relaxing the