Wisconsin’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow

Wisconsin recorded more coronavirus infections, logging 1,865 COVID-19 cases Sunday on the heels of a five-day streak in which the state reported more than 2,000 cases each day, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.



a man standing in front of a car parked in a parking lot: People line up in their vehicles to undergo the coronavirus disease tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services center, in Milwaukee, Oct. 2, 2020.


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People line up in their vehicles to undergo the coronavirus disease tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services center, in Milwaukee, Oct. 2, 2020.

In addition to rising case counts, the state’s seven-day average for positive COVID-19 tests was above 9% on Friday, nearly double the rate that health experts recommend.

A high positivity rate can be a sign that a state is only testing its sickest patients and failing to cast a net wide enough to accurately capture community transmission, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The World Health Organization recommends that governments get their positivity testing threshold below 5%.



a man standing next to a car in a parking lot: People line up in their vehicles to undergo the coronavirus disease tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services center, in Milwaukee, Oct. 2, 2020.


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Mental Health Services Disrupted During Pandemic, as Needs Grow: WHO | World News

GENEVA (Reuters) – Services for mentally ill and substance abuse patients have been disrupted worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the disease is expected to cause further distress for many, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Only 7% of the 134 countries responding to the WHO’s survey

reported that all mental health services were fully open, with 93% reporting curtailed services for various disorders, it said.

“We think that this is a forgotten aspect of COVID-19, in a sense part of the challenges that we face is that this is an under-funded area historically,” Dévora Kestel, director of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, told a news briefing.

Only 17% of countries have ensured additional funding to implement activities supporting growing mental health needs during the pandemic, she said.

“We estimate, and preliminary information is telling us, that there may be an increase in people with

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Coronavirus hospitalizations grow in the Midwest amid climbing cases

Growing coronavirus outbreaks across the American West and Midwest have started to take an alarming turn as some states report growing Covid-19 hospitalizations and a shrinking supply of beds for patients. 

Six states reached record high Covid-19 hospitalizations, based on a weekly average to smooth out the reporting, as of Friday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project, an independent volunteer organization launched by journalists at The Atlantic.  

Most of the states are based in the Midwest, including Missouri, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. 

There were at least 663 people in the hospital with Covid-19 in Wisconsin as of Friday, well beyond the state’s previous highs in April when roughly 400 people were hospitalized. Only 19% of the state’s hospital beds are available and 27% of the state’s Covid-19 patients are in the intensive-care unit, according to its data dashboard. 

In Missouri, there

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Aortic Valve Market to Grow with Double Digit Growth Rate in Coming Years: P&S Intelligence

NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Muir Health says that valvular diseases, such as aortic stenosis, are detected in 1.5 million people in the U.S. every year. Therefore, due to the rising incidence of such valvular diseases, the global aortic valve market is predicted to witness a high CAGR of 13.2% between 2020 and 2030. At this rate, the industry size will increase from $7,568.3 million in 2019 to $29,146.9 million by 2030, according to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence.

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Another such disease, the rising prevalence of which is driving the aortic valve market, is aortic regurgitation, as it requires valve replacement. The key reason behind the growing cases of such health conditions is the geriatric population, which is predicted to reach 1.5 billion by 2050, from 703 million in 2019, as per the UN. Further, rheumatic heart disease (RHD), which almost 33 million

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U.S. is ‘not in a good place’ as daily coronavirus cases grow, Fauci says

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a US Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine Covid-19, focusing on an update on the federal response in Washington, DC, on September 23, 2020.

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The United States is “not in a good place” as colder months loom and the number of newly reported coronavirus cases continues to swell beyond 40,000 people every day, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Monday. 

Covid-19 cases were growing by 5% or more, based on a weekly average to smooth out daily reporting, in 26 states as of Sunday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming reached record-high averages. 

Cases grew by nearly 9% nationwide compared with a week ago, moving just above 44,300

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