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Wisconsin on Tuesday saw fewer than 200 new diagnoses of COVID-19 — the second straight day below that threshold, according to state Department of Health Services data. And fewer than 4% of tests in the latest daily results came back positive, the lowest proportion “since the state stopped including repeated tests of the same patients in its daily updates on March 30,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Another bit of promising news on Tuesday: Wisconsin had met five of six criteria set by Gov. Tony Evers to begin his plan to reopen businesses in phases, the newspaper noted.
But local signs of promise came as experts issued stern warnings in Washington, D.C. Testifying before a U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, an infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was among those who urged the public against reopening parts of society too quickly.
“If we do not respond in an adequate way when the fall comes, given that it is without a doubt that there will be infections that will be in the community, then we run the risk of having a resurgence,” Fauci said, according to The New York Times, adding that “there is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control.”
Just 4% of new coronavirus tests in Wisconsin are positive as state meets five of six reopening goals — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Data to note
A new Marquette University Law School survey suggests much of Wisconsin still supports Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home plan to slow the spread of COVID-19, although that support has declined in recent weeks.
In the May survey, 69% of respondents called it appropriate to close schools and businesses and restrict public gatherings during the pandemic, while 26% called the move an overreaction. That’s compared to an 86% to 10% split in late March.
The May survey showed that 64% approved of Evers’ handling of the coronavirus crisis, while 32% disapproved. In March, 76% approved and 17% disapproved.
Approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic declined to 44% in May, with 51% disapproving. In March, 51% approved while 46% disapproved.
Concern about the pandemic also decreased in the latest survey, with 50% saying they were very concerned and 31% somewhat concerned. That was down from 68% who were very concerned in March and 25% who were somewhat concerned.
The poll was conducted over cell phones and landlines May 3-7, with interviews of 811 registered Wisconsin voters. The poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
You can find the full survey results here.
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