UW System Coronavirus/COVID-19 EOC Update

June 15, 2020 


Beijing now seeing a cluster of cases after a long period without them. The FDA has revoked the emergency use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, indicating the drugs are unlikely to be effective and citing potentially severe side effects. A recent study showed 14 percent of COVID patients were hospitalized, 5 percent died, and 2 percent were in the ICU. A separate survey published in CDC MMWR showed about 80 percent supported stay-at-home orders and business closures, that recent restrictions struck the right balance, and wore a mask all or most of the time in public. CDC testing updates focusing on nursing homes and the homeless, not schools or universities. In Wisconsin, capability of 17,000 tests a day at 68 labs. DHS data shows 19 percent of cases are in the 20-29 age group. Seeing drop off of interest with compliance with contract tracing, people not interested in sharing contacts or following up. Also discussed proximal threats: if the threat did not materialize, individuals most likely will go back to old behaviors; if threat did materialize, most likely to continue to practice precautions. Communication of ‘we are in this together, we are doing this on behalf of everyone’ is more effective than punishment/threats.

Travel: European Union beginning to open borders for travel, probably still not viable for fall travel for international studies.

Plan Ahead Team: Draft documents being reviewed. Fall document will be ready in the near future.

Campus Updates: Student health services are getting together next week to compare notes on next steps.

Communications: Vice President for Administration Rob Cramer conducted more interviews Monday on fall 2020 planning.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
4:00 pm