COVID-19 cases are declining, but doctors say you need to continue with safety protocols | Medicine
COVID-19 cases are declining, but doctors say you need to continue with safety protocols |  Medicine

COVID-19 cases are declining, but doctors say you need to continue with safety protocols | Medicine



COVID-19 cases fall in Wisconsin












MADISON (WKOW) – New cases of COVID-19 are declining across the country. In Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services reported that 16 counties are no longer in the critically high category of COVID-19.

“This is a really nice trend that we are seeing,” said Dr. Joe McBride, an infection doctor with UW Health.

In January, the state recorded record daily case numbers.

Now DHS reports a continued downward trend with just over 2,300 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

“The good news is that we are going in the right direction,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, DHS’s Chief Medical Officer. “The good news on the horizon is that this will be less burdensome for our hospital systems.”

Jenny Redman-Schell, chair of the Aspirus Health Group, said she can already see it unfolding.

“We are actually seeing a decline in hospital admissions and in our ICU admissions,” she said.

In January, Aspirus reported its lowest number, around 80 patients with COVID-19, down from 125.

Some doctors said this decline reflects how contagious the omicron variant was combined with when this variant reached its peak.

“The really unfortunate timing of what happened around the holiday, where a lot of people met and met,” McBride said. “What we are seeing now is the number of infections that were really consistent before the omicron rise.”

Because so many had been ill, doctors say some people still have some resistance to coronavirus.

“People who have recently acquired the infection themselves probably have a degree of natural immunity that can be measured in weeks to months, but should not be perceived as lifelong immunity as we would have with chickenpox,” McBride said.

This drop in COVID-19 cases is a good sign, but doctors say you should not give up on the right safety protocols.

“Continue the safe practice of social distancing, masking as needed, and vaccination,” Redman-Schell said.

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