Wisconsin isn’t seeing the ‘Thanksgiving Surge’ of COVID-19 many health experts predicted – But why?

MADISON, Wis. – Thursday marks two weeks since the Thanksgiving holiday, as well as the incubation period for the majority of COVID-19 cases that could have been shared during mass gatherings of friends and family. Yet testing, as well as new cases of Coronavirus are dropping in the state of Wisconsin.

“We’re not seeing it in the case of a lot of new cases coming up,” said Dr. Jeff Pothof, Chief Quality Officer for UW Health. “I don’t know if it’s just people are getting tested less and less often, or I don’t know if it’s a data issue where the broad availability of antigen tests are not filing into the databases that we’re looking at.”

Pothof says in addition, hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients are down throughout the state.

In Madison, testing at the Alliant Energy Center is down dramatically from where it was this time in November. On Tuesday, just 1900 people were tested on what was predicted to be one of the busiest days on record.

“Testing is down in Dane County and across the state,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison Dane County. “We don’t know exactly why this is.  It is quite possibly affected by many factors. For example some college students may have returned home and got tested before they returned.”

Pothof says despite this, nearly one in five COVID-19 tests are still coming back positive. He says until a vaccine is available, he will continue encouraging everyone make safe choices.