Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm predicts the state’s coronavirus peak will happen in the next three to six weeks. The peak and an extension of “Safer at Home” depends on how much in-person voting contributed to the virus spreading.

Palm told Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce in a webinar the prediction is based on how well Wisconsin continues to implement Gov. Tony Evers’ “safer at home” order and “what the impact yesterday’s election might have on transmission rate.”

“We’re going to have to deal that into our model as the data becomes more available and it becomes more clear what Tuesday did to us,” she said.

The doubling time for infection has been closer to five days rather than 3.4 days in early March which Palm said “is a good sign.”

“We believe at this point, based on our model, based on the four or five other models that are  floating around, that our peak is anywhere from the next three weeks to probably six weeks,” she said.

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