MON AM News: “Talking Trade” podcast explains China-U.S. trade is in transition; COVID-19 hospitalizations at all-time highs

— China-U.S. trade is in transition, according to UW-Madison Asian trade Professor Ian Coxhead and M.E. Dey & Co. President Sandi Siegel.

The “Talking Trade” podcast hosts said this is because President Trump’s trade war has forced China President Xi Xinping to seek internal consumer production to serve growing domestic demand.’s new video podcast explores trade issues affecting Wisconsin and the Midwest. 

“Talking Trade” is supported by the Center for East Asian Studies at UW-Madison.

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— As COVID-19 hospitalizations reach all-time highs in Wisconsin, health officials warn against the impact of a bad flu season on hospital systems.

COVID-19 hospitalizations as of yesterday numbered 571 — just under Saturday’s record of 574 patients, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s coronavirus data dashboard.

WHA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Kaufman argued that despite being a lagging indicator, hospitalizations are the objective number of the status of COVID-19. While the number of positive tests can be influenced by how extensive the testing is, he said hospitalizations due to coronavirus will occur with or without a test.

The state’s COVID-19 ICU patients number 166 — a figure last seen in mid-April. 

“It is exactly … one of the things that makes this a critical moment in our response and why we need together to make choices that will help reduce the spread of this disease,” said Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm. “As we see flu season come into play, our frontline health care workers and our hospital systems are going to have to not only treat what they see on a regular basis, plus COVID, and now are faced with a flu season which does always result in hospitalizations and death.”

Dr. Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer of the state’s Bureau of Communicable Diseases, noted that fortunately, there are strategies to minimize the impact of influenza, such as vaccines and antiviral drugs. Additionally, prevention strategies for COVID-19, such as hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing, also prevent the flu.

“It’s in all of our interest to minimize how much influenza affects us,” Westergaard said. “It is tremendously concerning to think about the possibility of a bad flu season on top of a COVID-19 pandemic.”

DHS continues to push the message of getting a flu shot. Palm said it’s more important this year than any other to get vaccinated. 

“We will mitigate the need for hospitalization and taxing our health care system the fewer people who get flu this season,” she said. “The numbers we have seen in recent days in hospitalization are concerning and again emphasizes why it’s important to act now … We need to do things that have impacts a couple weeks from now considering the length of time it takes for COVID systems to develop.”

See the WHA hospital dashboard here: 

— Southeastern and south central Wisconsin are the only regions of seven in the state that haven’t seen record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 patients hospitalized despite having the largest cities.

But more outstate areas, such as the Fox Valley and northeastern Wisconsin, are seeing record numbers of patients. 

Southeastern Wisconsin continues to have the most COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state with 188 patients.

The Fox Valley region’s numbers have quadrupled since Sept. 1 going from 24 patients to 103 patients. Northeastern Wisconsin saw a nearly three-fold increase from 29 patients on Sept. 1 to 84 patients yesterday. 

North central Wiscsonin’s patient count more than tripled since the start of the month, northwest Wisconsin doubled and western Wisconsin quadrupled. 

– The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is supporting a 4,000-square-foot renovation on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee with a $144,400 community development grant. 

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin is renovating a vacant building into a social enterprise space that will hold its offices. The Chris Abele Legacy Co-Working and Innovation Space will provide workspace resources for African American entrepreneurs, including private offices available for lease and a shared commercial kitchen. It will also be built out with a coffee shop and retail space.

WEDC chief Missy Hughes, Milwaukee County Exec David Crowley, AACCW CEO Ossie Kendrix Jr. and other leaders announced on Friday the new partnership in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood.

“This project will bring essential resources to an underserved population in Milwaukee and allow more entrepreneurs to access affordable office space and technology to support their dreams,” Hughes said.

The AACCW expects up to 80 new businesses will launch over the next three years and up to 40 small businesses will expand. With over 250 existing members, it also expects a 25 percent increase in membership annually, according to a release.

“The Chris Abele Legacy Co-Working and Innovation Space is being developed by the AACCW to give African Americans a safe space to find themselves in the work of entrepreneurship and innovation, where they have largely been excluded,” Kendrix said.

See the release: 

— Since the first of the month, Wisconsin added over 39,000 COVID-19 cases to its cumulative count. That’s almost 34 percent of the total confirmed cases in the state. 

Yesterday’s 2,217 new coronavirus cases brought the seven-day average for daily confirmed cases up to 2,091 from Saturday’s 2,012 — a figure that has kept growing as new cases refuse to slow.

The new cases were out of 8,023 total tests received yesterday. That brought the daily rate of positive tests to 27.6 percent from 22.4 percent. The seven-day positive test average rose to 17.9 percent, a new record. That percentage has continued to move further from state health officials’ preferred rate of 5 percent or less. The state hasn’t been near that figure since late June. 

The state reports 115,862 cumulative COVID-19 cases with 95,513 of those people recovered. Meanwhile, about 1.1 percent of patients have died from the virus, a declining percentage.

Wisconsin added seven new COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, bringing the total to 1,281. Milwaukee County leads the toll with 528 reported deaths.

Counties reporting deaths in the double digits include: Racine (95), Waukesha (87), Kenosha (65), Brown (62), Dane (41), Walworth (35), Rock (32), Washington (32), Outagamie (29), Winnebago (26), Waupaca (20), Grant (19), Ozaukee (19), Dodge (16), Sheboygan (16), Marathon (14) and Fond du Lac (13).

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— The deadline for startups looking to pitch their companies at the 2020 Early Stage Symposium has been extended to Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The Wisconsin Technology Council’s annual symposium will be held Nov. 9-11 on a virtual platform.

Instructions for how to apply for all or a mix of the investor presentation opportunities can be found here: 

General registration is open here: 


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