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155 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, 50% More Counties Affected

One-day increase exceeds Thursday's total number of cases.

By - Mar 19th, 2020 02:06 pm
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COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to exponentially grow in Wisconsin.

There are now 155 cases of the disease in Wisconsin according to figures released Thursday afternoon by the Department of Health Services.

That’s an increase of 49 over Wednesday’s statewide total. The one-day increase is greater than the entire statewide total reported Monday (47).

The geography of the known cases continues to spread as well. Cases have now been confirmed in 21 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, up 50 percent from Wednesday. Cases were confirmed in 14 counties Wednesday and 11 Tuesday.

The number of negative tests recorded has reached 2,192 as of Thursday afternoon, an increase of 615 over Wednesday. But state and local officials have now raised repeated concerns about the fragility of the testing materials supply chain and the need to triage which tests are actually processed. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele cautioned Wednesday afternoon that actual case numbers should be looked at as a “lagging indicator.”

Based on data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through March 16th, up to 31 percent of individuals with confirmed cases could require hospitalization as the pandemic grows. Hospitalization has been required across every age group, but the rate grows with age.

Community transmission of the disease, where a new case can’t be traced back to a prior one, is only confirmed in four counties: Brown, Dane, Kenosha and Milwaukee.

Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results

Test Results Number of People as of 3/19/2020
Negative 2192
Positive 155

Number of Positive Results by County

Wisconsin County Total Cases as of 3/19/2020
Bayfield 1
Brown* 2
Calumet 1
Columbia 4
Dane* 27
Eau Claire 1
Fond du Lac 14
Kenosha* 4
La Crosse 2
Milwaukee* 62
Outagamie 1
Ozaukee 3
Pierce 1
Racine 3
Sauk 1
Sheboygan 6
Walworth 2
Washington 2
Waukesha 12
Winnebago 5
Wood 1
Total 155

* An asterisk indicates community spread has been identified.

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One thought on “155 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, 50% More Counties Affected”

  1. KrisG-K says:

    It would be very interesting to know what percentage of theses tests were on health care workers, and what percentage were on people who went to a health facility with symptoms.

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