Wisconsin Reports 2,122 Positive COVID-19 Cases, 56 Deaths
Despite record increases, officials believe curve is flattening, "safer at home" working.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported the biggest one day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths on Saturday afternoon.
DHS data shows the 2,122 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin, an increase of 200 over yesterday.
DHS figures indicate that 1,682 people had tests processed in the past 24 hours, in line with most days this week, but down from yesterday’s high of 2,242. The percentage of individuals testing positive (11.89 percent) was the second-highest one-day figure since the state started reporting over 100 tests a day.
A total of 23,859 Wisconsin residents have now been tested for the disease.
The cumulative hospitalization rate is 28 percent with a total of 588 people with confirmed cases requiring hospitalization. Because of restrictions on who can get tested based on supply chain limitations, DHS officials note there are people that have the disease that won’t be tested and will recover.
The state’s reported death toll rose to 56 in the latest state data release, including 29 cases in Milwaukee County. But the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s data portal, as of 2 p.m. Saturday, is now showing 38 deaths.
But despite the ever-increasing numbers, state officials said it’s evidence that the “safer at home” order is having an impact.
“The important part, clearly the number of cases is growing, but it’s growing in a linear fashion,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, on Friday. He said rather than doubling (exponential growth), the daily growth rate is progressing steadily. Westergaard said the state viewed this week as critical for monitoring the disease’s spread based on outbreak data from China and other locations. “It’s actually really encouraging that we are flattening the curve.”
“While the numbers may not seem you are making a difference, believe me, you are,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.
Charts and Maps
Wisconsin COVID-19 summary
|Status||Number (%) of People as of 4/4/2020|
|Negative Test Result||23,859|
|Positive Test Result||2,112|
Percent of COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender
|Gender||Confirmed Cases as of 4/4/2020||Deaths as of 4/4/2020|
Summary of COVID-19 cases by age group
|Age Group (Years)||Cases as of 4/4/2020||Ever hospitalized as of 4/4/2020||Any Intensive Care as of 4/4/2020||Deaths as of 4/4/2020|
Number of positive results by county
|Wisconsin County||Positive as of 4/4/2020||Negative as of 4/4/2020||Deaths as of 4/4/2020|
|Fond du Lac||36||559||2|
*At the time of publication the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s data portal showed 38 COVID-19 related deaths.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said: “A total of 23,859 Wisconsin residents have now tested positive for the disease.” 23,859 Wisconsin residents have been tested, not tested positive.
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