Wisconsin Sets New COVID-19 Testing High
Surge in testing comes as testing capacity drops because of supply shortage.
Wisconsin set a new single-day COVID-19 testing record according to data released Thursday afternoon by the Department of Health Services.
DHS reported that 5,860 tests were processed in the past 24 hours, above the 14-day average of 4,116 tests.
But the surge in testing wasn’t accompanied by a drop in the percentage of tests coming back positive. A total of 373 new cases were confirmed, a 6.37 percent rate, above yesterday’s report of 6.25 percent, but below the seven and 14-day averages of 6.51 and 7.67 percent.
Wisconsin is currently in compliance with four of the six metrics in the Badger Bounce Back plan, down one from yesterday. The trend downward in the number of emergency department visits with suspected COVID-19 related concerns over the last 14 days is no longer statistically significant. The criteria, which were to be used to reopen the state in a phased manner before the Supreme Court invalidated the Safer at Home order, come from the White House.
The testing total comes as the Wisconsin National Guard has collected over 4,000 specimens at testing sites each day for the past three days. Other private facilities, including clinics and hospitals, are also collecting specimens for testing.
The reported testing capacity for the state has fallen in recent days from 13,797 to 13,372. “When I talked to folks this morning, it sounds like we do have a couple of labs that are expecting a reagent shortage,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm during a Thursday afternoon press briefing.
The death toll from the virus has reached 434, with 13 newly-confirmed deaths in the past 24 hours.
Milwaukee County is the site of 4,387 of the 11,275 confirmed cases and 242 of the 434 deaths according to state data.
For the second day in a row, Milwaukee County recorded a greater per-capita growth rate than the state-leading Brown County.
Brown County, which is anchored by Green Bay, now has 769.5 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 762.9 yesterday). Milwaukee County has 459.8 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 441.7. On April 16th, Brown County had only 53.5 cases per 100,000 residents while Milwaukee had 204. Brown County now has 21 confirmed deaths and 1,999 confirmed cases.
Kenosha County has the third-highest rate at 452.7 cases per 100,000 residents. Racine (426.3), Walworth (243.7), Rock (242.9), Kewaunee (142.4), Grant (135.1), Ozaukee (128), Sauk (116.4), Fond du Lac (116.3), Waukesha (111.3), Crawford (110.5) and Green (105.8) are the only other counties with more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents.
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents has risen to 195.1 (up from 188.7).
There are currently 920 ventilators and 375 intensive care unit (ICU) beds available across the state according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Since the data became publicly available on April 10th, WHA has reported an average of 926 ventilators and 430 ICU beds as available.
Charts and Maps
Wisconsin COVID-19 summary
|Status||Number (%) of People as of 5/14/2020|
|Negative Test Results||122,598|
|Positive Test Results||11,275|
Percent of COVID-19 cases by hospitalization status
|Hospitilization status||Number of confirmed cases as of 5/14/2020||Percent of confirmed cases as of 5/14/2020|
Summary of COVID-19 cases by age group
|Age Group (Years)||Cases as of 5/14/2020||Ever hospitalized as of 5/14/2020||Any Intensive Care as of 5/14/2020||Deaths as of 5/14/2020|
Percent of COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender
|Gender||Confirmed Cases as of 5/14/2020||Deaths as of 5/14/2020|
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race
|Race||Number of cases as of 5/14/2020||Percent of cases as of 5/14/2020||Number of deaths as of 5/14/2020||Percent of deaths as of 5/14/2020|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||420||4%||9||2%|
|Multiple or Other races||1,168||10%||2||0%|
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity
|Ethnicity||Number of cases as of 5/14/2020||Percent of cases as of 5/14/2020||Number of deaths as of 5/14/2020||Percent of deaths as of 5/14/2020|
|Hispanic or Latino||3,489||31%||31||7%|
|Not Hispanic or Latino||6,620||59%||394||91%|
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