Wisconsin Sets COVID-19 Testing Record, 1,018 New Cases
Third time in four days Wisconsin has recorded over 1,000 new cases.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reported a 24-hour COVID-19 testing high on Friday afternoon. Labs across the state processed 17,456 tests in the past day, eclipsing the previous high of 16,451 set June 3rd.
The testing surge comes as part of a sustained increase, with an average of 12,288.07 tests per day processed over the past two weeks. DHS reports 83 labs across the state have a combined daily testing capacity of 24,156.
From the tests, DHS reported 1,018 individuals have a new case of the disease. That’s the third time in the past four days the state has reported over 1,000 new cases, having never eclipsed the figure before.
Cases have increased with testing, but not just because increased testing is finding more asymptomatic cases. The positive case rate, the percentage of tests that confirm a new case of the disease, has increased over the past month.
DHS reported a positive case rate of 5.83 percent on Friday. The last time the testing high was set the positive case rate was 2.94 percent (483 cases).
A total of 46,917 people have tested positive for the disease since the outbreak began, with 21,154 of those coming in the past 30 days and 6,410 in the past week. DHS reports that 77 percent of individuals with a confirmed case have “recovered,” as defined by a documented abatement of symptoms or a diagnosis over 30 days ago. The percentage fell from a high of 79 as a surge in new cases was reported.
DHS reports 312 people are actively hospitalized. The figure could swing dramatically in the coming days not because of a change in on-the-ground reality, but of reporting requirements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hospitals are transitioning to new requirements according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. The figure has been unavailable for much of the week.
DHS reported that 54 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours with a confirmed case of the disease.
No new deaths were reported. The statewide death total stands at 848. An average of 4.03 deaths per day have been reported over the past 30 days.
Milwaukee County continues to have the worst outbreak in the state, both in total number and per-capita rate.
According to DHS data, 1,837.9 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (up from 1,802.2) since the outbreak began. Racine County has 1,452.9 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 1,429.9), Brown County, which is anchored by Green Bay, has 1,419.6 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 1,411.5).
Kenosha (1,308.7), Walworth (976.6), Trempealeau (866.2), Rock (775.8), Iron (734.9), Dane (704.4), Waukesha (695.4), Dodge (682.4), Forest (609.9), La Crosse (606.7), Jefferson (569.4) and Lafayette (561.7) are the only other counties with more than 550 cases per 100,000 residents.
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 811.9 (up from 794.3 yesterday).
Charts and Maps
Percent of COVID-19 cases by hospitalization status
|Hospitalization status||Number of confirmed cases as of 7/24/2020||Percent of confirmed cases as of 7/24/2020|
Percent of COVID-19 cases resulting in hospitalization within age group
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity
Number of positive cases and deaths by county
|Wisconsin County||Positive as of 7/24/2020||Negative as of 7/24/2020||Deaths as of 7/24/2020||Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 7/24/2020||Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 7/24/2020|
|Fond du Lac||473||12,867||6||462.3||1%|
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