Wisconsin Reports Over 6,000 New COVID-19 Cases for the First Time
62 deaths and 244 new hospitalizations.
For the first time, over 6,000 Wisconsin residents tested positive for a new case of COVID-19 in 24 hours. The state also reported totals for deaths and new hospitalizations that were both the second-highest on record.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 6,141 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday afternoon from 20,785 tests. It comes as the state has recorded over 5,900 in each of the past two days.
A record 35,973 cases have been reported in the past seven days, a total that is up over 500% in two months and eclipses the number of cases reported in March, April, May and June combined.
Officials have looked for the positive case rate to trend downward to indicate a slowing spread of disease and sufficient testing. Multiple public health benchmarks call for the positive case rate figure to be sustained under five percent.
The case surge is overwhelming health department contact tracing efforts and leading to record hospitalization levels and daily death totals.
On Thursday, the Wisconsin Hospital Association reported that a record 1,774 people were actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease, an increase of 27 over Wednesday and 321 over a week ago. The figure is scheduled to be updated at 3:30 p.m. Friday, after this article was published.
DHS reported 62 deaths Friday. A total of 2,256 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 616 in Milwaukee County. Officials confirmed last week that the total includes only people where a medical examiner determined the disease was a contributing factor in the death.
A record average of 28.03 deaths per day have been reported over the past 30 days. Thirty days ago the figure stood at 8.57.
Since September, Milwaukee County has gone from having the worst per-capita outbreak to the 19th worst in the state, even as its case and hospitalization load has surged to record levels.
Menominee County has recorded 8,831.6 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 8,603.4). Shawano County has recorded 7,006.8 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 6,837.1). Brown, Oconto, Kewaunee, Dodge, Forest, Calumet, Winnebago, Waushara, Langlade, Outagamie, Fond du Lac, Waupaca, Florence, Marinette, Sheboygan and Marquette counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.
According to DHS data, 5,044.1 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 4,955.6).
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 4,429.4 (up from 4,323.2). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 1,060.6 cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released Wednesday.
Charts and Maps
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity
Cases and deaths by county
|Number of confirmed cases||Number of negatives*||Number of probable cases||Number of deaths †||Number of probable deaths ‡||Cases per 100,000 people (counties)||Deaths per 100,000 people (counties)||Case fatality percentage ††|
|Fond du Lac||5,815||31,110||190||25||0||5,625.30||24.2||0.40%|
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