Wisconsin reports record-high 5,278 new COVID-19 cases, death toll now past 2,000

This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. They said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that genetic tests show a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he’d previously been infected with in March. Photo: NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP. This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. They said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that genetic tests show a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he’d previously been infected with in March.

Kyle Brown
Updated: October 31, 2020 04:25 PM
Created: October 31, 2020 04:12 PM

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 5,278 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, surpassing the state's previous record that was set earlier this week.

With 59 more deaths reported on Saturday, Wisconsin passed another grim milestone: 2,000 total deaths. The state's count now stands at 2,031. Over the past week, Wisconsin has averaged 37 deaths per day, according to DHS statistics.

Wisconsin has breached 5,000 daily cases in three of the past five days; the state had never reached the mark before then. Over the past seven days, the state has averaged 4,404 newly reported cases per day. To date, 225,370 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

To contextualize how bad Wisconsin's coronavirus surge has been in the past month, it took until Sept. 20 for the state to surpass 100,000 total cases. The DHS reported 103,096 cases in October alone, along with 704 deaths.

The percentage of positive tests also remains high. According to the DHS, an average of 28.8% of all people tested over the past seven days had contracted COVID-19.

The DHS also reported 229 new hospitalizations on Saturday. There are currently 1,546 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, with 350 in intensive care. About one-third of all patients are on ventilators.

A total of 11,374 patients have required hospitalization so far, according to the DHS.

So far 175,096 people are recovering from COVID-19 and no longer need isolation, while 48,208 cases remain active in Wisconsin — more than 20% of the state's confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.


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