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579 new COVID-19 cases reported in Wisconsin ahead of the holiday weekend

MADISON (WKOW) -- The percentage of new COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin to come back positive jumped up Friday as total tests declined heading into the holiday weekend.

The Department of Health Services reported 10,186 new test results, of which 579--or 5.7 percent--came back positive, according to the numbers released today.

Measuring the percentage of new cases returned in tests each day helps differentiate if increases in cases are due to greater spread or more testing, according to DHS.

The seven-day average, another measure reported by DHS, has risen over the last several weeks.

As infections increase in the state, health officials have urged Wisconsinites not to travel over the Fourth of July weekend.

DHS also reported seven deaths and 36 new hospitalizations.

Over 573,000 tests have come back negative since testing began.

Of the 30,317 positive cases, 24,043, or 79 percent have recovered.

DHS now has a county-level dashboard to assess the COVID-19 activity level in counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition regions that measures what DHS calls the burden in each county. View the dashboard HERE.

The COVID-19 Compass for La Crosse County continues to sit in the Severe Risk (RED) category for the spread of the virus in the community.

Beginning Monday, the county said that they were changing the way they notify businesses that appear on their Outbreaks and Investigations page. They said they would only be notifying a business if there was a high-risk exposure to the virus. Medium and low-risk businesses would not be notified unless the exposure involved an employee. Get details of those changes here.

The Outbreaks and Investigations page gives locations, dates, and some times when people who later tested positive for the virus visited. The health department will update it at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Find that information here.

Anyone who was at one of the high-risk locations mentioned on the page on the dates is asked to fill out a screening and referral form found here.

State figures for the Western Region, which includes Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, and Crawford counties, show four people hospitalized with COVID-19, down three from the day before. None of them are in need of intensive care.

In the state, there are 244 (+8) people hospitalized with the virus. 75 (+1) are in intensive care.

The Monroe County Health Department reported six new cases on Friday. Kayleigh Day with the department said one of the six were tested at the National Guard testing site in Tomah on Tuesday. The six cases involve a man in his 20s, a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 40s, one woman in her 50s, and two women in their 60s.

Some counties update their figures later in the afternoon or may update on Monday due to the holiday weekend. We will update the table below when new information becomes available.

Here is a look at the case counts in the region:

Buffalo8 1,0152
Crawford38 2,4420
Grant164 5,74313
Jackson30 3,3101
La Crosse48212,5090
Monroe79 (+6)4,6741
Trempealeau128 (+5)3,4470
Vernon38 2,8540
Figures in the table are provided by each individual county's health department

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Kevin Millard

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