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6.1 percent of Wisconsin COVID-19 tests return positive; 8 more dead

MADISON (WKOW) -- For the first time since last Friday, Wisconsin reported over 1,000 cases in a single day, according to new numbers from state health officials.

The Department of Health Services reported 17,270 new test results, of which 1,059--or 6.1 percent--came back positive, according to the numbers released today.

The remaining tests, 93.9 percent returned negative results. However, a negative test only means the person tested did not have the disease at the time. They could still contract COVID-19.

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 held mostly steady at 887 new cases per day, from 896 a week ago.

DHS also listed eight new deaths, for a total of 919 people (1.8 percent of positive cases) killed by the disease.

The state reported 51 new hospitalizations. Wisconsin hospitals are currently treating 295 patients with COVID-19. Of those, 101 people are in intensive care units.

The state reported 16,211 new negative test results.

Of all positive cases reported since the pandemic began, 41,319, or 79.3 percent, are considered recovered.

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

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

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