MADISON (WKOW) -- The seven day average of new cases is down, however 15 more people died since yesterday due to COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
The Department of Health Services reported 15,379 new test results, of which 832--or 5.4 percent--came back positive, according to the numbers released today.
The remaining tests, 94.6 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 dipped to 860 new cases per day, from 916 a week ago.
DHS also listed 15 new deaths, for a total of 934 people (1.8 percent of positive cases) killed by the disease.
The state reported 47 new hospitalizations.
The state reported 14,547 new negative test results.
Of all positive cases reported since the pandemic began, 42,307, or 80 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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting