On the latest record day of the escalating coronavirus crisis in Wisconsin, the state reported more than 5,700 new cases and surpassed 50,000 active cases.
When voters voted in a major election Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health reported 5,771 new cases and 52 deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,102.
The previous record for new cases reported in one day, around 5,200, was set on Saturday. Before last week, the state had never reported more than 5,000 cases a day.
Tuesday’s figure brought the average for daily new shifts over the past seven days to a new high of 4,536, six times more than the seven-day average recorded two months ago, as did shifts in the state. starts to increase.
Also recording a new record on Tuesday was the average positive rate of 30.8%. This measure considers positive tests for the first time in the past seven days. Two months ago, the average positive rate was 5.2%.
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The outbreak of cases since early September has resulted in an increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to the virus, and health experts predict the situation will worsen when cases show no signs of slowing down.
The average daily death toll over the past seven days was 36. Two months ago, the figure was five.
Menominee County reported the first death from the virus on Tuesday, leaving Pepin County, southwest of Eau Claire, the last county of Wisconsin, to have no coronavirus deaths.
Hospital capacity is strained as hospital beds are always packed with COVID-19 patients, and hospitals across the state are reporting severe underemployment due to exposure to the virus by health workers. Community forced isolation at home.
As of Tuesday, there have been a record 1,714 people hospitalized for the virus in the state, including 347 patients in intensive care units. The number of active hospitalization patients in Wisconsin increased by almost 330 in the previous week.
The field hospital at State Fair Park treated seven patients on Tuesday, down from 13 days earlier, according to the state. Known as an alternative care facility, it aims to free up hospital bed spaces in hospitals and treat coronavirus patients who need a lower degree of care in the hospital.
And 30 minutes after the coronavirus test site at Miller Park opened on Tuesday, everyone was told to wait 2.5 hours. The site has been in a long line since it opened last week, and on Tuesday it was the only free, city-run testing site open when the Northwest and Namside Medical Centers were closed. for the election.
Last month was the worst month of the pandemic, with one of 60 Wisconsinit states getting a positive COVID-19 test result in October. About 33% of Wisconsin residents who died with COVID-19 did so in October. ten.
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More than 2.1 million people have been tested statewide for the virus. Of the 238,067 Wisconsinites who tested positive:
- 77.8%, or 185,241, were “recovered” to DHS standards, meaning that there was documentation to show their symptoms had resolved or it had been 30 days since their diagnosis.
- 21.3%, or 50,689, are considered “active”, meaning they haven’t recovered and are not dead.
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