Wisconsin reports more new COVID-19 cases on a daily basis than New York City records during the peak of the spring coronavirus surge.
Although antibody studies and mortality have shown that many cases have not been confirmed due to lack of testing, there were an average of 5,426 cases per day in New York City in mid-April.
Wisconsin’s 7-day average on Wednesday was 5,984, the highest level in the state’s history and one of the highest levels in the United States.
The seven-day average number of cases (a method designed to eliminate data anomalies and indicate trends) has increased by more than 1,000 last week, and has increased by 500% in the past two months.
“Too many of our communities are in trouble,” Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary of the State Department of Health Services, said in a statement on Wednesday.
She said: “Due to these extremely high levels of disease, public health is no longer able to fully contact the traces, hospital beds are flooded with COVID-19 patients, and many families in Wisconsin are losing their loved ones due to this virus.”
The Department of Homeland Security reported 7,048 new COVID-19 cases and 62 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 2,457.
Both the number of daily cases and deaths were lower than the record highs set on Tuesday. This is the third time in five days that the state has reported more than 7,000 new cases per day.
Last week was the worst of the pandemic. Wisconsin has reported nearly 42,000 new cases and 301 deaths in the last seven days.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been nearly 286,000 cases and the state is expected to reach the 300,000 mark in record time.
Governor Tony Evers said: “It took us seven and a half months to resolve 100,000 cases. However, it took only 36 days to spend another 10 days. As things develop, we can add another 100,000 in 10 days. .” in addresses across the state on Tuesday night.
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Health experts say that the surge in cases that began in early September has accelerated in recent weeks, leading to a surge in hospitalizations and deaths, which will only worsen. Hospitals across the state are facing severe staff shortages and shrinking beds.
According to state data, 90% of hospital beds are in use statewide, and only 121 ICU beds are available-if current trends continue, supply is expected to disappear within a few days.
As of Wednesday, 2,102 people have been infected with the virus, including 441 intensive care unit patients. Both of these figures hit record highs.
In the past two months, the number of hospitalizations has increased more than sixfold, and the number of deaths has increased sevenfold.
Last week, the state reported that an average of 43 people died from the virus every day. Two months ago, it reported about six deaths a day.
Pepin County reported its first death from the coronavirus on Wednesday, meaning that all 72 counties in Wisconsin have died from the virus.
The virus is so widespread that the state added a new level to its disease activity chart on Wednesday. Disease activity measures the number of cases per 100,000 people in a county in the past two weeks and the trajectory of the virus in that county.
In last week’s update, all counties ranked the highest, “very high.” To obtain “very high” disease activity, a county’s incidence rate must exceed 350 cases per 100,000 people.
In order to reach the newly created highest level (“extremely high”), counties must report an incidence rate of at least 1,000 cases per 100,000 people. 65 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties met this threshold.
Seven counties even reported more than 2,000 case rates: Jackson, Menomine, Dodge, Wasala, Barron, Chippewa and Juneau.
The seven counties not in the “extremely high” column are all “very high”: Douglas, Washburn, Burnett, Dane, Green, Vernon and Walworth. With the exception of Green County, the development trajectory of all countries is growing.
The average positive rate on Wednesday was 35.9%. The metric looks at the first positive test in the past 7 days.
All National Guard test venues are closed on Veterans Day.
In Milwaukee, the health center test sites in the northwest and south have been closed, but the Miller Park test site, run by members of the National Guard and Milwaukee Health Department staff, is still open. Find a list of community test sites here.
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