MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin returned its second-highest single-day COVID-19 case total of the pandemic, according to data released by state health officials Thursday.
The Department of Health Services reported 15,264 new test results, of which 1,052–or 6.9 percent–came back positive, according to the numbers released today.
The remaining tests, 93.1 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 is up to 896 new cases per day, from 817 a week ago.
DHS also listed 13 new deaths, for a total of 878 people (1.9 percent of positive cases) killed by the disease.
The state reported 48 new hospitalizations. Wisconsin hospitals are currently treating 187 patients with COVID-19. Of those, 51 people are in intensive care units.
The state reported 14,212 new negative test results.
Of all positive cases reported since the pandemic began, 35,502, or 77.4 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.
Percentage of positive cases
Deaths, hospitalizations due to COVID-19
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services updates the statistics each day on its website around 2 p.m.
The new strain of the coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. A full list of symptoms is available on the Centers for Disease Control website.
In severe cases, pneumonia can develop. Those most at risk include the elderly, people with heart or lung disease as well as anyone at greater risk of infection.
For most, the virus is mild, presenting similarly to a common cold or the flu.
Anyone who thinks they may have the disease should call ahead to a hospital or clinic before going in for a diagnosis. Doing so gives the staff time to take the proper precautions so the virus does not spread.
Those needing emergency medical services should continue to use 911.
Number of positive cases and deaths by county
|Wisconsin County||Positive as of 7/23/2020||Negative as of 7/23/2020||Deaths as of 7/23/2020||Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 7/23/2020||Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 7/23/2020|
|Fond du Lac||463||12,737||6||452.5||1%|