New daily COVID-19 cases retreats, but the average keeps rising

Seven-day rolling average pushes toward 800 cases per day
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 2:29 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The number of new, confirmed coronavirus cases reported in Wisconsin slipped by more than a hundred in the latest Dept. of Health Services daily report, however the 821 new positive tests means the state is experiencing historically high levels.

Wednesday’s figure was off from the all-time high 964 new cases reported on the previous day, but because it was still higher than the 598 cases reported at this time last week, the seven-day rolling average continues to climb and has nearly reached the 800 mark. At this time last week, the average stood at 596, exactly 200 cases per day lower.

(Dept. of Health Services)

The 13,925 total tests tallied Wednesday is down slightly from the prior day, letting the percentage of ones that came back positive fall to 5.9 percent, the lowest percentage since last Thursday.

Since July 3, the percent-positive has only dipped below five percent once, when it fell to 3.9 percent. Conversely, it has exceeded 10 percent thrice, although each of those days reported fewer total test results than the average over that period.

Number of COVID-19 test results (positive or negative) and the percent positive, by day (last 14 days)
Number of COVID-19 test results (positive or negative) and the percent positive, by day (last 14 days)(Dept. of Health Services)


Including Wednesday’s numbers, 38,727 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began. Nearly 30,000 of them have already recovered, while just under 8,000 people are still battling the virus. Ten percent of those infected have needed to be hospitalized.

The state reported one more death, pushing that total to 827, or approximately two percent of cases.

(Dept. of Health Services)

County Breakdown

A county-by-county breakdown of COVID-19, per DHS daily report.

Adams Co.452
Brown Co.3,34844
Columbia Co.1291
Dane Co.3,24233
Dodge Co.5375
Grant Co.22313
Green Co.1101
Green Lake Co.430
Iowa Co.470
Jefferson Co.3844
Juneau Co.591
Lafayette Co.840
Marquette Co.551
Milwaukee Co.14,679403
Richland Co.174
Rock Co.1,08124
Sauk Co.1913
Waukesha Co.1,87840

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