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New daily COVID-19 cases remain over 1,000; over 17k tests tallied Friday

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Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 2:56 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin topped 1,000 for the third time in a week, pushing the average number of cases per day over the past week past the the 900 mark for the first time ever.

The latest figures from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services shows 1,018 new cases were recorded on Friday, however a increase in the the total number of tests tallied caused the percentage of tests that came back positive to (5.8%) its second lowest point in the last two weeks.

DHS’ daily tracker shows 17,456 tests were recorded on Friday, the most ever, and nearly three-quarters of the testing capacity in the state. Currently, the agency reports 83 labs are running tests and 24 more are planning to.

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

The three days with at least 1,000 cases combined with no days where that number fell below 700 drove the seven-day rolling average for the state to an all-time high of 916 cases per day.

Except for one day earlier this week, the rolling average has increased steadily for more than two weeks. On July 11, it stood at 661, more than 250 cases per day lower than it is now.

The increase in seven-day rolling average puts Wisconsin at risk of being added to Chicago’s list of states whose residents would be required to self-quarantine for two weeks after arriving in the Windy City. The mandate also calls for people who live in Chicago to quarantine themselves if they visit one of the listed states.

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

DHS reported the number of deaths in the state stayed flat Friday. Since the pandemic began, 878 people in Wisconsin have died from complications related to the coronavirus. That accounts for just under two percent of total cases.

The agency’s numbers show 46,917 people have tested positive so far, out of 842,197 people who have been tested. Of those confirmed cases, nearly 10,000, or approximately 1 in 5, are still active.

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