Average number of COVID-19 deaths per day hits all-time high
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - After a two-day respite, the number of new coronavirus cases across Wisconsin has again topped the 2,000 mark, as the recent upturn in deaths keeps pushing the state into uncharted territory.
The latest update from the Dept. of Health Services show 2,020 more COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday. Despite the jump over Monday’s total, the latest figure is down over last week, allowing the seven-day rolling average to fall again. That average has dropped every day since hitting the all-time high of 2,450 cases per day for the previous. Still, the 2,346 cases per day where it sits now, is still higher than all but one day prior to the past two weeks.
The state health agency tallied 11,559 total tests Tuesday, which put the percentage of them that came back positive at 17.4 percent.
The 18 deaths recorded Tuesday continues an upward trend that has the state averaging more than 14 deaths per day over the past week. After the seven-day rolling average hit that number for the first time Monday, it increased again - although DHS' tracker rounded the figure down to 14 in its tracker (below).
Over the past eight days, the state has recorded at least 17 deaths five times and seen the highest single day total (27) yet reported.
In all, 1,399 people have died in Wisconsin from complications related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Since the pandemic began, 136,279 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for the virus, DHS reports. While over 100,000 of them have recovered, nearly 25,000 cases remain active.
More than 100 more people were hospitalized, according to Tuesday’s report, bringing the total number of people who were admitted at some point after testing positive to 7,810, or 5.7 percent of all cases.
The latest figures were released about the same time Gov. Tony Evers announced he asked the DHS to issue an emergency order limiting the number of people who were allowed in public indoor spaces.
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