Average number of COVID-19 deaths per day hits all-time high

Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 3:14 PM CDT
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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.