Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin jumps over 50%

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

In its daily update Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services stated the number of active cases has increased to 108.

Several hours later, health officials in Fond du Lac and Milwaukee counties released previously unreported numbers. Columbia Co. confirmed Thursday morning that four cases were have been found there as well.

That raises the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state to 113.

So far, about 1,577 tests have come back negative.

Wednesday’s number of positive tests is 36 more than the 72 reported the previous day, the agency recorded on Tuesday. State health officials say Ozaukee and Walworth Counties each reported their first cases.

Shortly before the latest numbers were released, Gov. Tony Evers announced a cap on the number of children and staff who will be allowed to work at child care centers.

On Tuesday, the governor ordered a ban on gatherings of more than ten people and for all restaurants and bars to end their dine-in service.

Wisconsin County / Total Cases as of 3/18/2020
Pierce 1
La Crosse 1
Kenosha* 4
Milwaukee* 50
Sheboygan 4
Washington 2
Fond du Lac 14
Outagamie 1
Ozaukee 1
Racine 1
Dane* 23
Brown 1
Walworth 1
Wood 1
Winnebago 3
Waukesha 5
Total 113

* An asterisk indicates community spread has been identified.

Health care officials ask people to take steps to avoid getting or spreading coronavirus:

- Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
- Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
- Covering coughs and sneezes;
- Avoiding touching your face; and
- Staying home when sick.