Second-highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 recorded in Wisconsin

Posted at 5:05 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 19:03:47-04

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin recorded the second-highest number of deaths from complications caused by COVID-19 Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services counted33 new deaths, which is only one less death than the record set on Oct. 13.

Tuesday's update raises the death toll to 1,633 in Wisconsin since the pandemic began.

The DHS also counted 218 new hospitalizations, 4,591 confirmed cases and a seven-day positivity rate of 21.7 percent - the highest positivity rate Wisconsin has ever experienced.

Over 13,600 people also tested negative Tuesday.

Tuesday's numbers come in the wake of software updates the DHS installed over the weekend, which is expected to skew COVID-19 numbers early this week.

Also on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Health Department said during a press conference that it is looking to reevaluate its 'Moving Milwaukee Forward' plan, with officials not announcing specifics but saying that "we're looking at everything."

Mayor Tom Barrett did reiterate that businesses with approved plans are following city guidelines, not the statewide order. Businesses who did not submit plans, however, must follow state order, according to the mayor.

Health officials were also asked about long wait times at the Miller Park testing site on Monday, the day it opened to the public. MHD attributed the long wait times to it being the first day, and the process of working out any issues. Around 1,600 people were tested at the site Tuesday. Its capacity is around 2,000.

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