Wisconsin passes 200K cases since pandemic began

Posted at 3:32 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 16:45:05-04

Wisconsin passed another grim milestone Monday, counting at least 200,000 coronavirus cases in the state since the pandemic began, more than seven months ago.

According to Department of Health Services numbers, a total of 201,049 cases have come in as positive for COVID-19, and 2,883 newly confirmed cases on Monday.

DHS officials tweeted that it took seven-and-a-half months to reach 100,000 cases, but only 36 days to double that number.

The average number of confirmed cases and deaths did decline since last Friday. DHS tallied a one-week average of 3,879 on Monday, down from just over 4,000 on Friday.

Deaths due to complications caused by the virus are also down. DHS counted 10 deaths on Monday, compared to a record-breaking 48 last Wednesday and 42 last Friday, according to DHS numbers. The weekly average of deaths from the virus also dipped, to 27 on Monday, down from a weekly average of 28 last Saturday.

The daily death count hasn't been that low since Oct. 12, when nine deaths were tallied, DHS numbers show.

The percent of people who contracted the virus who have died has also declined, to 0.9 (point nine) percent in Wisconsin.

The department has noted before, though, that COVID-19 numbers released on the heels of a weekend are sometimes low because the processing of COVID-19 cases and deaths decline on Saturday and Sunday.

Even so, the seven-day average of the percent of positive cases in the state continues to climb. The DHS recorded a 25.4 percent positive by person, and a 13.1 percent positive by test on Monday - both records since the pandemic began.

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