MADISON, Wis. (AP/TMJ4) — Wisconsin’s newly reported COVID-19 cases has grown again, just shy of the highest daily total since the pandemic broke out.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 2,504 new cases Friday, short of the record set exactly one week ago of 2,533 new cases.
On Thursday, there were 2,392 new cases.
According to DHS data, confirmed cases have skyrocketed since early September, when students began returning to in-person classes. That number dipped after reaching the all-time high on Sept. 18, but since last Tuesday, the number of new cases has spiked again.
DHS counted nine new deaths Friday, rising the death toll in Wisconsin to 1,274.
Wisconsin health officials have blamed the rising coronavirus cases on schools allowing in-person classes and bringing college students back to campuses.
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In total, Wisconsin has had nearly 111,000 people test positive.
People hospitalized with the virus is at an all-time high, with 528 patients with 151 in intensive care as of Thursday, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.