Wisconsin's weekly average number of COVID-19 cases continues to reach record highs

Posted at 3:34 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 16:36:52-05

Wisconsin's COVID-19 cases continue to climb, as it tallies a weekly average of 5,639 cases and a weekly percent positivity by person of 35 percent on Monday.

Coronavirus cases recorded on Sunday and Monday tend to be lower than they actually are, because the Department of Health Services is dealing on those days with a backlog of cases accumulated over the weekend.

But the DHS still recorded17 new deaths due to the coronavirus, as well as 100 new hospitalizations and just over 59,000 active cases. DHS tallied 4,360 new daily cases on Monday, about the same as the day before as is normal for the beginning of the week.

The weekly posivitity numbers meanwhile reached record-highs. DHS numbers show the seven-day percent positive (by test) at 17.5 percent, while the seven-day percent positive (by person) reached 35 percent.

Even with the dip in recorded numbers Monday, DHS recorded the second-highest number of average deaths over a week. A seven-day average of 40 deaths was tallied Monday, only lower than the average recorded last Friday, at 41.

DHS tweeted that 1,860 people are currently hospitalized because of the virus in Wisconsin, adding that "hospitals are approaching capacity."

Over 210,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus, or about 77 percent of all people, including active cases, in Wisconsin who have contracted the virus.

The department continued in another tweet that it is working with Wisconsin healthcare providers for plans on distributing, storing and providing a vaccine. This comes as Pfizer announcedMonday that its vaccine candidate has been 90 percent effective during tests.

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