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Wisconsin tallies highest daily death toll due to COVID-19 since May

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 19:07:21-04

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin has tallied the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 on a single day since May.

Seventeen people died due to complications from the coronavirus Tuesday, according to the DHS. That is the highest daily death toll since May 30, when 20 deaths were reported. The highest daily death toll reported in the state since the pandemic began was three days before, on May 27, when 22 deaths were reported.

Since May, the daily death toll due to COVID-19 hovered between an average of zero and 13.

Tuesday's update now raises the total number of people who have died from coronavirus to at least 1,300 in Wisconsin. On Monday, Johns Hopkins University declared that over 1 million people across the world have died because of the virus.

Also on Tuesday, the DHS reported 2,367 new confirmed cases, raising the two-week average to 2,255.

The percent of positive cases remained steady Tuesday, coming in at about 22 percent. That sets the seven-day positivity rate at about 19.5 percent, according to DHS, the highest ever recorded in Wisconsin.

Sixty more people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus on Tuesday, raising the total to about 7,200 people since the pandemic began. That's 6 percent of any Wisconsin who tested positive for the virus, according to the DHS.

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