Coronavirus in Wisconsin: Hospitalizations set another single-day record – WBAY
MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports 153 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a new one-day record. There are more than 1,000 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, the first time that figure was over 1,000. Other key metrics remained high but backed down slightly from Tuesday’s record numbers.
The state received 14,542 results — exactly 1 more test than Tuesday. There were 3,107 new cases (down from Tuesday’s 3,279), for a positivity rate of 21.37% (down from Tuesday’s 22.55%), with new cases identified in 70 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The 7-day average positivity rate is 21.15%, an all-time high for that average. All told, 158,578 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
There were 28 deaths in Wednesday’s report (down from Tuesday’s 34), the fourth time in 7 days the death count was in double digits. The death rate held steady for a third day at 0.97%. There have been 1,536 COVID-19 deaths in the state.
The deaths were in Brown, Columbia, Dane, Grant (3), Juneau, Kenosha, Lincoln, Manitowoc (2), Milwaukee (3), Oconto (2), Outagamie (3), Racine, Rock, Shawano, Vernon, Vilas, Washington, Waupaca (2) and Winnebago counties.
Counting deaths and hospital discharges, the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals rose to 1,017, putting that metric above 1,000 for the first time. Of those patients, 246 are in intensive care, or about 1 in 4.