The state of Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported a record 7,497 new coronavirus cases Thursday — the third consecutive, and the fourth overall, day the state has confirmed more than 7,000 — on just over 22,400 tests, a positive test rate of just over 33 percent.
The seven-day positive test rate rose to 36.4 percent, the highest rate ever.
The number of people currently hospitalized for coronavirus infection fell to 2,077, 25 fewer than Wednesday. Still, the patient population at the alternative care facility in Milwaukee rose by one to 14.
The total number of cases ever confirmed in Wisconsin is now 293,361, of which just almost 69,000 — more than 22% — are considered active. That’s up by about 4,000 from Wednesday.
The seven-day average of new cases per day jumped to 6,209. The seven-day average of deaths rose from 43 to 45.86.
Sixty deaths were reported in 28 counties, while deaths previously reported in Eau Claire and Lincoln Counties were removed from the data. The total death toll rose by 58 to 2,515.
The table below shows new cases, new cases per 100,000 residents and new deaths for each county. Click on the header of any column to sort the data by that column.
At a press conference Monday, county and city leaders urged citizens to stay home, avoid gatherings and not to travel outside the county to attend gatherings. Governor Tony Evers reiterated the same message in a statewide address Tuesday.