In the third largest single-day increase of cases to date, 327 people in Wisconsin tested positive for coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 6,930.
Additionally, the more-important metric of positive cases as a percentage of tests performed in a 24-hour period went up significantly, from 6.95 percent Wednesday to 10.78 percent Thursday. That’s the second-highest daily percentage since the state began reporting it more than two weeks ago.
The total percentage of tests that have come back positive over the entire duration of the crisis has gone up to 8.99 percent.
Much of the increase is once again driven by Brown County, which reported 86 new cases. Brown County now has 1,057 confirmed cases, a rate of 407 cases per 100,000 residents. That is by far the highest rate in the state; Milwaukee is second with 308 cases per 100,000 residents.
Several other counties saw sharp increases in the past 24 hours as well. Kenosha County has 28 more positives, a 7 percent increase. In all, five staff and 79 inmates at the county’s two correctional facilities have tested positive. Kenosha County’s percentage of positives out of total tests is now at 17.27 percent. Kenosha County now has 232 cases per 100,000 residents, third most in the state.