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Hospitalizations surge past 850 as more than 2,000 new cases, 18 deaths reported


Hospitalizations set another record today, as 853 are currently hospitalized with coronavirus infection, 71 more than yesterday and 207 more than a week ago. Of those, 261 are in ICUs, 52 more than yesterday and 56 more than a week ago.

Meanwhile, the state of Wisconsin confirmed 2,020 new coronavirus cases Sunday on just over 11,500 tests. Those results bring the total case count to 136,379, of which just over 24,500 are considered active, about the same number as yesterday.

Additionally, 18 more fatalities were reported — five in Marathon County, three in Winnebago County, two in La Crosse County, and one each in Calumet, Door, Lincoln, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano and Waupaca Counties. That brings Wisconsin’s total death toll to 1,399 and the seven-day average of deaths to 14.14 — the highest it’s ever been.

Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services has changed the way it reports data to more accurately reflect the situation, attributing both positive and negative tests to the dates they were processed, not the dates that the data was reported to DHS. This will give a more accurate report of the percentage of tests returning positive results, but will render the daily percentages as we have been reporting them irrelevant. Therefore we will now only report the seven-day positive test rate, and will no longer report daily percentages for the state or counties.

The state is also reporting this percentage by test, and by person, to account for the fact that some people receive multiple negative tests.

Given these new criteria, Wisconsin’s seven-day of positive tests by person is 17 percent, and by test is nine percent — meaning nine percent of the tests given in the past seven days were positive, while 17 percent of the people tested were positive. Both of these numbers are slightly lower than they were yesterday.

Today’s data brings the seven-day average of new cases to 2,346.





The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 257.

Other localities with higher case totals and positive tests rates include:

Brown County: 127
Calumet County: 20
Chippewa County: 18
Clark County: 12
Columbia County: 16
Dane County:  157
Dodge County: 19
Dunn County: 12
Eau Claire County: 32
Fond du Lac County: 28
Grant County: 20
Green Lake County: 10
Jefferson County: 30
Kenosha County: 29
La Crosse County: 37
Langlade County: 22
Manitowoc County: 19
Marathon County: 99
Marinette County: 11
Milwaukee County: 257
Monroe County: 12
Oconto County: 49
Oneida County: 19
Outagamie County: 142
Ozaukee County: 26
Portage County: 21
Racine County: 58
Rock County: 20
Sauk County: 49
Shawano County: 33
Sheboygan County: 81
St Croix County: 15
Trempeleau County: 20
Vernon County: 13
Walworth County: 20
Washington County: 54
Waukesha County: 62
Waupaca County: 27
Waushara County: 10
Winnebago County: 142
Wood County: 16