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Wisconsin COVID19 cases approach 2,500; 82 dead

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Wisconsin now has confirmed 2,496 positive cases of coronavirus infection, according to state and county data. Eighty two have died of complications of the disease.

The state Department of Health Services reported 2,440 cases in its daily update at around 2 pm Monday. At 2:30, Milwaukee County updated its totals, bringing the statewide total to 2,496.

Of the 45 people who died in Milwaukee County, 33 — about 73 percent — were Black, 10 were white and 2 were Latino. The population of Milwaukee County is about 25 percent Black.

In Dane County, 287 people have tested positive at nine have died. Three in four of those tested positive are white, but Dane County has not reported the races of those who have died.

DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said there are currently 12 labs available to process about 3,500 tests a day. She said 1,405 tests had been run since Sunday.

Bureau of Communicable Diseases Chief Medical Officer Ryan Westegaard said state guidelines direct health care providers to prioritize the very ill and health care workers who are showing symptoms.

“Clinicians should decide whether the patient could benefit from being tested,” he said in a conference call with reporters Monday.