Wisconsin sets new daily record for virus cases

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2020

There was far less testing back then, too, so cases likely were much higher. The seven-day average for new cases was 3,052, marking the first time it had topped 3,000.

Health officials reported 3,861 positive tests on Friday.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Wisconsin has almost doubled in a month, and the state set daily records for new cases, deaths and hospitalizations this week.

More than 22,000 new cases were reported yesterday across the Midwest, eclipsing the previous record of more than 20,000 on October 9. DHS posts new numbers daily at 2 p.m., and our newsroom continues to update our totals throughout the day with additional cases that individual counties report. "Wisconsin is in crisis and we need to take this seriously". All Midwest and Northeast states have reported more cases in the past four weeks than in the prior four weeks, with the number of new cases doubling in states like Wisconsin, South Dakota and New Hampshire.

Hospitalizations were at a daily high of 1,017 on Wednesday, the same day the state opened a field hospital outside of Milwaukee to handle overflow patients.

The split-screen events, which replaced a presidential debate that was canceled in the wake of Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, also highlighted the sharp contrast between the two candidates' approach to the campaign less than three weeks before the November 3 election.

Wisconsin's death toll is the nation's 29th highest and the 42nd highest per capita. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by almost 22%. There were almost 625 new cases per 100,000 people in Wisconsin over the past two weeks, which was the fourth-highest of any state. Republicans are part of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's mask mandate and the Tavern League of Wisconsin is suing to overturn Evers' order limiting capacity in bars and restaurants.

Both lawsuits argue that Evers exceeded his authority with the orders.

"Unfortunately, the world has changed dramatically around us, and all good things must come to an end", Rockhound Brewing owner and brewmaster Nate Warnke said in a video Thursday morning. "So, we have to step it up".

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