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Wisconsin sees big jump in positive tests

The 5.7% of tests being positive is the highest percentage since May 27
(WCAX)
Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 2:21 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 26, 2020 at 4:32 PM CDT
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Wisconsin saw a jump in coronavirus cases with the release of Friday’s state health report and a the largest percentage of tests coming back positive in almost a month.

The Department of Health Services reports there were 9,127 tests and 5.7% came back positive, adding 520 new cases. Wisconsin has now seen 26,747 positive tests while more than 500,000 tests (507,168) came back negative since the state began collecting these numbers.

The number of cases is the highest since May 30, when there were 523. The percent of positive cases is the highest since May 27, when it was 5.31% -- also the last time that percentage was above 5%.

One death was reported in Milwaukee County, but the state’s death toll remained at 766 because Brown County’s deaths were revised downward from 42 to 41 after the state reviewed its numbers.

There are 249 people hospitalized for COVID-19 and 93 are in intensive care. Hospitals now report 2,577 hospital beds are available, or 22% of the state’s hospital beds.

Fifty-one of Wisconsin’s 72 counties saw tests come back positive since Thursday afternoon.

Two deaths were reported in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in that state’s health report Friday -- one each in Delta and Gogebic counties. Baraga, Marquette and Menominee counties received more positive tests since Thursday.

The state released a new tool that displays COVID-19 activity over the past 2 weeks for every county, including the number of cases per 100,000 residents and whether cases are on an upward, even, or downward trend. You can view it at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm.

County cases

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 14 cases (+2) (2 deaths)
  • Ashland - 3 cases
  • Barron - 32 cases
  • Bayfield - 3 cases (1 death)
  • Brown - 2,738 cases (+40) (41 deaths) (-1)
  • Buffalo - 7 cases (2 deaths)
  • Burnett - 2 cases (1 death)
  • Calumet - 96 cases (+2) (2 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 78 cases (+2)
  • Clark - 67 cases (+3) (6 deaths)
  • Columbia - 76 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Crawford - 32 cases
  • Dane - 1,446 cases (+122) (32 deaths)
  • Dodge - 447 cases (+2) (5 deaths)
  • Door - 43 cases (+3) (3 deaths)
  • Douglas - 22 cases (+2) [corrects a typo that overstated the number of new cases]
  • Dunn - 34 cases (+1)
  • Eau Claire - 180 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Florence - 3 cases
  • Fond du Lac - 306 cases (+7) (6 deaths)
  • Forest - 38 cases (3 deaths)
  • Grant - 141 cases (12 deaths)
  • Green - 84 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Green Lake - 29 cases (+3)
  • Iowa - 27 cases (+2)
  • Iron - 3 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Jackson - 26 cases (1 death)
  • Jefferson - 211 cases (+10) (4 deaths)
  • Juneau - 31 cases (1 death)
  • Kenosha - 1,450 cases (+10) (41 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 52 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • La Crosse - 371 cases (+28)
  • Lafayette - 66 cases (+4)
  • Langlade - 7 cases
  • Lincoln - 9 cases (+1)
  • Manitowoc - 83 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Marathon - 140 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Marinette - 49 cases (+1) (3 deaths)
  • Marquette - 12 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Menominee - 5 cases (+1)
  • Milwaukee - 10,812 cases (+138) (382 deaths) (+1)
  • Monroe - 59 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Oconto - 52 cases (+1)
  • Oneida - 18 cases (+1)
  • Outagamie - 436 cases (+8) (8 deaths)
  • Ozaukee - 214 cases (+2) (15 deaths)
  • Pepin - 1 case
  • Pierce - 64 cases (+4)
  • Polk - 43 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Portage - 117 cases (+10)
  • Price - 2 cases
  • Racine - 2,144 cases (+20) (61 deaths)
  • Richland - 15 cases (4 deaths)
  • Rock - 827 cases (+8) (23 deaths)
  • Rusk - 11 cases
  • Sauk - 98 cases (3 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 12 cases (+2)
  • Shawano - 74 cases (+1)
  • Sheboygan - 190 cases (+1) (4 deaths)
  • St. Croix - 150 cases (+9) (1 death)
  • Taylor - 10 cases (+1)
  • Trempealeau - 106 cases (+2)
  • Vernon - 32 cases
  • Vilas - 10 cases
  • Walworth - 559 cases (+13) (18 deaths)
  • Washburn - 4 cases
  • Washington - 337 cases (+2) (15 deaths)
  • Waukesha - 1,085 cases (+16) (38 deaths)
  • Waupaca - 104 cases (+3) (6 deaths)
  • Waushara - 20 cases
  • Winnebago - 639 cases (+5) (11 deaths)
  • Wood - 39 cases (+2) (1 death)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

  • Alger - 2 cases
  • Baraga - 4 cases (+3)
  • Chippewa - 2 cases
  • Delta - 18 cases (3 deaths) (+1)
  • Dickinson - 6 cases (2 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 6 cases (2 deaths) (+1)
  • Houghton - 11 cases
  • Iron - 5 cases (+1)
  • Keeweenaw - 1 case
  • Luce - 3 cases
  • Mackinac - 8 cases
  • Marquette - 64 cases (+1) (11 deaths)
  • Menominee - 13 cases (+1)
  • Ontonagon - 0 cases
  • Schoolcraft - 4 cases

Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Symptoms that require immediate medical attention include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to rouse
  • Bluish lips or face

The CDC says this is not an all-inclusive list. Consult a medical provider about any symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Prevention

The coronavirus is a new, or "novel," virus. Nobody has a natural immunity to it. Children and teens seem to recover best from the virus. Older people and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) are considered at high risk, according to the CDC. Precautions are also needed around people with developing or weakened immune systems.

To help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Stay at least six feet away from other people
  • Avoid close contact with people who are or appear sick
  • Stay home as much as possible. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates and non-essential appointments
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask. At a minimum, use a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
  • Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles)

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