Record number of COVID-19 deaths confirmed in Wisconsin as 7-day positivity rate climbs to 22.6%

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MADISON, Wis. — State and county health officials have confirmed over 40 more deaths throughout Wisconsin due to COVID-19.

A record-breaking 44 people have died in the past day. At least 1,703* deaths have been confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state Department of Health Services said 167 more people were also hospitalized, a decline of about 50 compared to Tuesday’s count. The Wisconsin Hospital Association said roughly 1,200 people remain hospitalized in Wisconsin.

The seven-day percent positive for tests by person went up by nearly one percentage point to 22.6%, or more than one-fifth of new tests. The seven-day equivalent for total tests by day also increased to 12.3%.

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There were 4,002* new cases of the virus Wednesday, bringing the state’s lifetime total to 183,157*. DHS officials said more than 38,000 cases remain active.

As of Wednesday afternoon, all of the state’s 72 counties continue to have either high or very high activity levels for disease spread, according to DHS data.

With a rise in COVID-19 case numbers within Dane County, public health officials are shifting to a crisis model of contact tracing.

Gov. Tony Evers also announced that the first patient has been admitted to the Alternate Care Facility at state fairgrounds.

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*News 3 Now uses data from DHS and county dashboards to calculate daily cases and deaths. 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. By using a combination of state and county data, News 3 Now is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date COVID-19 coverage.