DHS: Majority of Wisconsin counties have ‘very high’ activity levels for COVID-19 spread

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MADISON, Wis. — The vast majority of counties in Wisconsin continue to have “very high” activity levels for COVID-19 spread ahead of Christmas, according to data from the state Department of Health Services.

A handful of counties were classified with “critically high” levels as of Thu

rsday afternoon, while Marquette County was the only county labelled with a “high” activity level.

Despite this, DHS officials said the positive percentage of new COVID-19 tests has dropped once again. The seven-day positivity rate of new tests by person fell to 25.1%, while the seven-day equivalent for total tests by day also decreased to 8.9%.

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State and county health officials recorded 2,737* new cases of the virus Thursday, which is above the seven-day rolling average of 2,564. The state has reached an all-time total of 466,643*, and roughly 33,000, or 7.2% of cases are active.

At least 4,759* have died of coronavirus complications since the start of the pandemic, with 55 new deaths confirmed Thursday.

DHS officials said 128 more people have also been hospitalized in the past 24 hours. Out of the state’s 11,078 hospital beds, 19% are available for new patients.

Despite President Donald Trump’s request for $2,000 direct payments to most Americans, House Republicans have shot down the president’s demand for larger COVID-19 relief checks.

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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.