Number of positive coronavirus cases reaches 426 in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — In a press conference Monday afternoon, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced that there have been 416 positive COVID-19 tests, along with 7,050 negative tests.

Since then, Dane County has reported 9 new positive cases, bringing the total to 425.

Seventy of those positive tests are in Dane County, while Milwaukee remains the county with the most cases at 204 positive tests.

Public Health Madison Dane County said half of the people with a positive test are in the 20 to 44 age range, but they’re seeing people from all age groups test positive. There continues to be evidence of community spread in Dane County.

The Iowa County Health Department announced on Monday that the county’s first confirmed case is a 26-year-old woman who recently went to Dane County.

Community spread is indicated in eight counties, now including Columbia County.

There have been five deaths total across Wisconsin, including the third death in Milwaukee announced today.

Gov. Tony Evers said he will issue a “Safer at Home” order Tuesday. He said the details of the order will be announced then, but it will include the closure of all nonessential businesses.

“Issuing a safer at home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do. It isn’t something I wanted to do and it’s not something I take lightly. We are all in this together and we need to stop the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve to ensure that our doctors and nurses and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work,” Evers said.

Evers had been vocal about not wanting to issue this order in the past, but Monday he said medical and healthcare professionals convinced him that this is the best way to curb the virus.

“We’re not getting to the point where we wanted to be, so I accepted that advice. Science is important to me and I followed the science,” said Evers.

Although DHS didn’t have exact numbers for Wisconsin, they said about 10 t0 12% of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 require hospitalization.