81 more COVID-19 deaths confirmed in Wisconsin; all but one county ranked ‘critically high’ for disease spread

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MADISON, Wis. — More than 80 Wisconsinites have died of coronavirus complications since Wednesday afternoon, according to the latest data from state and county health officials.

There were 81 new deaths confirmed in the past day, which puts the statewide death toll at 2,932*. The virus continues to put a strain on hospitals, as the state Department of Health Services said 236 more people were hospitalized in the past day. With 11,276 hospital beds throughout the state, 11% remain available for new patients.

With the exception of Green County, DHS officials say every county in Wisconsin has a “critically high” activity level for disease spread.

Health officials recorded 6,441* new cases of the virus Thursday, one day after Wisconsin experienced a record-breaking amount of new cases. A total of 339,934* cases have been confirmed across the state since the start of the pandemic, and more than 75,000 cases remain active.

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The Dane County Jail has confirmed a spike in positive cases among inmates, with 22 cases recorded on Thursday alone.

The positive percentage of new COVID-19 tests has dropped, but the numbers remain alarmingly high. The seven-day positivity rate for new tests by person is at 33.1%, or more than one-third of new tests. The seven-day equivalent for total tests by day is at 16% as of Thursday afternoon.

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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.