Wisconsin breaks record for most COVID-19 cases in a day with over 1K

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MADISON, Wis. — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin has reached an all-time high Tuesday, with over 1,000 additional cases confirmed in the past 24 hours.

State and county health officials said there are 1,079* new cases of the virus, breaking the previous record of 926 from July 11. News 3 Now reported several new cases Monday that are just now appearing on the state Department of Health Services website, as our news team uses a combination of DHS data and dashboards from each individual county.

The state has had over 800 new cases every day for the past week. To date, there have been a total of 44,259 confirmed cases across Wisconsin, and 9,369 cases remain active.

Twelve more have died, which puts the state’s death toll at 861, or nearly 2% of all positive cases.

DHS said 7.7% of new tests came back positive after being above 10% the past couple days. Actual testing has also doubled, with 14,488 people being tested since Monday afternoon.

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DHS officials said 65 more people have been hospitalized, which almost triples the amount of Monday’s new hospitalizations. Roughly 22% of the state’s 11,398 hospital beds are still available.

A new data analysis says Wisconsin has the second-fewest COVID-19 restrictions in the country, according to the financial website WalletHub.

Without a statewide mask mandate, some counties have implemented their own requirements for face coverings. A cafe in Middleton was recently fined $263.50 for violating Dane County’s public health order.

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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.