Wisconsin tops 4K single-day cases of COVID-19

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin officially exceeded 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, according to state and county health officials.

With 4,041* new cases recorded as of 8:40 p.m., the state’s lifetime total of confirmed cases has reached 167,418*. The past three days have each surpassed 3,000 cases, with Friday’s count being the state’s newest all-time high. More than 34,000 cases remain active throughout the state.

The state Department of Health Services said the seven-day average positivity rate for tests by person has gone down slightly to 20.7%. The seven-day equivalent for total tests by day also saw a minor decrease to 10.4%.

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Health officials confirmed 23 more deaths Friday, bringing the statewide coronavirus death toll to 1,586*. An additional 135 have also been hospitalized.

The Madison Metropolitan School District announced it will continue all-virtual learning until at least Jan. 22.

Gov. Tony Evers also launched a television ad criticizing Republicans for their inaction during the pandemic.

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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.