Wisconsin health officials report highest single-day total of COVID-19 deaths
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin has reported a record-breaking number of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday.
State and county health officials have confirmed 123* new deaths, the highest single-day total to date. The previous record of 111 deaths was recorded less than a month ago. At least 4,637* Wisconsinites have died of coronavirus complications since March.
The state Department of Health Services said 187 more people have also been hospitalized in the past 24 hours. Out of the state’s 11,043 hospital beds, 19% are available for new patients.
There were 2,348* new cases of the virus confirmed Tuesday, which is higher than Monday’s count but still below the seven-day rolling average of 2,659. Wisconsin has reached an all-time total of 461,374* confirmed cases, and more than 35,000, or 7.6% of those cases remain active.
The seven-day positivity rate for new tests by person went down slightly to 26.2%, while the seven-day equivalent is at 9.1%.
Wisconsin health officials are expected to receive 16,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine throughout the week. Moderna is the second of two COVID-19 vaccines to have approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with the Pfizer vaccine making its way to the state last week.
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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.
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