More than 3.1K COVID-19 cases confirmed in Wisconsin; 110 hospitalized

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (pink) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (green), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

MADISON, Wis. — Health officials from around the state have confirmed thousands of new coronavirus cases Thursday.

There were an additional 3,117* cases recorded, a new record and a significant increase from Wednesday’s case count. The state’s lifetime total has reached 142,461* cases, with more than 26,000 still active.

The seven-day average positivity rate for tests by person is now at 17.1%, while the percentage for total tests by day is at 9.3%. The state Department of Health Services said 16,656 people have been tested in the past 24 hours.

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DHS officials said 110 more people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. With 11,472 hospital beds in Wisconsin, 16% remain available as of Thursday afternoon.

A Wisconsin prisoner died at UW Hospital on Wednesday after testing positive for the virus. The news comes after two inmates in Dodge County reportedly died of COVID-19 complications last month.

Eight more deaths were confirmed Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,427*.

As of Wednesday afternoon, DHS officials said every county in Wisconsin was classified as having a high or very high activity level for disease spread.

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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.