DHS: 15,277 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Wisconsin

510 People Have Died From New Coronavirus In Wisconsin So Far

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People relax in marked circles for proper social distancing at Domino Park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn during the current coronavirus outbreak, Sunday, May 17, 2020, in New York. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

There are 15,277 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of Sunday, according to the state Department of Health Services. That’s an increase of 400 cases from the day before.

According to health officials, 510 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon.

DHS reported 186,206 negative tests for the new coronavirus, an increase of 6,877 from Saturday to Sunday.

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As of Sunday, 59 percent of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered, according to DHS.

Wisconsin’s daily testing capacity has grown from 120 available lab tests in early March to 14,153 as of Friday. The surge in new tests is one reason for the increase in positive cases. The percentage of positive tests went from 8 percent Wednesday, down to 5 percent Thursday, rose slightly to 5.1 percent Friday and rose to 6.8 percent Saturday.

On Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers unveiled his plan for spending $1 billion in federal funds to combat COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The money will be used to pay for contact tracing, ongoing efforts to test people for the virus, and preparing for a potential surge.

Evers’ “Badger Bounce Back” plan no longer has the force of law following a state Supreme Court ruling last week, but the state’s dashboard for the reopening plan shows Wisconsin has met key gating criteria, including 95 percent of hospitals being able to treat all patients without crisis standards of care and 95 percent of hospitals claiming they have arranged to test all symptomatic staff treating patients.

However, the percentage of positive tests is no longer on a downward trajectory over a 14-day period. There also is no 14-day downward trajectory in flu-like illnesses or in COVID-like illnesses, nor is there a downward trend of COVID-19 cases among health care workers, calculated weekly.

Wisconsin’s criteria for reopening were largely based on federal recommendations.

According to DHS, 2,315 people have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Sunday. That means at least 15 percent of people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the state have been hospitalized. DHS officials have said they don’t know the hospitalization history of 4,112 people, or 28 percent.

There are confirmed cases in all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties.