DHS: 22,932 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Wisconsin

694 People In Wisconsin Have Died From COVID-19

A worker places COVID-19 test swabs on a machine
A worker places swabs on a machine as President Donald Trump tours Puritan Medical Products, a medical swab manufacturer, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Guilford, Maine. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

There have been 22,932 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of Monday, according to the state Department of Health Services. That’s an increase of 174 cases from the day before.

According to health officials, 694 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon, with two new deaths reported since Sunday.

DHS reported 403,447 total negative tests for the coronavirus, an increase of 6,081 from Sunday to Monday.

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As of Sunday, 73 percent of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered, according to DHS. Three percent have died.

Wisconsin’s daily testing capacity — based on the availability of test supplies and adequate staffing — has grown from 120 available lab tests in early March to 16,668 as of Sunday. The number of tests reported on Monday was 6,255.

An increase in testing is one reason for the increase in the number of positive cases. The percentage of positive tests was 2.8 percent on Monday. Positive test rates have mostly hovered between 2 and 3 percent over the past week.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin National Guard teams had collected 127,716 specimens across the state as of Monday. Approximately 30 troops are working at a call center that informs people of their COVID-19 test results. Nearly 500 citizen soldiers and airmen continue to support local health departments and DHS in an effort to increase the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

As of Monday, Wisconsin was seeing a 14-day downward trajectory in reports of COVID-like cases — a key metric signifying COVID-19 is under control. DHS also reported a downward trajectory in the percentage of positive tests, but said that downward trend is “not statistically significant.”

According to DHS, 3,061 people have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Monday. That means at least 13 percent of people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the state have been hospitalized. DHS officials said they don’t know the hospitalization history of 6,609 people, or 29 percent.

There have been confirmed cases in all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties, though not all cases are currently active.