DHS: 3,721 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Wisconsin

182 People Have Died From New Coronavirus In Wisconsin So Far

Medical staff wearing safety garments assist a driver at a new coronavirus drive-up test clinic
Medical staff wearing safety garments assist a driver at a new coronavirus drive-up test clinic, one of several in the metropolitan Twin Cities area, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Bloomington, Minn. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. Jim Mone/AP Photo

There are 3,721 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services announced Wednesday.

According to figures from DHS, 182 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19 as of Wednesday afternoon.

DHS reports 1,091 people have been hospitalized because of the virus. That means at least 29 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 19 percent of cases.

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The number of positive test results increased by 166 people from Tuesday to Wednesday.

At a press conference, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said the state’s Safer at Home order is working. She said models show that the state’s restrictions on gatherings have saved at least 300 lives in its first three weeks, and as many as 1,400 lives.

“Together we have saved lives, and together we’ll save more,” Palm said.

Across the state, 39,326 people have tested negative for the virus so far. From Tuesday to Wednesday, the number of negative test results increased by 1,329.

With recent increases in testing capacity, health officials are loosening restrictions on who can get tested, subject to the availability of testing supplies.

Wisconsin’s cities are seeing the highest number of positive cases of COVID-19. There are now confirmed cases in 65 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

The following counties have no confirmed cases as of Wednesday afternoon: Burnett, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Pepin, Taylor and Vernon.