DHS: 6,081 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Wisconsin

281 People Have Died From The New Coronavirus In Wisconsin So Far

A health care worker performs a test for COVID-19
A health care worker performs a test for COVID-19 at Hard Rock Stadium during the new coronavirus pandemic, Sunday, April 26, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Testing is critical to controlling the coronavirus and eventually easing restrictions that have halted daily life for most Americans. Lynne Sladky/AP Photo

There are 6,081 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services announced Monday. That’s an increase of 170 cases from the day before.

Over the weekend, Saturday marked the largest single-day increase in positive cases the state has seen since the outbreak began.

According to figures from DHS, 281 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon. Manitowoc County had its first recorded death from COVID-19 on Monday, according to the agency.

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DHS reports 1,415 people have been hospitalized because of the virus. That means at least 23 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 20 percent of cases.

As of Monday, 2,882 Wisconsinites had recovered from COVID-19, according to DHS data.

Across the state, 61,311 people have tested negative for the virus so far. From Sunday to Monday, the number of negative test results increased by 2,076.

Brown County has seen a surge in positive tests after health officials traced hundreds of cases to meatpacking facilities there. As of Monday afternoon, Brown County had 853 positive cases of the new coronavirus — an increase of 77 cases from Sunday.

It was announced Sunday that JBS Packerland, a meatpacking plant in Green Bay, Sunday, would be temporarily closing after hundreds of COVID-19 cases were linked to such facilities in the area. Health officials traced at least 189 positive cases of the new coronavirus to the facility last week, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.

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

Wisconsin has 48 labs performing COVID-19 tests, up from eight labs in March. According to DHS, they’re able to process nearly 11,000 samples per day. The state has a goal of completing about 12,000 tests per day, DHS Secretary Andrea Palm said Monday.

There are confirmed cases in 66 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

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