DHS: 9,590 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Wisconsin

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

A health care worker conducts a COVID-19 test
A Richmond City Health District worker conducts a COVID-19 test at a site set up by the Virginia National Guard Tuesday May 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Steve Helber/AP Photo

There are 9,590 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of Friday, according to the state Department of Health Services. That’s an increase of 375 cases from the day before.

According to health officials, 384 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon.

DHS reported 97,265 negative tests for the new coronavirus, an increase of 4,230 from Thursday to Friday.

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According to DHS, 1,767 people have been hospitalized because of the virus. That means at least 18 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 2,171 cases, or 23 percent.

A key metric outlined in Gov. Tony Evers’ “Badger Bounce Back” plan for reopening the state is for the percentage of positive cases to be in decline over a 14-day period. According to state data, 9.9 percent were positive Monday, 8.6 percent were positive Tuesday, 8 percent were positive Wednesday, 5.7 percent were positive Thursday, and 8.1 percent were positive Friday.

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released an additional list of metrics the agency will use to “determine when we can begin to allow people to interact and, more importantly, get Wisconsinites back to work.”

The metrics include “gating criteria” for reported symptoms, cases, hospital capacity and infection rates among health care workers. Symptoms criteria are met when influenza-like symptoms and COVID-19-like cases show a downward trend during a 14-day period.

The criteria for hospitals will be met if 95 percent of institutions affirm they have the ability to test all symptomatic clinical staff and can treat all patients without crisis care, according to DHS.

A downward trend of COVID-19 cases among health care workers is the final metric listed by DHS.

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

On Wednesday, ​Evers announced a new online map to make it easier for people to find testing sites throughout the state. The map shows testing locations, provides contact information, hours of operation and guidance on how to schedule an appointment.

The release of the map comes days after Evers announced the state’s plan to make Wisconsin one of the top states in testing per capita. Evers said Wisconsin is preparing to provide 85,000 COVID-19 tests per week.

This will be done by working with the Wisconsin National Guard to deploy teams to employer outbreak sites; providing free testing and diagnostics to Wisconsin’s 373 nursing homes; increasing the number of free drive-thru testing sites; and providing more supplies to health care systems so people who want a test can have one, Evers said.

As of Thursday afternoon, Wisconsin has 51 labs performing COVID-19 tests, up from eight labs in March. According to DHS, they’re able to process 13,797 samples per day — more than the state’s goal of completing about 12,000 tests per day.

DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said during a Tuesday briefing that Wisconsin is among the top five states in terms of testing capacity.

There are confirmed cases in 68 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

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