DHS: Percentage Of Positive COVID-19 Tests Drops To 2.5 Percent After Thursday Spike

719 People In Wisconsin Have Died From COVID-19

A man wearing a face mask
A man wearing a face mask exits the Sarpy County administration building in Papillion, Neb., on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Nati Harnik/AP Photo

There have been 24,154 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of Friday, according to the state Department of Health Services. That’s an increase of 278 cases from the day before.

According to health officials, 730 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon, with 11 new deaths reported since Thursday.

DHS reported 444,751 total negative tests for the coronavirus, an increase of 10,838 from Thursday to Friday.

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As of Friday, 77 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 17,668 as of Friday. The number of actual tests reported on Friday was 11,116.

An increase in testing is one reason for the increase in the number of positive cases. The percentage of positive tests was 2.5 percent on Friday — down from 4 percent the day before.

As of Friday, Wisconsin was seeing a 14-day downward trajectory in reports of COVID-like cases, but the department is no longer reporting a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period.

According to DHS, 3,177 people have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Friday. 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 6,918 people, or 29 percent.

There have been confirmed cases in all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties, though not all cases are currently active. As of Friday, the DHS is reporting that Milwaukee County has now had over 10,000 recorded cases.

State Announces COVID-19 Studies

State officials announced plans for two population health studies related to COVID-19 Wednesday. The efforts will “provide researchers and public health experts with a better understanding of where COVID-19 has been and help identify communities that may be at risk for a future outbreaks,” according to a DHS press release.

One study will involve DHS partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) to test for COVID-19 antibodies in people across the state. Antibody testing looks at whether someone has been infected with the coronavirus in the past, whether or not they showed symptoms.

The other study will test sewage samples from wastewater treatment facilities across the state to look at concentrations of virus genetic material. DHS will partner with UW-Milwaukee and the state Department of Natural resources to carry out the testing.