Wisconsin’s 7-Day Average For Daily COVID-19 Cases Is At 6,422

DHS: 6,058 New Cases Of COVID-19, 12 New Deaths On Sunday

Antigen testing takes place at McPhee Physical Education Center
Antigen testing takes place at McPhee Physical Education Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Sept. 8, 2020. Photo courtesy of UW-Eau Claire

New reports of COVID-19 cases are averaging at around 6,422 cases per day in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services. That’s the second-highest that figure has been since the start of the pandemic. On Nov. 13, the seven-day average was 6,443 daily cases.

DHS reported 6,058 new cases of the disease Sunday. One week ago, the average was 5,507 daily cases. Daily new cases have been increasing since, steadily hitting new records almost daily since early October.

There were 12 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Sunday. On Sunday, 11,919 tested negative.

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The percentage of people who got tested for COVID-19 over the past week and were positive for the disease is 36.5, according to DHS. That’s the same rate as DHS reported on Saturday, and is at an all-time high.

The positivity rate is often read by public health officials as a measure of overall testing levels. A high rate could indicate that testing in the state is limited, and skewed toward those already flagged as potentially having COVID-19. A lower rate could indicate testing is more widespread. Changes in the test positivity rate can also speak to COVID-19’s spread, if the size and makeup of the testing pool stays consistent.

On Sept. 30, DHS also introduced an alternative positivity rate, one that measures the percentage of tests that are positive, instead of the percentage of people who get a positive result. The new metric takes into account people who have been tested multiple times. The seven-day average for that number is at 18.6 percent.

According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association, there were 2,034 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Saturday. A total of 14,381 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.6 percent of all positive cases.

The latest figures bring the overall total of positive cases in Wisconsin to 312,269, according to DHS. A total of 2,637 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19.

COVID-19 activity varies from county to county. This past Wednesday, the DHS revised its categories for severity to include a “critically high level,” which the agency said is three times higher than “very high,” the former top level. The DHS showed 65 counties had a “critically high level” of COVID-19 activity, and the rest had a ” very high” level of activity. Wisconsin overall had a “critically high” level of activity.

COVID-19 activity designations are based on the number of new cases per a county’s population over a 14-day period, as well as whether there’s an upward or downward trend in new cases.

As of Wednesday, the north-central region of the state had the most new cases per capita over the previous two weeks, while the northwest region saw cases rise most rapidly.

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 59,194 as of Nov. 13 The number of actual people with new test results reported Nov. 13 was 17,977.

A total of 2,313,608 people have been tested over the course of the pandemic. Of those, 2,001,239 have tested negative.