DHS: 3,747 new COVID-19 cases in last 24-hours
MADISON, Wis. (WSAW/AP) - Wisconsin Department of Health Service Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm said Thursday in the last six weeks, the state’s COVID-19 cases have quadrupled.
Palm said in the last 24-hours 3,747 new cases were reported along with 17 more deaths.
The state’s seven-day daily case average is 2,927.
To date, the state has had more than 162,000 confirmed cases and 1,553 deaths from the disease since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations were at a daily high of 1,017 on Wednesday, the same day the state opened a field hospital outside of Milwaukee to handle overflow patients.
As of Thursday, the field hospital had yet to admit anyone, said Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm.
Wisconsin’s surge began in early September when the seven-day average of new cases was around 700. Two weeks later, that had doubled and it is now 2,927, Palm said.
“This is going to get worse before it gets better,” Palm said. “Wisconsin is in crisis and we need to take this seriously.”
Wisconsin’s death toll is the nation’s 29th highest and the 42nd highest per capita. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by nearly 22%. There were nearly 625 new cases per 100,000 people in Wisconsin over the past two weeks, which was the fourth-highest of any state.
Gov. Tony Evers last week issued an order limiting capacity at many indoor places, including bars and restaurants. A judge earlier this week blocked that order in response to a lawsuit filed by the Tavern League of Wisconsin. Republican lawmakers and the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty have sued to end the statewide mask mandate.
Both lawsuits argue that Evers exceeded his authority with the orders.
As he has done since the pandemic began, Evers urged Republicans fighting him in court and everyone in the state to take the virus seriously and to work together to curb the spread.
“We can prevent deaths,” Evers said. “I don’t know how anyone in the state of Wisconsin can feel comfortable about saying ‘What the hell, I don’t care about preventing deaths.’ That is unimaginable to me. So, we have to step it up.”
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