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Wisconsin officials confirm nearly 2,700 new COVID-19 cases

Wisconsin officials confirm nearly 2,700 new COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 coronavirus

Electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin health officials on Sunday confirmed 2,676 new positive tests of the coronavirus, lifting the number of cases over the weekend to more than 5,400 and the overall total to more than 150,000.

More than 50,000 new cases have been confirmed in the last three weeks, according to Wisconsin Department of Health Services data.

The update shows that about 29,000 of the cases, or more than 19% of the total, remain active. Officials confirmed seven more deaths in the last day, for a total of 1,465 since the pandemic began.

The state reached a new all-time high in its seven-day average of the percent of positive tests at 18.6%, officials said. Hospitalizations rose by 79 in the last day.

There were about 583 new cases per 100,000 people in Wisconsin over the past two weeks, which ranks fourth-highest in the country for new cases per capita, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

Public Health Madison and Dane County has reported a total of 11,381 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 427 were hospitalized and 44 have died; 213,462 people have been tested in Dane County.

County health officials recorded 15 patients with COVID-19 in the ICU on Saturday and an increase of 176 confirmed cases from Friday to Saturday.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with pre-existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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