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Wisconsin tops 2,000 COVID-19 cases for 4th straight day

Wisconsin tops 2,000 COVID-19 cases for 4th straight day

COVID-19 coronavirus

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

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin health officials on Sunday reported 2,217 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the fourth day in a row the state has confirmed more than 2,000 positive tests.

The update showed a positivity rate of 27.6% for the more than 8,000 COVID-19 tests results processed in the last day. A single-day record of 2,817 cases was reported Saturday.

The death toll remained at 1,281 people as no new fatalities were reported Sunday.

Wisconsin ranks third in the country behind North Dakota and South Dakota in the number of new virus cases per capita in the last two weeks, according to The COVID Tracking Project. The rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by 967, an increase of nearly 93%, according to figures compiled Saturday.

Over the course of the pandemic, 115,862 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Wisconsin. About 82% of those people have recovered, while over 19,000 have active infections.

For most people, the new 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 existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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