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Wisconsin reports 18 more COVID-19 deaths as cases surge

Wisconsin reports 18 more COVID-19 deaths as cases surge

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

Wisconsin health officials reported another 18 COVID-19 deaths and more than 2,700 newly confirmed cases on Saturday, as the state’s surge in coronavirus cases continues.

The new deaths reported Saturday bring the statewide total to 1,458 — representing 1% of cases in the state. Wisconsin added 2,742 new cases, bringing that statewide total to 147,560.

The seven-day average percentage of positive cases is 17.6%, an increase from Friday’s percentage of 17.4%.

Wisconsin also reported 120 new hospitalizations for COVID-19.

A total of 28,201 people in Wisconsin currently have an active case of the coronavirus, according to health department data.

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As the brunt of the virus has blown into the Upper Midwest and northern Plains, the severity of outbreaks in rural communities has come into focus. Doctors and health officials in small towns worry that infections may overwhelm communities with limited medical resources.

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