For the second day in a row, Wisconsin reported a record-breaking number of COVID-19 cases Friday, hitting more than 2,500 daily positive cases.
The Department of Health Services reported 2,533 cases, or nearly 500 more cases than Thursday, which also was a record-setting day. Out of the 13,067 coronavirus test results released Friday, 19.4% came back positive for the virus.
The seven-day average case count on Friday rose to 1,576, and the seven-day average positivity rate continued to increase, hitting 15.3%.
In all, 97,279 people have tested positive for the virus in the state, and of those cases, 12,839 remain active. On Friday, seven more deaths from COVID-19 were reported, bringing the state’s total death toll to 1,238.
The figures continue a trend of record-setting COVID-19 numbers this month, driven largely by college students who have returned to UW System campuses.
In an interview with Wisconsin Health News on Friday, UW System interim President Tommy Thompson said closing down the colleges is not on the table.
Thompson told the news outlet he’s “not at all surprised” by how quickly the numbers have grown and attributed it more frequent testing of college student than the general population.
He said case counts at campuses are stabilizing or on the decline, and few cases have been linked to in-person classes, the news outlet reported.
On Friday, UW-Madison reported 108 students and four employee had been diagnosed with COVID-19 through on-campus or off-campus testing sites, down from Thursday’s reported figures. It brings the university’s total cases among students and employees to 2,511.
The seven-day average positivity rate at UW-Madison has declined the past several days.
The New York Times reported Friday that six of the 20 metro areas in the United States seeing the fastest rise in cases on a population-adjusted basis are in Wisconsin, including La Crosse at No. 1.
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