MADISON (WKOW) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin increased again Tuesday as did the number of fatalities attributed to the disease.
The Department of Health Services reported 2,432 new test results, of which 208--or 8.6 percent--came back positive.
Health officials and Gov. Tony Evers have said they will monitor the percentage of new tests that come back positive to determine when the state can reopen. Fourteen days of consistent decline will be needed to reopen the state.
Measuring the percentage of new cases returned in tests each day helps differentiate if increases in cases are due to greater spread or more testing.
As of Monday, Wisconsin had 48 labs capable of processing a total of almost 11,000 tests each day. The number of tests ordered each day is between 2,000 and 3,000.
The number of people infected by the coronavirus since the outbreak began is 6,289.
Over 63,000 tests have come back negative, 2,224 more than Monday.
The disease has killed 300 Wisconsinites. That is up 19 from yesterday. Monroe County reported its first death.
Twenty-three percent of those testing positive so far have been hospitalized, 1,456 people. That is 41 more than the day before.
On Thursday, health officials released the number of recovered cases. That figure stands at 2,313. The new statistic seems to rely heavily on the assumption most people recover within a month, rather than actual verification through testing.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services updates the statistics each day on its website around 2 p.m.
The new strain of the coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. A full list of symptoms is available on the Centers for Disease Control website.
In severe cases, pneumonia can develop. Those most at risk include the elderly, people with heart or lung disease as well as anyone at greater risk of infection.
For most, the virus is mild, presenting similarly to a common cold or the flu.
Anyone who thinks they may have the disease should call ahead to a hospital or clinic before going in for a diagnosis. Doing so gives the staff time to take the proper precautions so the virus does not spread.
Those needing emergency medical services should continue to use 911.
Wisconsin COVID-19 summary
|Status||Number (%) of People as of 4/28/2020|
|Negative Test Results||63,535|
|Positive Test Results||6,289|
Number of positive cases and deaths by county
|Wisconsin County||Positive as of 4/28/2020||Negative as of 4/28/2020||Deaths as of 4/28/2020||Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 4/28/2020||Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 4/28/2020|
|Fond du Lac||69||1,316||3||67.4||4%|