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6.9 percent of COVID-19 tests come back positive; 8 more dead

4-29 WI Confirmed Cases 6520
4-29 WI Confirmed Deaths 308

MADISON (WKOW) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin increased again Wednesday as did the number of fatalities attributed to the disease.

The Department of Health Services reported 3,326 new test results, of which 231--or 6.9 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 Wednesday, Wisconsin had 50 labs capable of processing a total of 11,047 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 6,520. 

Over 66,000 tests have come back negative, 3,095 more than Tuesday.

The disease has killed 308 Wisconsinites. That is up eight from yesterday.

Twenty-three percent of those testing positive so far have been hospitalized, 1,489 people. That is 33 more than the day before.

Last 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.

(Our entire coronavirus coverage is available here.)

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.

(A timeline of the virus' spread in Wisconsin is available here.)

Wisconsin COVID-19 summary

StatusNumber (%) of People as of 4/29/2020
Negative Test Results66,630
Positive Test Results6,520
Hospitalizations1,489 (23%)
Deaths308

Number of positive cases and deaths by county

Wisconsin CountyPositive as of 4/29/2020Negative as of 4/29/2020Deaths as of 4/29/2020Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 4/29/2020Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 4/29/2020
Adams4155119.925%
Ashland2129012.70%
Barron6724013.30%
Bayfield3184120.033%
Brown9712,5663373.80%
Buffalo4180130.425%
Burnett08200.00%
Calumet12354024.10%
Chippewa21962033.00%
Clark20211458.020%
Columbia27745147.44%
Crawford3215018.40%
Dane42410,3232280.05%
Dodge33890137.63%
Door12128243.717%
Douglas9494020.70%
Dunn9933020.20%
Eau Claire271,795026.20%
Florence221046.10%
Fond du Lac691,332367.44%
Forest05200.00%
Grant35751667.517%
Green11314029.80%
Green Lake2174010.70%
Iowa7257029.60%
Iron240135.050%
Jackson12282158.58%
Jefferson45873053.20%
Juneau14341153.07%
Kenosha3631,86511215.63%
Kewaunee14120168.87%
La Crosse272,045022.90%
Lafayette4109023.90%
Langlade010600.00%
Lincoln017700.00%
Manitowoc11356113.99%
Marathon17647112.66%
Marinette7357117.314%
Marquette3162119.733%
Menominee149021.80%
Milwaukee2,81514,119177295.06%
Monroe14734130.87%
Oconto8271021.30%
Oneida6274017.00%
Outagamie541,272229.24%
Ozaukee86890997.410%
Pepin011100.00%
Pierce10397024.00%
Polk427609.20%
Portage528207.10%
Price18107.40%
Racine3172,12112162.24%
Richland11245262.718%
Rock1831,7976113.13%
Rusk4118028.20%
Sauk44753369.27%
Sawyer3253018.30%
Shawano10316024.40%
Sheboygan46828239.94%
St. Croix13489014.80%
Taylor09900.00%
Trempealeau248606.80%
Vernon139603.30%
Vilas4132018.50%
Walworth1567978151.45%
Washburn116106.40%
Washington971,686472.14%
Waukesha3293,5921682.55%
Waupaca8364115.613%
Waushara217108.30%
Winnebago511,188130.02%
Wood243102.70%
Total6,52066,630308112.85%

JT Cestkowski

Social Media Content Producer/Desk Editor

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