MADISON (WKOW) -- There were 62 new deaths recorded due to COVID-19 in the past day and 201 people were newly-hospitalized, according to the latest numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
However because of delays in data collection, the daily totals don't always correlate to the actual number of deaths on a particular day, although they do over time. Deaths by day are reported by DHS HERE.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 1,892 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Wisconsin hospitals, down 94 from the day prior. That accounts for 373 people being released from the hospital.
Of those, 441 are in the ICU, up 5 from the day before, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
There have been 5,095 positive COVID-19 tests since yesterday in Wisconsin and 8,653 negative cases.
The 62 deaths brings the total of those killed by the disease in Wisconsin to 3,240 people (0.9 percent of positive cases).
Of all positive cases reported since the pandemic began, 296,577 or 79.2 percent, are considered recovered.
DHS now has a county-level dashboard to assess the COVID-19 activity level in counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition regions that measure what DHS calls the burden in each county. View the dashboard HERE.
Deaths, hospitalizations due to COVID-19
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.