There have been 18,403 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of Sunday, according to the state Department of Health Services. That’s an increase of 173 cases from the day before.
According to health officials, 592 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon.
DHS reported 250,103 negative tests for the new coronavirus, an increase of 7,195 from Saturday to Sunday.
As of Sunday, 62 percent of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered, according to DHS.
Wisconsin’s daily testing capacity has grown from 120 available lab tests in early March to 14,573 as of Sunday. An increase in testing is one reason for the increase in the number of positive cases. The percentage of positive tests was 2.3 percent Sunday, a decrease from 5.3 percent Saturday. On Friday there was a 5.4 percent positive rate.
State Officials Outline New Response Plans
Gov. Tony Evers plans to spend $1 billion in federal funds to combat COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The money will be used to pay for contact tracing, ongoing efforts to test people for the virus, and preparing for a potential surge. On Wednesday, Evers announced the $200 million “Routes to Recovery” grant program funded by the federal coronavirus relief bill and aimed at helping local governments address urgent needs. Evers said $10 million of that will go to Wisconsin’s tribal nations, with the remainder distributed among county, city, village and town governments.
On Thursday, DHS Secretary Andrea Palm announced $10 million will be used to reimburse health clinics providing coronavirus-related care to underserved populations. The funding is from the federal coronavirus relief bill. Rural and tribal health clinics, community health centers, and free and low-cost clinics are eligible for the funding.
Evers’ “Badger Bounce Back” plan no longer has the force of law following a state Supreme Court ruling, but the state’s dashboard for the reopening plan shows Wisconsin has met some key gating criteria, including 95 percent of hospitals being able to treat all patients without crisis standards of care and 95 percent of hospitals claiming they have arranged to test all symptomatic staff treating patients. The state has also seen a downward trajectory of COVID-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period.
Testing Efforts Continue To Ramp Up
Friday was the first time the state met the plan’s goal of testing 12,000 people per day for COVID-19, with DHS reporting a total of 12,869 tests. Testing totals dipped over the weekend, with the DHS reporting 9,320 tests conducted on Saturday, and 7,195 on Sunday.
Other key reopening criteria are not currently being met, according to the DHS dashboard. The percentage of positive tests is not on a downward trajectory over a 14-day period. There also is no 14-day downward trajectory in flu-like illnesses, nor is there a downward trend of COVID-19 cases among health care workers, calculated weekly.
Wisconsin’s criteria for reopening were largely based on federal recommendations.
According to DHS, 2,583 people have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Sunday. That means at least 14 percent of people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the state have been hospitalized. DHS officials have said they don’t know the hospitalization history of 5,732 people, or 31 percent.
There are confirmed cases in all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties.