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Over 850 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Wisconsin as positive percentage of new tests rises

August 20, 2020 3:03 PM

Brandon Arbuckle

Posted: August 20, 2020 3:03 PM

Updated: August 20, 2020 11:19 PM

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin health officials have confirmed more than 850 new cases of COVID-19 across the state Thursday.

Out of the 9,871 people tested in the past day, 851* of those results came back positive as of 5:40 p.m. That’s a noticeable increase, as Wednesday’s case count peaked at 613.

In Dane County, public health officials said new daily COVID-19 cases have dropped by almost 50% since the county’s mask mandate went into effect.

State and county health officials said Wisconsin has reached a lifetime total of 68,500 confirmed cases, with 11.8% of those still active.

According to the state Department of Health Services, the positive percentage of new tests once again went up half a percentage point, with Thursday’s total now at 7.5%. The seven-day average continues to sit at 8%.

Health officials said six more people have died, which puts the state’s death toll at 1,074. Another 39 people have also been hospitalized Thursday. With 11,501 hospital beds, 21% remain available.

On Wednesday, DHS officials classified 65 out of the state’s 72 counties as having high activity levels for disease spread.

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*News 3 Now uses data from DHS and county dashboards to calculate daily cases and deaths. DHS posts new numbers daily at 2 p.m., and our newsroom continues to update our totals throughout the day with additional cases that individual counties report. By using a combination of state and county data, News 3 Now is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date COVID-19 coverage.

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