LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – One of the first places in the country hit especially hard by the coronavirus was New York City. At its worst in April, America’s largest city topped out at close to 53- hundred cases per day during week-long stretches.
That stat is being surpassed by the entire state of Wisconsin.
The State Department of Health Services logs nearly 75- hundred positive COVID-19 tests today, which is a new record.
58 more people died from the virus. 264 more people are in the hospital with the coronavirus.
Today, the Deputy Secretary for the State DHS says the average number of positive tests per day during the past week currently sits at 6,209 cases per day.
Julie Willems Van Dijk, Dept. of Health Services Deputy Secretary, “This spring, ambulance sirens ran non-stop in the streets of New York. The reality of COVID-19 was unavoidable, with so many people living in such close proximity, you could see the devastation the virus was creating in the city. The residents of our state are more spread out. So, it’s easier to miss the crisis. But, this virus and the death it brings with it, are everywhere in this state.”
Eau Claire County sees its second-highest, single-day increase of COVID-19 cases with 183.
The record number of cases remains 240, logged exactly one week ago.
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department lowered the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the county by one to 34.
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Slightly more than three percent of all cases in the county have required hospitalization.
Today, City-County Health Department Director Lieske Giese reinforced the need follow recommended health guidelines.
Giese, “I’ve heard people in this community say just let people live their lives but people make their own choices I understand why that sentiment might be out there I need everybody to understand is that the individual choices that people are making right now are causing problems they’re not safe and they may be unsafe for others i need everybody to lean in and do those things that will make it all of us to get through the next number of months.”
Two more COVID-19 fatalities are out today in Chippewa County. Their case count went up by 137.
Trempealeau County adds one more death, with 51 more positive tests.
La Crosse County increases by 185.
Barron County tacks on 75 more cases, and Dunn County logs 33 more COVID-19 cases.