LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Two days after the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported no new deaths tied to the COVID-19 virus, the state went the opposite direction, reporting a new single-day high.
104 more fatalities push the overall count above 31-hundred.
There were roughly 62-hundred new positive tests and 279 more cases have required hospitalization.
Wisconsin’s 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases sits at 5,732. According to the DHS, that average was around 44-hundred at the end of October and more than 23-hundred at the end of September.
While today’s average is well below the record 7-day average set last week, DHS Secretary Andrea Palm says we’re not yet “flattening the curve.”
Palm said, “While we’re certainly happy to start to see a slight decline and some of our numbers, we are far from out of the woods, and people need to double down. People need to continue to do what they are doing and do it more, particularly coming into this holiday weekend, where there will certainly be temptations to attend larger gatherings to get with family and friends and let our guard down.”
Two new deaths out of Eau Claire County today to move up to 56. New cases went up by 86.
Chippewa County also adds two fatalities, along with 72 more positive tests.
48 new cases in Dunn County and one new death.
La Crosse County is now at 75-hundred COVID-19 cases, with 99 new positive tests today.
Wisconsin nursing homes have seen a spike in COVID-19-related deaths, with nearly 300 reported during a recent four-week span.
Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services show 294 residents died of the virus between October 12th and November 8th.
The figure is more than 10 times the 28 deaths that were reported in the previous month. The number of cases in nursing homes has also surged.
In the latest reporting period, nursing homes reported 2,130 residents with new COVID-19 cases, up from 387 new cases in the preceding four-week period.