LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – More than 40 percent of today’s COVID-19 tests in the state came back positive, while overall testing remains well below recent weeks.
The latest numbers from the state department of health services show an average of slightly more than 11-thousand 2-hundred tests during the past week. A month ago, the state was adding more than 16-thousand tests per day.
Also included in today’s statewide update, more than 41-hundred new positive tests, 68 additional deaths, and 214 more hospitalizations.
DHS Secretary Andrea Palm says the low test numbers have her “scratching her head.”
Palm said, “It’s not entirely clear to us what is in the minds of 5.8 million Wisconsinites that has reduced those seeking testing on a daily basis. We know from conversations with our colleagues around the country that there are some states who similarly to us are seeing a decline. We know that there are some states who saw a lag coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday but have returned to their pre-thanksgiving levels and we know that there are some places in the country that are above where they were pre-thanksgiving.”
In western Wisconsin, La Crosse County reports one new death for a total of 42 today and 127 new cases for a total above 88 hundred.
Eau Claire County’s case count goes up by 29, now sitting at eight thousand 207. The county’s 7-day positivity average remains less than 30 percent for a fourth straight day.
The Mayo Clinic Health System provided a COVID-19 update this afternoon and while they are encouraged with the decrease in the recent trend in the number of hospitalizations, the fact that there was an uptick in cases from yesterday to today is a cause of concern for a possible post-thanksgiving surge.
Amy Williams, M.D., Executive Dean of Mayo Clinic Practice said, “Because we are right at that time when people that were exposed during the Thanksgiving holiday would be getting symptoms and would need to be tested. So please, if you were at any function or gathering over Thanksgiving where anyone has ended up positive or developed symptoms of COVID-19, please be tested.”
Dr. Williams says Mayo will be ready to distribute vaccines when they become available and encourage people to talk to their healthcare provider or doctor about any concerns.