LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The state DHS recorded more coronavirus-related deaths today than it had in any single day in four months.
17 new deaths from COVID-19 complications brought the overall number of deaths since the pandemic began in Wisconsin to 13-hundred. That is the highest one-day total since May 30.
The number of new cases in the state also shot back over the 2-thousand mark, where it has been for five of the past six days. Governor Evers took a swipe at President Trump and State Republican Leaders who have challenged his efforts to slow the virus by downplaying the severity of the crisis.
Evers said, “When you have leadership at the top that is continuing – even to this day – somewhat inconsistent with the severity of what this is. ‘We’re rounding the corner. It is a hoax. It is a big deal. It’s not a big deal.” that sends a message that what we’re trying to accomplish is baloney and it’s not baloney.”
A look at COVID-19 increases in our area.
Eau Claire County adds 29 more positive tests today. It’s the first time in two weeks the daily rise is below 30.
Dunn County shows its highest single-day increase with 37 more cases today, closing in on 600 total.
La Crosse County adds 40, and Chippewa County moves up by 10.
Less than 2 percent of Wisconsin residents had antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 as of July, based on early results of a new study.
The study was conducted by the State Department of Health Services, the university of Wisconsin-Madison’s survey of the health of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin state laboratory of hygiene.
The study tested 1,056 people and of those, 1.6% were positive for the antibodies, indicating that they had been previously infected, even if they didn’t have symptoms.
Wisconsin Corrections Officials say Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution has more than 260 active cases of the coronavirus, in addition to another 100 inmates who have recovered from the virus.
That makes the medium-security prison between Fond Du Lac and Sheboygan the state prison with the highest number of COVID-19 cases among inmates since the pandemic began in March. It’s also the institution with the highest number of active cases.