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Wisconsin reports most COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours since late February


(WAOW) — On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) added 34 COVID-19 deaths from the day before.

It's the fourth time in the last week that death reports are in the double digits and exactly doubles Tuesday's report. This report is the largest single-day increase in deaths since February 25, when 52 deaths were recorded.

The latest report brings the total of those who have died from the virus in Wisconsin throughout the pandemic to 6,807.

With the report comes a jump in the seven-day average for deaths: it increased from eight to 12. A week ago, the average was four, the lowest report in recent months.

DHS also reports 688 new COVID-19 cases along with 4,435 negative test results. This brings the total of confirmed cases throughout the pandemic to 596,552. Of those, DHS considers 8,961 (1.5%) as still active.

After a brief spike, the seven-day average for new confirmed cases and percent positive by test are dropping. As of Wednesday, only 3.2% of tests are returning as positive, down from 3.8% on April 12. That average's record low is 2%, reported on March 11.

The seven day average for cases is 612, down from 929 on April 14.

DHS also reported 79 people were newly hospitalized.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 342 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Wisconsin hospitals, up 11 from the day prior.

Of those, 107 are in the ICU, up two from the day before, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

As of Wednesday, a total of 4,302,648 vaccines have been administered throughout Wisconsin.

So far, 42.5 percent of Wisconsinites have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and 32.4 percent of the state has completed the vaccine series.

Vaccination numbers can change on a rolling basis as the state gets more data each day.

DHS has a county-level dashboard to assess the COVID-19 activity level in counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition regions that measure what DHS calls the burden in each county. View the dashboard HERE.

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