Wisconsin hits new daily records for virus cases, deaths
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has hit a pair of grim coronavirus milestones, with record highs for positive cases and deaths reported Tuesday, on the eve of an overflow field hospital opening near Milwaukee.
The state Department of Health Services reported 3,279 confirmed new cases, breaking a record of 3,132 set just five days earlier. There were 34 deaths reported, also a new high, bringing the total number of people who have died to 1,508. To date, more than 155,000 people in Wisconsin have tested positive.
Wisconsin's death count as of Monday was the 30th highest in the country overall and the 42nd highest per capita at more than 25 deaths per 100,000 people. The 595 new cases per 100,000 people in Wisconsin over the past two weeks, which ranks fourth in the country for new cases per capita.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers attributed the increase to the Wisconsin Supreme Court striking down his “safer at home” order in May at the request of Republicans opponents, as well as fatigue over wearing masks and taking other steps to slow the spread.
“We let down our guard,” he said on a conference call.
Outbreaks have also been reported at three state prisons — the Racine Correctional Institution/Sturtevant Transitional Facility, the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution and the Oshkosh Correctional Institution.
Evers said those outbreaks reflect the continued spread of the virus.
“The numbers are very, very concerning,” Evers said.
Evers urged people to stay at home, wear masks when they go out, limit exposure to others and maintain a social distance.
“We have to get this virus under control and help flatten the curve to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed," he said on a conference call.
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