WI Sets Record For COVID Cases, Deaths After Court Scraps Stay-At-Home Orders

Megan Everts

Wisconsin is facing a spike in coronavirus cases two weeks after the governor's "Safer at Home" order was overturned.

Exactly two weeks after the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Governor Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order, “the state has set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases,” reported Madison 365.

  • In the past 24 hours, “642 positive cases were identified,” which brought the total number of cases to 16,565 and “[increased] the number of currently active cases by more than 10 percent.”
  • The day was also the state’s deadliest, with “22 people [succumbing] to COVID19… bringing the total death toll to 539.”
  • Additionally, “The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive also rose from 3.6 percent to 5.8 in the past 24 hours.”

Some counties which are facing notable increases are Milwaukee County, Racine County, and Dane County.

  • Milwaukee County featured the largest local increase, “with 271 new cases and 21 percent of tests coming back positive.”
  • Racine County previously had a few days with lower numbers, but now “184 new cases were identified there, with nearly 15 percent of tests returning positive results.”
  • Finally, Dane County — which began its first phase of reopening on Tuesday — has a smaller outbreak taking place, with “25 new cases today, and 51 over the past three days.”

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that “60 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and 3.3 percent have died, leaving about 6,000 active, confirmed infections in the state.”

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