Coronavirus in Wisconsin: New cases reach all-time high as state reports more than 2,000 positive tests

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Wisconsin hit an all-time high Thursday as the state continued to experience a record-breaking surge in positive tests.

The state Department of Health Services reported 2,034 new cases Thursday as well as 9,411 negative tests, for a positivity rate of 17.8%.

The state also reported three additional deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll to 1,231.

Thursday’s record number of new cases was far above case counts from any previous day since the pandemic began. The next-closest day was Sunday, when the state reported 1,582 new cases.

The consistently high new daily case counts have led to a rising seven-day new case average since the start of September. On Thursday the seven-day average was at a new record of 1,409.

People ages 20 to 29 have recorded the highest proportion of cases, with 26% of all cases since the pandemic began. The next-closest age group, those ages 30-39, make up 16% of all cases.

Nearly 1.4 million people have been tested statewide for the virus. Of the 94,746 Wisconsinites who have tested positive:

  • 86.5%, or 81,902, have “recovered” by DHS standards, meaning there is documented proof their symptoms have resolved or it’s been 30 days since their diagnosis.
  • 12.2%, or 11,595, are considered “active,” meaning they aren’t recovered and haven’t died.

Global cases have surpassed 29.9 million as of mid-Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 6.6 million of those cases and 197,200 deaths were in the United States.