As the U.S. broke a record for daily COVID deaths this week, Wisconsin saw a slight decline in its death toll but a tick up in new confirmed cases.
Wisconsin health officials reported 35 deaths Wednesday, bringing down the seven-day average death toll to 29 — the lowest the average has been since late October.
There were 2,755 new cases reported Wednesday, significantly down from the highs of last month but the most since Thursday, bringing up the seven-day average for new cases slightly after it has been declining most of the month.
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New cases reported: 2,755
New deaths reported: 35
Number hospitalized: 1,074 (intensive care: 244)
Seven-day average of daily cases: 1,956 (down 2,253 from one month ago)
Seven-day average of daily deaths: 29 (down 14 from one month ago)
Total cases since the start of pandemic: 477,292 (27,729 active cases)
Total deaths: 4,818
► The U.S. reported a record 3,725 COVID deaths Tuesday, according to data published by Johns Hopkins University Wednesday. The previous record was 3,448 deaths Dec. 16. After hitting an early peak in April, nationwide death counts had dipped but resurged in November and December to new highs.
► Gov. Tony Evers gave a radio address Wednesday urging people to seek mental health support this winter and visit dhs.wisconsin.gov/resilient for resources. He also suggested texting HOPELINE to 741-741 for free emotional support. Resources specifically for children and families are available at children.wi.gov.
► Assembly Democrats said they may skip the inauguration of state lawmakers next week because Republican leaders aren’t requiring masks. Lawmakers and others who work in the state Capitol have been infected with COVID in recent months, though officials have not detailed the extent of any outbreaks.