Wisconsin DHS: COVID-19 cases up 7,048; deaths up 62

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reported 7,048 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 285,891.

The DHS also reported a total of 2,457 deaths related to COVID-19 -- up 62 from Tuesday.

Wednesday's reported case increase marks back-to-back days with at least 7,000 cases reported, and the third time to date. It is the third-highest, single-day rise on record. Likewise, Wednesday's reported death increase marks back-to-back days with at least 60 virus-related deaths. It ties the third-highest, single-day rise on record.

Among those who have tested positive, 13,507 people have required hospitalization (4.7%) and 214,469 people have recovered (76.9%). There are 61,944 active cases (22.2%).

There are currently 11 patients at the alternate care facility at Wisconsin State Fair Park -- up from six on Tuesday.

Statewide, more than 2.2 million people have been tested for COVID-19, of which more than 1.9 have tested negative.

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On Wednesday, the Mayo Clinic Health System said hospitals in the state's northwestern region are full to capacity.

System officials said 100% of their beds are full at area hospitals, which encompasses Eau Claire. They say 50% of the patients in intensive care have COVID-19 and 40% of their medical or surgical beds are filled with coronavirus patients.

In addition, 300 workers are on work restrictions due to COVID-19 exposure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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About COVID-19 (from the CDC)

Symptoms: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).


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