(Dodge County) Dodge County saw its largest single day increase in COVID-19 cases Wednesday and its third recorded death. The county now has 383 positive tests, a jump of 157 from Tuesday. That increase is attributed to the number of inmates testing positive at Waupun Correctional, which has grown to 225 in the past week, along with 19 employees.
Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says some of those prison numbers had slowly filtered into daily updates, but the state health department has just now caught up on imputing all of the positive cases. She says that positive tests at the prisons have been incrementally entered into the county’s tally over the past few weeks and that Wednesday’s jump was the remaining positive tests. Sauer notes that mass testing at the prisons bogged down the reporting system.
Dodge County had 398 negative tests announced Wednesday for a running total of 5,180. Sauer says Dodge County’s negative tests will also see an increase in coming days once the prisons numbers are entered into the system. Dodge County health officials are currently monitoring 50 individuals while 112 people have recovered.
Wisconsin health officials are reporting a statewide increase of 483 cases of COVID-19 in Wednesday’s daily update. There is a total of 19,400 people now having tested positive. Two-point-nine-percent (2.9-percent) of the nearly 16,000 tests administered came back positive Wednesday, compared to 3.6-percent Tuesday and 3.9-percent Monday.
State public health officials reported nine deaths bringing that total to 616.
Washington County has eight deaths on record and 261 positive tests. Fond du Lac County has five deaths being reported and 221 people having tested positive. Jefferson County has reported three deaths and has a total 114 cases. There has been one death in Columbia County and 44 positive cases. Green Lake County now has 22 cases.
A final note on the coronavirus numbers in Dodge County as it relates to prisons, Steven Avery — who according to state court records is incarcerated at Waupun Correctional for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach — has tested positive for coronavirus, according to his attorney.