(Wisconsin) Wisconsin leads the nation in coronavirus transmission. That’s according to The COVID Tracking Project from The Atlantic. The magazine’s data shows that for two weeks straight – the last week of June and first week of July – Wisconsin has had the fastest rate of transmission of the novel coronavirus. According to The COVID Tracking Project’s data, every other Midwest state is middle of the road. Illinois leads the region, ranking 11th for the slowest spread of the virus.
Thursday’s COVID-19 numbers in Wisconsin set two records. The Department of Health Services reported 754 new confirmed cases – a single day record – out of 13,158 tests processed in the previous 24 hours, also a record. The rate of positive tests was 5.7 percent, compared to 5.6-percent Wednesday. There are 6,302 active cases in the state, which is 19-percent of the 33,908 people who have tested positive to date. So far, there have been 26,305 recoveries.
State health officials recorded two more deaths bringing that number to 809. Deaths accounted for two-point-four-percent (2.4%) of all cases in Wisconsin while 11-percent of those known to have contracted the virus needed to be hospitalized.
Dodge County has five deaths on record and 492 cases, an increase of four from Wednesday. The county had 120 negative tests returned for a running total of 11,481. Local public health officials are actively monitoring 30 people.
Washington County has 17 deaths on record along with ten new cases, for a total of 461. Fond du Lac County has six deaths and 354 positive tests to date. Jefferson County has four deaths and 315 cases, a dozen more than yesterday. Green Lake County has 41 cases.