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Wisconsin reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases for second straight day

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MADISON (WKOW) - For the second day in a row, Wisconsin broke its own record for the number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed through testing in a single 24-hour period.

The Department of Health Services reported 12,702 new test results, of which 845--or 6.7 percent--came back positive, according to the numbers released today.

Measuring the percentage of new cases returned in tests each day helps differentiate if increases in cases are due to greater spread or more testing, according to DHS.

The seven-day average, another measure reported by DHS, has risen over the last several weeks. Over the past week, an average of 7.5 percent of tests has come back positive each day.

The next highest total of new cases reported in a single day was the 754 reported yesterday.

DHS also listed five new deaths and 40 new hospitalizations.

More than 670,000 tests have come back negative since testing began.

Of the positive cases, 27,329, or 79 percent have recovered.

Eau Claire County now has 323 cases of COVID-19. That's an increase of nine cases. Testing in Eau Claire County was high on Friday with 335 tests administered. That is the second highest total of tests since the pandemic began.

In Eau Claire County, 235 people are considered recovered.

DHS now has a county-level dashboard to assess the COVID-19 activity level in counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition regions that measure what DHS calls the burden in each county. View the dashboard HERE.

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