More than 700 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday in Wisconsin

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 15:32:14-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials confirmed about 750 more cases of COVID-19 in the state Thursday.

The state has now seen 33,908 confirmed cases since the pandemic began in March. That’s an increase of 754 cases from Wednesday. Health officials recorded two more COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, bringing the overall death toll to 809.

Of the 12,404 test results reported Thursday, 5.7% were positive. That’s up from 5.6% of 10,138 tests reported Wednesday but continues a downward trend from 10.8% on July 4.

The state had 6,302 active cases as of Thursday, up from 6,037 on Wednesday. Wisconsin’s population is about 5.8 million people.

Wisconsin National Guard officials announced Thursday that people waiting to be tested at sites staffed by Guard troops can now fill out their information through a new state website dubbed Covid Connect while they wait in line.

Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, the Guard’s top commanders, told reporters during a teleconference that the website will spare soldiers from having to interview each person and enter their information by hand, speeding up testing.