Wisconsin surpasses 400,000 total coronavirus cases

Posted at 2:04 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 15:35:17-05

MADISON (NBC 26) — The total number of confirmed cases in Wisconsin is now more than 400,000.

Friday's latest coronavirus report from the state Department of Health Services (DHS) shows 4,847 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state, bringing the state total to 404,555.

DHS said in an update Friday that on November 13, the state topped 300,000 confirmed cases. Just three weeks later, Wisconsin is now at more than 400,000. DHS says the state's 7-day average of new confirmed cases sits above 4,000.

The percentage of recovery went up slightly Friday to 83%. There are currently 63,202 active cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin.

The latest death toll in Wisconsin related to coronavirus is now at 3,625 - an increase of 63. The number of people ever hospitalized in the state due to coronavirus increased by 202 Friday, raising the total number to 17,943.

Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday cited high case countsin the state when making the argument with President Donald Trump’s administration to get $466 million to fight the virus and prioritize the state for vaccine distribution. Wisconsin is slated to receive 50,000 doses within weeks but Evers wants enough to vaccinate the state’s 450,000 health care workers.

Evers is also urging Republicans who control the Legislature to act quickly on virus-related bills, but Senate Republicans have said they won’t return until January.

Wisconsin’s death count is the 25th highest in the country overall and the 31st highest per capita at 65 deaths per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has decreased by 41%.

There were 1,176 new cases per 100,000 people in Wisconsin over the past two weeks, which ranks 12th in the country for new cases per capita. One in every 204 people in Wisconsin tested positive in the past week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.