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- Wisconsin has confirmed a total of 182,687 cases and 1,681 deaths.
- The seven-day average of new cases was close to 3,500 for the first time since the pandemic started.
- More than 170 deaths have been reported since last Wednesday.
Wisconsin reported its highest single-day COVID-19 death count as the state has become a coronavirus hot spot over the past several weeks; experiencing record numbers of cases and hospitalizations.
Wisconsin confirmed 48 new coronavirus deaths and more than 4,000 additional cases on Wednesday.
The last seven days have been the deadliest in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, with 173 COVID-19 fatalities reported since Oct. 14. There has been an average of 21 deaths per day over the last week, compared to an average of just five deaths per day a month ago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The state continues to see high levels of coronavirus hospitalizations with some areas reporting more than 90 percent of ICU beds are in use. The seven-day average of new cases was close to 3,500 for the first time since the pandemic started. Wisconsin has confirmed a total of 182,687 cases and 1,681 deaths.
The record comes on the same day the first patient was admitted to a field hospital near Milwaukee that’s been set up to serve as the overflow facility for hospitals across the state. The facility located on the state fairgrounds in West Allis has space for 530 patients. The field hospital does not take walk-in patients but instead coordinates with hospitals to treat those who are not seriously ill.
“We are thankful to have this facility available to Wisconsinites and our hospitals, but also saddened that this is where Wisconsin is at today,” Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) said in a statement.
“Folks, please stay home. Help us protect our communities from this highly-contagious virus and avoid further strain on our hospitals,” he said.
The situation in Wisconsin comes as many states are experiencing surges in outbreaks headed into the colder months and flu season.
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