MADISON (WKOW) — 2,659 new COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday in Wisconsin, according to the latest numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin is at 1,652, according to the latest numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
As of Thursday afternoon, 417 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Wisconsin hospitals. Of those, 65 are in the ICU, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. This data is updated daily at 3:30 p.m.
The Department of Health Services dashboard also shows the seven-day average of new confirmed cases to be 1,652 and the seven-day average of new probable cases to be 236. (CHART). The seven-day average for percent positive by test is 13.6%
According to the CDC as of May 26, Green, Richland and Lafayette counties have low COVID-19 community transmission rates. The rest of the counties in the 27 News viewing area have medium COVID-19 community transmission rates. The CDC updates these classifications daily here.
The new strain of the coronavirus causes COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. A full list of symptoms is available on the Centers for Disease Control website.
In severe cases, pneumonia can develop. Those most at risk include the elderly, people with heart or lung disease as well as anyone at greater risk of infection.
For most, the virus is mild, presenting similarly to a common cold or the flu.
Anyone who thinks they may have the disease should call ahead to a hospital or clinic before going in for a diagnosis. Doing so gives the staff time to take the proper precautions so the virus does not spread.
Those needing emergency medical services should continue to use 911.