DHS Releases County-Level Dashboard as COVID-19 Positive Cases Drop to 2.2 Percent

MADISON (WKOW) – The percentage of COVID-19 positive cases decreased Tuesday in new figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

DHS also released a new county-level dashboard to assess COVID-19 activity level in counties and regions of the Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition that measures what DHS calls the burden in each county.

See the board HERE.

The Department of Health Services reported 11,531 new test results, of which 263 – or 2.2 percent – tested positive, according to new numbers released today.

According to DHS, measuring the percentage of new cases returned on testing each day helps to differentiate whether the increases in cases are due to further spread or more testing.

Over the past seven days, an average of 3.4 percent of tests have returned with positive results.

Percentage of positive cases

Date Percentage
June 23 2.2
June 22nd 3.8
June 21 4.6
June 20th 3.8
19th of June 2.5
June 18 4.0 4.0
June 17 2.6
June 16 2.4

Health officials reported a new death related to COVID-19, with a total of 745.

Also in the latest numbers reported Monday by DHS, there were 11 new hospitalizations.

13% of those diagnosed with COVID-19 have been hospitalized.

Deaths, hospitalizations from COVID-19

Date New
June 23 5 5 37 750 3268
June 22nd one eleven 745 3231
June 21 0 0 17 744 3220
June 20th 14 26 744 3203
19th of June eleven 17 730 3177
June 18 7 7 32 719 3160
June 17 9 9 32 712 3128
June 16 9 9 35 703 3096

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services updates statistics every day on its website around 2 pm

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The new coronavirus strain causes COVID-19 disease. Symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. A complete list of symptoms is available on the Centers for Disease Control website.

In severe cases, pneumonia can develop. Those at greatest risk are the elderly, people with heart or lung disease, as well as anyone at increased risk of infection.

For most, the virus is mild and occurs similar to a common cold or flu.

Anyone who thinks they may have the disease should call a hospital or clinic ahead of time before requesting a diagnosis. In doing so, staff have time to take appropriate precautions so that the virus does not spread.

Those who need emergency medical services should continue to use 911.

(A timeline of the spread of the virus in Wisconsin is available here.)