COVID-19 case average continues to rise in Wisconsin
(FOX 9) - The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continued to rise on Saturday, one day after the state surpassed 500,000 confirmed cases.
Saturday, the state reported 3,046 new cases and 36 new deaths along with 120 hospitalizations from the coronavirus.
The average for cases has steadily climbed since December 26, after the state saw a dip around the holidays, moving from an average of 1,882 cases per day to nearly 3,000 as of Saturday. The average for deaths has also climbed since the start of the New Year.
Since the start of the pandemic, 5,155 people have died from COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
The pandemic so far
COVID-19 infections can often go undetected and be asymptomatic; laboratory-confirmed tests only represent a fraction of actual COVID-19 cases. A study from the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that actual cases in some instances were six to 24 times greater than reported cases.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced an indoor mask mandate for people over the age of 5, which he extended. Face coverings while indoors except at a private residence have been required since Aug. 1.
Evers extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 26, but on May 13, the state Supreme Court blocked the extension, effectively opening all establishments in the state. Hours later, images emerged of packed bars across the state, leading the Governor to call his state "The Wild West." Evers' original "Safer at Home" order went into effect on March 25. In October, a judge did however allow Evers' mask mandate to remain in effect.
On April 4, President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Wisconsin due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This declaration allows for federal funding to be allocated to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that were impacted by the virus.
For more information, go to the state health department's website.
If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, you can Text COVID19 to 211-211, visit 211Wisconsin.org or call 211. Call volumes are high, so officials are asking people to be patient and try to use the text or online options first.
If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, health officials advise you to call your health care provider.