COVID-19 in Wisconsin: 12 new deaths reported, 7-day case increase average dips slightly

The state of Wisconsin reported 12 new COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours Wednesday, bringing the pandemic death total to 1,142. 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 545 new cases were reported Wednesday, bringing the rolling 7-day case increase average to 696, down from more than 700 Tuesday. 

77,129 Wisconsinities have tested positive for the virus to date, 68,641 of which have recovered. 5,916 have been hospitalized with COVID-19 to date. 

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 last month an indoor mask mandate for people over the age of 5. Face coverings while indoors except at a private residence are required as of Saturday, 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. 

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.

If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, you can Text COVID19 to 211-211, visit 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.