COVID-19 in Wisconsin: 3 key metrics continue declines

The state of Wisconsin continues to show downward trends in three key COVID-19 tracking metrics Monday. 

According to the Department of Health Services, the 7-day averages in test positivity, case increases and death increases have all showed steady declines over the last week. 

The test positivity average was 27.9 percent Monday after declining slowly over the last few days. The 7-day case increase average, which is down to 3,509 Monday, is decreasing more rapidly. Finally, the 7-day death increase average is down to 47, also continuing a downward trend over the last week, despite spikes at the beginning of the month. 

In hospitals, 82 percent of COVID-19 beds are full as of Monday, down slightly from over the weekend. 1,976 beds are now available. 318 patients are in intensive care, Monday. 

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 until November 21.  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 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.