COVID-19 in Wisconsin: 870 new cases, 5 new deaths Wednesday

A digital sign directs people to the drive-through coronavirus testing area. (Photo by John Paraskevas/Newsday RM vis Getty Images)

The state of Wisconsin reported 870 new COVID-19 cases and 5 new deaths in the past 24 hours Wednesday. 

The new data, released by the state's Department of Health, shows a total of 51,049 cases and 911 deaths to date. 

40,416 people have recovered from the virus and 4,539 people have been hospitlalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began. 

Gov. Tony Evers extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 26, but on May 13, the state Supreme Court blocked the extension, effecively 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 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. 

To prevent illness, wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, clean frequently touched surfaces every day and stay home when you are sick.