COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Brown County has highest rate of infection
(FOX 9) - Brown County remains the region with the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in the state of Wisconsin, according to Department of Health Services data.
According to new data Tuesday, 753.7 of every 100,000 Brown County residents have been infected with COVID-19. The county is just shy of 2,000 postive cases with 1,958. 20 people have died from the coronavirus in the county that houses the city of Green Bay.
Other counties with high rates of infection are Milwaukee County (426.4 per 100,000) and Kenosha County (425.4 per 100,000).
Statewide, 10,611 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 418 people have died from it. 1,877, or 18 percent of positive cases, have been hospitalized with the virus. The state has turned in 112,748 negative test results as well.
Recently, Gov. Tony Evers announced the state's reopening plan, called the Badger Bounce Back. Starting Monday, Wisconsin retail stores will be allowed to open with limited customers.
Evers extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 26. In addition, Wisconsin and five other states announced a regional pact to reopen the economy.
Wisconsin ordered all of its State Parks, forests and recreation areas closed April 9, but announced 34 of them will reopen May 1.
The state's first deaths were reported on March 19.
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.
On March 24, Evers directed the Department of Health Services to issue a "Safer At Home" order that prohibits all nonessential travel in the state, with some exceptions.
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.
To prevent illness, wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, clean frequently touched surfaces every day and stay home when you are sick.