(FOX 9) - The state of Wisconsin saw its lowest COVID-19 death increase average since October Monday, but case increase metrics show an uptick since Christmas Day.
At 25, the 7-day death increase average was at its lowest point since Oct. 23. At the same time, both the 7-day case increase average and the test positivity average have increased steadily since Christmas Day, according to Wisconsin Department of Health Services data.
In hospitals, 80 percent of beds are full as of Mondahy, leaving 2,172 beds open for new patients. 225 hospitalizations are ICU patients, or 21 percent of total hospitalizations.
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.
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.