COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Fewer than 1,000 new cases reported Monday
(FOX 9) - The state of Wisconsin reported fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time in a month.
The last time the state reported fewer than 1,000 cases was the day after Christmas, where Christmas Day reporting delays likely contributed to the low case count. Before that, the previous day below 1,000 was Sept. 19.
With 946 new cases reported Monday, the 7-day case increase average dipped to 1,577, continuing its downward trend. The 7-day test positivity average was down to 20.6 percent, too.
The 7-day death increase average was also down slightly Monday, reaching 33.
In hospitals, 77 percent of beds are full, down significantly from over the weekend. 2,497 beds are open as of Monday and 22 percent of total hospitalizations are ICU patients.
The pandemic so far
The state of Wisconsin said it has discovered a COVID-19 variant in a patient. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the strain, referred to as B.1.1.7, was identified in a Wisconsin patient Jan. 12.
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. 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 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.