COVID-19 in Wisconsin: State sees 149% case increase over last 4 weeks

The 7-day case increase average in the state of Wisconsin as of Oct. 5, 2020. (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

The state of Wisconsin's 7-day COVID-19 case increase average neared 2,400 Monday. 

According to the state of Wisconsin's Department of Health Services, the 7-day average now sits at 2,395 after 1,696 new cases were reported Monday along with four new deaths. 

The total case count is now 134,359 in the state of Wisconsin. Over the past four months, cases have increased 149 percent, the third highest increase nationally. 

80.7 percent of positive COVID-19 cases have recovered from the virus and 7,702 have been hospitalized. 

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 Sept. 22.  Face coverings while indoors except at a private residence are required as of Saturday, 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. 

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.

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.