Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 numbers impacted by lab test reporting problems

Laboratory test reporting issues led to a large jump in positive and negative COVID-19 test numbers released Friday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Friday, the state of Wisconsin reported 1,498 new positive cases, which would have been the state's highest single-day total since the start of the pandemic. There were also 10,204 new negative test results. State health officials urged people to look at the 7-day trends. On Friday, the rolling 7-day case increase average was at 768 cases.

The state reported 7 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the pandemic death total to 1,153.  

79,354 Wisconsinites have tested positive for the virus to date, 70,229 of which have recovered. 5,998 have been hospitalized with COVID-19 to date. 

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 last month an indoor mask mandate for people over the age of 5. 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.