Wisconsin records largest single-day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases for 2nd day in a row

For the second day in a row, the state of Wisconsin recorded its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, according to the latest data released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Friday, the state reported 845 new confirmed cases, which breaks the single-day record set the day before when 754 new cases were reported.

A graph showing the new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

Five more people died from COVID-19 as well, bringing the death total to 814. 

In total, 3,766 people have been hospitalized with the virus and 27,329 have recovered from it. 

Gov. Tony Evers extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 26, but on May 13, the state Supreme Court blocked the extension, effecively 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 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 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.