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Wisconsin Sees Record-High Of New Positive Coronavirus Cases

Screenshot / Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Stephanie Smiley, who's with the Wisconsin Department of Public Health, speaks during Tuesday's state update on coronavirus in Wisconsin. Tuesday marked the largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases in the state.

Despite summertime hopes, the coronavirus is still around. In fact, the state reportsthat cases are rising at an alarming rate. The highest numbers are being recorded in younger people.

Tuesday marked the largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases in Wisconsin — at 1,117. The state also reported 13 deaths, bringing the total to 859.

Credit Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Tuesday marked the highest number of positive coronavirus cases confirmed in a day in Wisconsin. The graph shows an upward trend in new positive coronavirus cases.

Those ages 20-29 are largely responsible for the increase in coronavirus cases.

Stephanie Smiley of the Department of Health Services says contact tracing shows that young people are contracting the virus through social gatherings. She says people must stay vigilant.

“We can practice physical distancing when we have to go out, we can wear a mask or a cloth face covering, and we can wash our hands for at least 20 seconds. We can get tested if we have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19,” Smiley says.

Smiley says right now the state is trending opposite to what is desired and that could have an effect on school and business operations further down the line.

Olivia Richardson
Olivia Richardson became WUWM's Eric Von Fellow in October 2019.
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