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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday reported 964 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily total during the pandemic.
Wisconsin continues to set new marks for cases due to community spread — not because of expanded testing, state officials said.
“These numbers are not the result of more testing. In fact, on Saturday we saw more positive cases than we saw on Thursday, even though we tested half as many people,” Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm said Tuesday, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. “These numbers are the result of significant community spread here in Wisconsin.”
The percentage of coronavirus tests returning positive has climbed since mid-June, with 7.1% of Tuesday’s reported tests returning positive.
Mitchell Schmidt has the full report for the State Journal.
DHS officials say growth in COVID-19 cases due to ‘significant community spread,’ not increased testing — Wisconsin State Journal
Businesses adapt as Dane County mask order takes effect — Wisconsin State Journal
Green Bay committee fails to take action on face mask requirement — Green Bay Press Gazette
Outbreak of COVID-19 at Necedah Area School District — Juneau County Star-Times
Data to note
Some 62,000 Wisconsin workers lost their health insurance due to job loss between February and May, leaving a total of 343,000 adults under age 65 in Wisconsin — about 10% — uninsured during the pandemic, according to a study released Tuesday by Families USA, a nonpartisan consumer advocacy group.
That represents a 22% surge in uninsured Wisconsinites compared to 2018, according to the study.
Nearly 5.4 million laid-off workers nationwide lost insurance during the same period, representing a 21% increase since 2018, the study said.
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