On Tuesday, Wisconsin's health officials announced that the state recorded the most deaths on a single-day since the pandemic started. The record of 104 new deaths related to COVID-19, moved the state's total to 3,115 deaths since the pandemic began.
Additionally, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reported 279 new hospitalizations, moving the total number of hospitalizations during the pandemic to 16,209. A total of 363,973 positive cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in Wisconsin, with 6,202 new cases reported Tuesday as reported by KSTP
At this rate of deaths and new cases, we can only imagine how much our front line workers are having to overcome. They are truly the real heroes.
This number, 104, is roughly 10% of the total deaths in the nation in a 24-hour period.
The figure beats the previous high of 92 deaths last Tuesday, Nov. 17, and according to the New York Times' COVID death tracker, it represents around 10% of the total deaths reported in the U.S. in the previous 24 hours.
Minnesota saw a higher death toll earlier in the pandemic than Wisconsin, but the most recent spike – while bad in both states – has been more deadly in Wisconsin, where the virus is rampant. Minnesota saw a higher death toll earlier in the pandemic than Wisconsin, but the most recent spike – while bad in both states – has been more deadly in Wisconsin, where the virus is rampant.
Wisconsin's DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk had said in October that the spike being experienced by Wisconsin back then was larger than what New York City saw in the spring.
As cases were rising in October, Gov. Tony Evers introduced a measure limiting the capacity of bars and restaurants to 25% of their total occupancy. He could consider another shutdown, however, he did would face the possibility of it being challenged by the GOP-led Legislature.