Nearly 400 hospitalized in the first in-patient count given by DHS

At least 398 Wisconsinites have required hospital care for COVID-19 since the outbreak began, the first time that statistic has been included in the daily update provided by the state Department of Health Services.

The Wednesday report shows 1,550 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths. However, factoring in updated numbers from Dane and Milwaukee Counties indicates 1,555 cases and at least 25 deaths caused by the coronavirus.

Twenty-nine counties saw an increase in reported COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours with at least two more counties reporting their first cases. That brings to 50 the number of counties that have reported at least one case.

Women have made up 52 percent of the positive diagnoses in Wisconsin, but men have made up a majority of those who died from the respiratory illness.

The DHS report says 43 percent of all COVID-19 patients —though only one death— have been under the age of 50.