Daily statistics tracking the pandemic and the efforts to get the outbreak under control

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services releases a report at 2 p.m. daily on statistics related to the COVID-19 outbreal. This page contains the dashboard of progress indicators, the most recent county reports, the progression of new daily cases statewide, and the human toll of the outbreak at state, national and worldwide levels.


June 4, 2020 – A slight increase in the percentage of positive tests is a reminder that the coronavirus is still prevalent in Wisconsin and still spreading, according to Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm as she presented Thursday’s updated statistics on the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is still a very dynamic situation,” added Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases.

There were 492 new COVID-19 cases in Thursday’s report, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases just short of 20,000.

The 492 positive tests made up 4.1 percent of the 12,148 total tests administered and reported for Thursday’s update. That is a higher percentage than the 4 previous days.

Both Westergaard and Palm said vigilance is still required because while the statewide figure is often below 5 percent recently, there are still local outbreaks where 20 to 30 percent of a tested population turns out to be infected. 

There were 10 new deaths reported which brings Wisconsin’s toll to 626.

There are 39 new hospitalizations. Of the 19,892 total confirmed coronavirus cases, 2,739 (14 percent) have needed hospital care. Currently, 355 patients are hospitalized, 117 of them in an Intensive Care Unit. 

DHS also reports there have been 537 facility-wide investigations, and 458 of those are still active. 

The U.S. death toll from the pandemic will approach or surpass 108,000 by day’s end.


The “dashboard” tracking Wisconsin’s progress with the coronavirus outbreak is based on daily data from the Dept. of Health Services.
The “dashboard” tracking Wisconsin’s progress with the coronavirus outbreak is based on daily data from the Dept. of Health Services.

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Pandemic Statistics from WI DHS and Johns Hopkins University of Medicine
This graphic depicting the human toll of the coronavirus pandemic at the state, national and global levels is created from statistics supplied by the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services and the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.
Daily New Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin
Daily New Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin
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County statistics are based on the daily afternoon updates from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services. They are not a real-time figure, and local health offices in many counties will have higher numbers reflecting updates more than once a day.
Positive COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed in all 72 Wisconsin counties.
Positive COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed in all 72 Wisconsin counties.

Previous Days’ Summaries

June 3, 2020 – Hundreds more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Wednesday’s report from the Department of Health Services, but they made up a still-shrinking percentage of total daily tests administered.

There were 483 new confirmed cases in the report, bringing the state’s total number of positive COVID-19 tests to 19,400. The positive tests were 2.9 percent of total tests, the second-lowest percentage in at least the past two weeks. There were 16,451 total tests in Tuesday’s report, well above the previous daily testing high of 13,602 set last Friday.

Dodge County reported 157 of those new cases, thought to be most or all of the remaining tests of inmates at the Waupun Correctional Institution that had yet to be processed. Dodge County has now logged 383 total COVID-19 cases. Convicted murderer Steven Avery is among the inmates who have tested positive, according to his attorney.

There were 57 new reports of people needing hospital care for a coronavirus infection. Nine new deaths were reported, giving Wisconsin 616 fatalities from the outbreak.

The DHS dashboard tracking 6 metrics of progress regressed on Wednesday to 4 of the 6 indicators being green.


June 2, 2020 – Daily COVID-19 testing went back above the 10,000 mark in Tuesday’s report from the Department of Health Services, and of the 7 days with 10,000 or more tests today’s report had the lowest percentage of positive cases of coronavirus.

There were 10,522 tests reported Tuesday with 374 (3.6%) coming back positive. Those 374 bring Wisconsin’s total number of confirmed coronavirus infections to 18,917.

Wisconsin’s death toll rose past 600. The 12 new deaths reported Tuesday bring the total number of lives lost to 607. It was the 19th time where a dozen or more deaths were reported in the state due to the outbreak according to an unofficial count by UpNorthNews.

There were 40 new hospitalizations reported. Of Wisconsin’s 18,917 COVID-19 cases, 2,643 (14%) have required hospital care. There are currently 388 hospital patients being treated for COVID-19; 139 are in intensive care.

The DHS dashboard of metrics indicating progress fighting the spread of coronavirus shows 5 of the 6 indicators are green.

The U.S. death toll surpassed 106,000 on Tuesday.

June 1, 2020 – All eyes are going to be on Tuesday’s report from the state Department of Health Services after low numbers of testing and positive cases in the Monday and Sunday reports.

Monday’s report shows only 3,632 tests were administered. Sunday’s report was 7,368. The four previous days all reported more than 10,000 tests.

Of Monday’s reported tests, 140 came back positive, or 2.3 percent of the total tests. There were 20 new hospitalizations and 3 newly reported deaths, all in Racine County.

The DHS dashboard of metrics indicating progress fighting the spread of coronavirus shows 5 of the 6 indicators are green.

Wisconsin has now logged 18,543 coronavirus cases, 2,603 hospitalizations and 595 deaths.

The U.S. death toll reached 105,000.


May 30, 2020 – The percentage of new COVID-19 tests coming back positive has stayed within a range over the past few days, but there has been an upturn in the number of deaths from the coronavirus in Wisconsin based on the Saturday report from the state Department of Health Services.

The 20 deaths reported Saturday means there have been 71 deaths in the past 4 days, and 81 deaths in the past 7 days. The only higher 7-day figure was 86 deaths between April 10-16 according to an unofficial tally from UpNorthNews.

Of the 9,843 COVID-19 tests reported on Saturday, there were 523 new positive cases confirmed, or 5.3 percent. Dodge County reported 35 new cases in Saturday’s statistics. Wisconsin has now seen 18,230 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There were 64 new hospitalizations reported, so of those 18,230 positive cases, 2,563 have required hospital care, or 14 percent. There are 409 current hospitalized cases of COVID-19, with 208 other hospital patients awaiting results of their COVID-19 test.

The U.S. death toll passed 103,000 marking three consecutive days of more than 1,000 deaths. 

Globally, as of Saturday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 6 million.


May 29, 2020 – Another big increase in COVID-19 testing also meant another daily record for new cases in Wisconsin, but the new cases were 5.4 percent of all tests and still within range of the past few days. So while the Friday numbers from the state Department of Health Services do not show widespread growth in the spread of coronavirus, there also aren’t signs the virus is growth is receding. 

There were 13,602 tests administered in the Friday report and 733 new positive cases. There were 47 new hospital cases of COVID-19. And 18 deaths were reported, bringing the state’s death toll to 568 in the outbreak.

There have now been 17,707 coronavirus infections reported in Wisconsin, and 2,499 have required hospital care. 

The DHS Badger Bounce Back dashboard is holding steady at 3 green indicators and 3 red indicators that measure the standards of whether the virus is being contained in Wisconsin.The U.S. death toll from the outbreak topped 102,000 today, as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard.


May 28, 2020 – Thursday’s report from the Dept. of Health Services showed 512 new COVID-19 cases reported, the 5th time the number of new cases has been at least 500. But it is also the second consecutive day where more than 10,000 tests were administered.

The 512 positive confirmations are 4.8 percent of the 10,626 tests performed.

There were 11 new deaths reported, bringing the Wisconsin toll to 550. Racine County reported five deaths since Wednesday.

There have now been 16,974 coronavirus infections confirmed in Wisconsin. Of those, 2,452 (14 percent) have required hospitalization, reflecting 41 new admissions since Wednesday’s report.

The DHS Badger Bounce Back dashboard is holding steady at 3 green indicators and 3 red indicators that measure the standards of whether the virus is being contained in Wisconsin.The U.S. death toll from the outbreak topped 101,000 today, as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard.

May 27, 2020 – The vagaries of the holiday weekend may have played a role, but Wednesday’s report from the Dept. of Health Services showed a record number of new COVID-19 cases reported, a new record for daily tests administered, and a new daily record for deaths due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The numbers reported for Monday and Tuesday were lower than recent trends, perhaps due to the Memorial Day break.

The 599 new infections in Wednesday’s report represent 5.8 percent of 10,330 total daily tests.

There were 22 deaths reported since Tuesday. It marked the 16th time the state saw a dozen or more deaths in a 24-hour reporting period, and the first instance of 20 or more deaths day-over-day. Wisconsin has lost 539 lives since the first deaths in the state were reported on March 20, just over 9 weeks ago.

Forest County reported its first death related to the outbreak as well as a doubling of postive cases in the county, from 12 to 24.

There have now been 16,462 coronavirus infections confirmed in Wisconsin. Of those, 2,411 have required hospitalization, reflecting 49 new admissions since Tuesday’s report.

The DHS Badger Bounce Back dashboard is holding steady at 3 green indicators and 3 red indicators that measure the standards of whether the virus is being contained in Wisconsin.

More than 350,000 people around the world have now died in the pandemic, as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard.


May 26, 2020 – Lower numbers in Tuesday’s report from the state Dept. of Health Services may reflect a lower level of testing for coronavirus over the Memorial Day weekend. There were 279 new COVID-19 cases reported, or 3.6 percent of 7,774 total tests around the state. There were 23 new hospitalizations and three deaths. 

There have now been 15,863 COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin during the outbreak. Of those, 2,362 (15 percent) have required hospital care and 517 people have died. 

The DHS Badger Bounce Back dashboard has 3 green indicators and 3 red indicators measuring the standards of whether the virus is being contained in Wisconsin.

The U.S. death toll as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard was just short of 100,000 by late Monday afternoon though other sources say that grim milestone has been reached. The 100,000th victim will have been claimed less than 3 months after the first confirmed U.S. coronavirus death was reported on February 29.


May 25, 2020 – Wisconsin reached 500 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak over the Memorial Day weekend based on reports from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services.

Since Friday’s report, the holiday weekend statistics from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services show 1,188 new cases (481 on Saturday, 400 on Sunday, 307 on Monday) which brings to 15,584 the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections. Of those, 2,339 (15 percent) have required hospital care and 514 have died. (There were 11 deaths reported Saturday, three on Sunday, four on Monday.)

For Monday, the 307 new positive cases came from 7,480 total tests for a 4.1% positive amount. The percentage of positive tests has been in the 4 to 8 percent range over the past week.

The DHS Badger Bounce Back dashboard has 3 green indicators and 3 red indicators measuring the standards of whether the virus is being contained in Wisconsin.

The U.S. death toll will reach 98,000 on Monday as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard.


May 22, 2020 – The Friday coronavirus report from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services showed 511 new cases which continues to reflect an increase in overall testing, a new one-day high of 9,976 tests. The 511 positive tests are 5.1 percent of those total tests, on-par with Thursday’s report.

The 511 new cases brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin to 14,396. Of those, 2,259 (16%) have required hospital care, including 41 new hospitalizations. 

The outbreak claimed 9 more lives, bringing the state’s death toll to 496. A total of 51 people have died of coronavirus in Wisconsin in the past 7 days.

The Badger Bounce Back dashboard has regressed again: only 2 green indicators and 4 red indicators measuring the standards of whether the virus is being contained in Wisconsin.

The U.S. death toll surpassed 95,000 on Friday as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard.


May 21, 2020 – The Thursday coronavirus report from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services showed 472 new cases. While on the high side of recent days, there was also a large increase in testing, and the percentage of new positive tests came down from 8 percent on Wednesday to 5 percent today.

The 472 new cases brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin to 13,885. Of those, 2,218 (16%) have required hospital care, including 57 new hospitalizations since Wednesday. 

The outbreak claimed 6 more lives since Wednesday’s report, bringing the state’s death toll to 487.

The Badger Bounce Back dashboard regressed since Wednesday: 3 green indicators and 3 red indicators. The indicator tracking the trajectory of COVID-like syndromic cases over a 14-day period is no longer heading lower.

The U.S. death toll will reach 94,000 by Thursday evening, as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard, and the total number of people killed by the virus worldwide has reached approximately 330,000.


May 20, 2020 – The Wednesday coronavirus report from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services showed another new record number of new cases day-over-day: 528 new infections reported, bringing the state’s total number of cases past 13,000.

And although more testing is being done, the percentage of all those new tests that come back positive took another jump in Wednesday’s report: 8 percent, one of the higher daily levels in recent days.

The outbreak has claimed 14 more lives since Tuesday’s report… 481 victims now. Another 51 people needed hospitalization compared to Tuesday.

Both Taylor County and Langlade County today reported their first confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. All 72 counties have now been touched by the coronavirus pandemic.

Four of the 6 indicators on the Badger Bounce Back dashboard are green, two remain red.

The U.S. death toll climbed past 93,000 Wednesday, as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard, and the total number of people infected by the virus worldwide has reached approximately 5 million.


May 19, 2020 – The Tuesday coronavirus report from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services showed a second straight day where the number of new positive COVID-19 cases were less than 200. That happened last week on Monday and Tuesday, as well.

Of all COVID-19 tests, 5 percent were positive in Tuesday’s report, an increase from Monday.

There were 8 new deaths reported from Monday, bringing the state’s death toll from the pandemic to 467.

Of the 12,885 cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, 2,110 required hospital care (16 percent), including 42 new hospitalizations since Monday.

Four of the 6 indicators on the Badger Bounce Back dashboard are green, two are red.

The U.S. death toll is approaching 92,000, as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard.


May 18, 2020 – The Monday coronavirus report from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services showed a very low number of new positive COVID-19 cases from Sunday, ending a trend of growing numbers to close out last week. The 144 new cases is the lowest daily figure since April 20 and comes only two days after the highest-ever number, 502, was reported.

There were 6 new deaths reported from Sunday, a day after no deaths were calculated for Saturday. The state’s death toll from the pandemic now stands at 459, including 50 people who have died in the past 7 days.

Of the 12,687 cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, 2,068 required hospital care which brings the percentage of cases requiring hospitalization down to 16 percent. Four the 6 indicators on the Badger Bounce Back dashboard are green, two are red.

The U.S. death toll has reached 90,000 and 1.5 million total Americans infected with the coronavirus. The global death toll passed 315,000 over the weekend, as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard.


May 15, 2020 – On Friday, Wisconsin reported its second highest number of coronavirus cases. The 410 new COVID-19 cases has only been topped by the 460 new cases reported on May 1. The 410 new cases account for just over 6 percent of all new tests performed, similar to Thursday’s ratio. There were 11 more fatalities reported, bringing the Wisconsin death toll from the outbreak to 445. There have been 11,685 cases of COVID-19 reported in Wisconsin. Of those, 1,977 (17 percent) have required hospital care. Worldwide, the number of people infected by coronavirus topped 4.5 million, and the U.S. death toll surpassed 86,000 as reported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dashboard.