New strain of COVID-19 reaches Wisconsin. (Getty Images)
New strain of COVID-19 reaches Wisconsin. (Getty Images)

Uptick may continue as uninhibited COVID-19 growth stresses Wisconsin hospitals.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported 27 new deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, a single-day record and just the third time the state’s daily virus death toll has reached 20 or more.

The more than two-dozen deaths come as the state is grappling with a skyrocketing caseload of the virus that began with the reopening of schools and colleges and now shows no signs of slowing down. The death toll has now climbed to 1,327 lives lost in just six months, with 197 of those deaths being recorded in September.

Daily deaths last reached 20 on May 30; the previous record was 22 deaths on May 27. It is important to note the number of deaths reported each day does not mean all of the victims died on the same day, due to delays in reporting. But the daily number of reported deaths remains a critical metric in demonstrating the ongoing threat to lives across Wisconsin.

With the 27 deaths came 2,319 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Wednesday’s DHS data. The past seven days have seen an average of 2,334 new cases per day, a record level of growth. 

There have now been 122,274 confirmed cases in Wisconsin, according to DHS data. While there are figures offered that describe “recovery” from COVID-19, UpNorthNews does not report that figure because recovery remains, at best, a tentative description for many people who may experience serious or chronic conditions long after they stop showing COVID-19 symptoms.

September saw cases grow by 45,690, an unprecedented level of growth. By comparison, it took from March 15 until July 23 for the state to record 45,899 cases.

Wisconsin currently has the third-highest rate of virus transmission in the nation, according to The Atlantic Magazine’s COVID tracking project

Additionally, eight metropolitan areas in Wisconsin are currently in the top 20 in the nation for case growth, with three in the top five, according to data analysis by the New York Times. Oshkosh-Neenah, Appleton, and Green Bay have the second, third, and fourth-fastest growing outbreaks in the country, according to the analysis.