Wisconsin sees steady increase in COVID-19 cases

Wisconsin has set records for newly confirmed COVID-19 cases four times in the last six days. Gov. Tony Evers and state health leaders on Tuesday implored people to wear masks and take precautions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (July 14)

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ANDREA PALM: There are now 37,906 confirmed cases of COVID 19, which is an increase of 964 over yesterday. In the past week, we have increased our cases by 5,350 and broken our previous record for positive cases four times, including today.

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. Our percent positive remains high. And these numbers are the result of significant community spread here in Wisconsin.

TONY EVERS: We need to get back to working together to flatten the curve so our health systems don't become overwhelmed as we have seen in states across the nation, where doctors are making difficult life and death decisions for their patients.

And we need everyone to continue doing their part by staying safer at home whenever possible, practicing social distancing, and wearing a face mask whenever they go out in public. Without a vaccine in sight, these are the best tools we have at this time to not only save lives and prevent hospitalizations but to ensure our schools, our workplaces, and our local businesses and our communities can stay open.