posted May 20, 2020, 10:19 AM by News Room   [ updated May 20, 2020, 10:21 AM ]
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 -- The rate of infection from the COVID-19 virus may be slowing in Wisconsin. According to the state Department of Health, an average of 171 new cases per day were recorded for Monday and Tuesday, May 18-19. This compares to an average of 332 new cases per day for the week of May 11-17, with a high of 502 cases reported for Saturday, May 16.  The state's total is now 12,885 cases, with 467 deaths.
In the six-county region that includes Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties, a total of 28 positive cases have been registered, with one death.
Only two of Wisconsin's 72 counties, Langlade and Taylor, have yet to report a positive case.
Milwaukee County continues to produce the bulk of the state's cases, with 39 percent of the total positive cases originating there, along with 56 percent of the state's death toll.
Statewide, 42 percent of COVID-19 victims were residents of long-term care facilities, with 76 percent of all victims age 70 or older.