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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #120 (7-31-20) 

Friday July 31st, 2020 UPDATE:

Updated Numbers:

The Department of Health Services (DHS) and Wisconsin Hospital Association released the following updated numbers for Friday July 31st, 2020:


  • 308 Current Hospital Admissions (108 patients in ICU)
    • On Friday, the total number of hospital admissions reported decreased by 33 since Thursday (-33).
    • The total number of ICU patients decreased by 3 (-3) since Thursday.
  • Cumulatively there have been 935,089 COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin;
    • 52,940 positive tests and 882,149 negative tests in Wisconsin (5.7 % positive rate for the pandemic)
      • On Friday there were 832 positive tests reported on 15,379 tests (5.4% positive rate Friday)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 934 in Wisconsin.
      • There were 15 deaths reported on Friday
  • 42,317 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (80%), 9,671 cases are still considered active (18%) and 934 patients have died (2%). (last updated by DHS on 7/31)


Source:  DHS COVID-19: County Data; 

Week-in-Review (7/25-31/20):

Positive Test Results

There were 6,023 positive tests reported last week, which is down 387 (-387) from the previous week.  An average of 860 positive test results per day.

  • Milwaukee county had the highest number of new positive cases, with 1,711 new positives, 463 less (-463) than the previous week.
  • Waukesha county came in with the second highest number of new cases, 714, which is 38 less (-38) than the previous week.
  • Rounding out the top five counties with the most positive new cases were;
    • Dane county- 354 new cases, (38) less than the previous week
    • Racine county- 256 new cases, (64) less than the previous week
    • Brown county-231 new cases, (50) less than the previous week
  • Barron county had the largest increase in new cases, 102 over the previous week, registering 132 positives for the week.

  • There were 56 COVID-19 related deaths, up 11 (+11) from the week prior.
    • Milwaukee had 16 of the 56 deaths from the last week, which is 2 less (-2) than the number of deaths in the county reported the previous week.
    • Waukesha county had 11 deaths, 9 more than the prior week (+9)
    • Racine county had 8 deaths, 5 more than the prior week (+5)
    • Dane county had 4 deaths, 4 more than the previous week (+4)


  • There were 92,892 tests conducted over the past week (an average of 13,270 tests/day)
    • There were 3,399 more tests conducted this past week (+3,399) than the prior week.

Percent Positive Test Results:
  • On average, 6.5% of tests came back positive this week.


Legislature could convene to overturn Governor Evers Public Health Emergency


Today Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released a statement that,

“Republicans in the State Senate stand ready to convene the body to end the Governor’s order, which includes the mask mandate. The Governor has caved to the pressure of liberal groups on this. How can we trust that the he won’t cave again and stop schools that choose in-person instruction this fall? There are bigger issues at play here, and my caucus members stand ready to fight back.”

Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley (D-Mason) tweeted the following response:

Assembly Republicans, who would also need to pass a joint resolution, have not stated their intention as of yet, however several members of the Assembly Republican caucus today released statements in support of passing a resolution revoking the Governor’s emergency order. (Reps; Neylon, Gundrum, Allen, Dittrich, Ott, Duchow, Thiesfeldt, Ramthun)

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that ending the public health emergency could impact the state’s ability to deploy the Wisconsin National Guard for the August 11th Primary Election as well as at testing sites if their federal activation is not re-approved.

Updated Charts

Daily Numbers:

Cumulative Numbers:

Note: The WHA notes on their website that over the past several days federally mandated changes to data reporting interrupted WHA’s ability to report certain COVID-19 metrics in a consistent manner. Data reported from July 30 and forward accurately reflects the new reporting requirements. ( )





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