As of July 20, 2020, Minnesota has taken the lead on reporting the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 tests among the five midwestern states with 5.4% of the tests returning positive. Wisconsin is reporting a positive test rate of 5.9%. Indiana continues to have the highest percentage of positive cases in the midwest at 9.0%. The midwest’s percentage of positive tests (5.9%) is below the median for all states (7.6%). Nationwide, the percentage of positive cases has increased.
Wisconsin has tested 13.28% of the population, which is above the median for all states (12.33%). Overall, the midwest has tested 14.78% of the population.
Here is a snapshot from the COVID-19 Tracker showing the trending of the positive COVID-19 test results, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and fatalities for Wisconsin.
Below is a snapshot of the outcomes for patients testing positive. Despite the increases in cases, fewer patients are requiring hospitalization, which could be an indication that physician knowledge and treatments for COVID-19 continue to improve.
Wisconsin’s percent of positive cases is now approaching 10% for the two-day period, which is following a national trend. Three counties account for two-thirds of the new positives: Milwaukee (33% of all positives), Dane (24% of all positives) and Waukesha (9% of all positives).
Hospitalizations, however, continue to hover around the 4.5% mark, which is well below the 8% hospitalization rate reported during the same time in June.
COVIDTracking.com has launched COVIDExitStrategy.org, which shows how each state is performing on key measures. Here are some stats on how the state of Wisconsin is handling COVID-19 as of July 20, 2020:
- The target number of tests done daily remains at or above 100% of the goal with a 7-day average of 11,946 tests. The 14-day trend of COVID-19 positive cases is increasing.
- Wisconsin is seeing a 34-day doubling time for incidence of COVID-19. Higher doubling times are desirable.
We hope that you find this information of value as we all continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to regularly update the COVID-19 Data Tracker as more data becomes available.