DHS reports more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, cites system backlog for jump

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Wisconsin Department of Health Services Tuesday reported 4,591 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, which it said reflect the backlog after the electronic system was upgraded last weekend.

Wisconsin has seen a total of 178,482 COVID-19 cases.

The department’s reporting system underwent routine maintenance and enhancements over the weekend, which temporarily paused data reporting.

“Due to this temporary pause in reporting, no new cases were reported out on October 17, 2020. This resulted in a backlog of positive cases. As health departments work through importing these cases, our historical data and case numbers may be higher over the next few days,” said the department in a Facebook post.

DHS reported 33 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of Wisconsinites who have died of COVID-19 to 1,633.

The government agency reported 51 new COVID-19 cases in La Crosse County, which brings the local total to 3,868 cases. There were 159 negative tests reported.

New La Crosse County cases include:

Eight people aged 10-19;

Eleven people in their 20s;

Five people in their 30s;

Six people in their 40s;

Ten people in their 50s;

Five people in their 60s;

Three people in their 70s; and,

Two people in their 80s.