Wisconsin sets new daily record for COVID-19 deaths, cases

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Wisconsin on Tuesday reported 64 COVID-19 deaths and 5,262 new cases, according to the Department of Health Services.

The numbers mark a new high daily total, a record that Wisconsin does not want to break, according to Gov. Tony Evers and health officials during the COVID-19 media briefing.

It brings the total number of cases to 206,311 in the state and the total deaths to 1,852. The governor noted that the state saw more than 100,000 cases in the last 36 days.

Health officials expect those numbers to keep rising unless Wisconsinites change their habits, stay home except for essential travel, wear a mask and physically distance.

“It’s a nightmare scenario, frankly, that this could get quite a bit worse in the next several weeks or months before it gets better,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer for the DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases.

The numbers are overwhelming local health department’s contact tracing efforts, according to DHS.

They renewed their request that people stay home and go back to the habits they made in the spring during the state “safer at home” order.

“If people stay home, we can call it whatever. I call it saving lives,” said Evers.