Wisconsin reported its fourth largest number of daily coronavirus cases ever on Wednesday, with more than 1,700 new cases.

All three days with more came in the last week.

For most of September, the state is battling a rapidly growing number of cases, especially among young people, as colleges and universities reopen.

The cases are increasing for each age group and ethnicity. Green Bay, Fox Valley and La Crosse have emerged as hotspots for the virus in recent days, according to the Journal Sentinel.

On Wednesday, the State Department of Health reported 1,762 new cases of coronavirus, as well as 11,691 negative tests, with a positivity rate of 13.1%.

The positivity rate, averaged over the last seven days, was 16.9%. The average duration of seven days for new cases was higher than ever – 1,888.

The state also reported eight deaths, killing 1,259 people.

More than 1.4 million people have been tested for the virus nationwide. Of the 105,932 Wisconsins who tested positive:

  • 84.4%, or 89,393, “recovered” by DHS standards, which means that there is documented evidence that their symptoms have resolved or 30 days have passed since their diagnosis.
  • 14.4%, or 15,262, are considered “active”, meaning that they have not recovered and have not died.

As of Wednesday, 509 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. This is the largest number of hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Of the 140 people hospitalized with the virus, they were in the intensive care unit, DHS reported.

As of mid-Wednesday, global cases had topped 31.7 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 6.9 million of these cases and 201,319 deaths are in the United States.

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