Wisconsin is the new US COVID-19 hotspot as cases surge

Wisconsin is now the latest COVID-19 hot spot in the United States with the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths surging to record highs in the last month.

Governor Tony Evers on Wednesday activated a 530-bed field hospital just outside Milwaukee as the ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals. 

Cases in the Midwestern state have been spiking since the beginning of September and have consistently surged to record daily highs since then.

More than 2,300 cases were reported on Wednesday and there were 16 new deaths. Wisconsin currently has more than 146,000 cases and the death toll is at just over 1,400.

Hospitalizations and deaths have been surging to record highs since late September. Deaths are a lagging indicator and can continue to rise for weeks after infections start showing signs of a decline.

Cases in Wisconsin have been spiking since the beginning of September and have consistently surged to record daily highs since then. More than 2,300 cases were reported on Wednesday

Cases in Wisconsin have been spiking since the beginning of September and have consistently surged to record daily highs since then. More than 2,300 cases were reported on Wednesday

Hospitalizations and deaths have been surging to record highs since late September. The state recorded 16 new deaths on Wednesday

Hospitalizations and deaths have been surging to record highs since late September. The state recorded 16 new deaths on Wednesday 

The state is also experiencing a spike in its seven-day average positivity rate, which currently stands at 17 percent after it was 11 percent a month ago, according to state data.

Governor Tony Evers on Wednesday was forced to activate a 530-bed field hospital just outside Milwaukee as the ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals

Governor Tony Evers on Wednesday was forced to activate a 530-bed field hospital just outside Milwaukee as the ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals

The World Health Organization has said any rate above five percent is concerning.

Health experts have attributed Wisconsin's spike to the reopening of colleges and K-12 schools across the state, as well as general fatigue over wearing masks and socially distancing.

People aged between 18-24 make up the majority of the case count in last month, state data shows.   

While the number of cases are also increasing nationally and spiking in other states, Wisconsin is one of a handful, including the Dakotas and Montana, that are also seeing record hospitalizations. 

Wisconsin currently has about 15 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents, which is three times more than it did in June. 

The latest data shows that hospital capacity in Wisconsin is now at more than 83 percent. 

Capacity in intensive care units across the state is currently at 85 percent. 

Health experts have attributed Wisconsin's spike to the reopening of colleges and K-12 schools across the state, as well as general fatigue over wearing masks and socially distancing. People aged between 18-24 make up the majority of the case count in last month, state data shows

Health experts have attributed Wisconsin's spike to the reopening of colleges and K-12 schools across the state, as well as general fatigue over wearing masks and socially distancing. People aged between 18-24 make up the majority of the case count in last month, state

read more from dailymail.....

PREV Domino's launches 'roulette pizza' with one slice spiked with ghost chilli ...
NEXT Troubled girl, 16, takes her own life on school grounds