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Wisconsin officials reports nearly 6K more COVID-19 cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials reported nearly 6,000 new COVID-19 cases Thursday as the disease continues to run rampant across the state.

The Department of Health Services reported an additional 5,922 confirmed cases, just 17 cases shy of the daily case record of 5,935 set Wednesday. The state has now seen 249,924 cases since the pandemic began in March.

The disease was a factor in another 38 deaths Thursday, the department said, bringing the overall death toll to 2,194.

The DHS reported that 2.13 million people have now been tested for the disease in Wisconsin. That’s a little more than a third of the state’s population.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported that 1,747 people were hospitalized with the disease as of Wednesday, including 360 patients in intensive care and 559 on ventilators.

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