UW-Madison students living in Witte Residence Hall line up to receive bagged lunches outside the dorm on Sept. 10, the first full day of quarantine. Credit: Emily Hamer / State Journal
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Wisconsin on Wednesday set a daily record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to tracking by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA).

Hospitals reported 509 COVID-19 patients as of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, eclipsing the state’s previous record of 474 set just one day earlier. The hospitalizations have steadily increased over the past week as the reopening of schools, colleges and universities fuels a surge in coronavirus cases among young adults. The trend influenced Gov. Tony Evers’ move Tuesday to extend his statewide mask order to Nov. 21.

Hospitals in the state’s Fox Valley, and North Central, Northeast, Northwest and Western regions are seeing the most dramatic spikes in COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

Wisconsin is also seeing more COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units, although statewide ICU levels have yet to reach their mid-April peak. 

The Department of Health Services reported eight new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,259 during the pandemic. 

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UW-Madison students living in Witte Residence Hall line up to receive bagged lunches outside the dorm on Sept. 10, the first full day of quarantine. Credit: Emily Hamer / State Journal

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Potential inaccurate school enrollment data could affect funding for schools, expert saysWKBT 

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Quotable

“We need accurate data. It baffles me as to how and why it’s been like pulling teeth to get. Oshkosh just closed schools. We crossed 200,000 deaths. How much further does this have to go?”

— Susan Kruzel of Grand Chute, a consumer who is concerned with her family’s exposure to the virus in public places, speaking to the Appleton Post-Crescent about the need for more data about COVID-19 outbreaks 

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Data to note

Explore the WHA’s COVID-19 Situational Awareness Update, which is updated daily.

https://tableau.whainfocenter.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js

Roughly 300 K-12 schools in Wisconsin have recorded at least one COVID-19 case, according to a new statewide database assembled by the USA Today-Wisconsin Network.The following Wisconsin school districts have reported COVID-19 cases in just the past day, according to the database. Those districts are: 

  • Ashland
  • Mukwonago
  • Oak Creek-Franklin Joint
  • Plum City 
  • West De Pere 
  • Oconomowoc Area

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