Wisconsin coronavirus cases now ‘trending poorly,’ though still relatively low — 6/25/20

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The state Department of Health Services reported 464 new positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday, moving the state’s rate of positive tests slightly higher compared to previous days. 

“Thursday’s positivity rate — 4.1% of all tests — still pales in comparison to early May’s double-digit totals. But epidemiologists consider the percent positive number to be a key indicator of changes in the disease’s spread, and it has recently increased throughout much of the U.S.,” reports Matt Piper for the USA Today Network-Wisconsin.

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Deynah Thao, 7, gets a close look at a grizzly bear during a trip to Henry Vilas Zoo on June 18, on the first day of the reopening of the zoo since it closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

Wisconsin reports 464 more coronavirus cases as state is added to a list of those ‘trending poorly’USA Today Network — Wisconsin

Dane County has largest 5-day rise in COVID-19 cases, jeopardizing reopeningWisconsin State Journal 

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Stores losing customers by requiring face masks during coronavirusKenosha News 

COVID-19 crisis curtails job gains In Wisconsin’s clean energy industryWPR 

Should you sign away your right to sue if you catch COVID-19?WTMJ-TV 

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Quotable

“This judicial ruling leaves no protections in place for our community, putting all of us at increased risk. This means that all City residents must double-down on our own actions to protect ourselves, our families, our coworkers, and our neighbors from this virus.” 

Racine Mayor Cory Mason, commenting on a judge’s order to halt enforcement of the city’s COVID-19 restrictions, as reported by the Journal Times. 

Data to note

For every one COVID-19 case detected, 10 more likely go undetected, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said at a press conference Thursday, according to USA Today. 

“For the Fourth of July, which is a family event, we want to emphasize that it’s really important that we get back to being vigilant as our collective commitment … to protect vulnerable friends, family, community,” he said, according to the newspaper

Meanwhile, our partners at WisContext offer these visualizations of Wisconsin’s trends in confirmed cases. 

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