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Wisconsin reports record high number of COVID-19 deaths

It has passed the 1,500-death mark.

The COVID-19 crisis in Wisconsin continues to escalate, with the state reporting a record high number of deaths on Tuesday.

The latest figures from Wisconsin show 34 new deaths from the virus, the highest in a single day posted so far, and brings the state's total death toll up to 1,508.

The death rate in Wisconsin has surged higher than it has in Minnesota, which saw its peak during the April-May period, when deaths in Wisconsin stayed comparatively low.

Minnesota has only posted a daily death toll higher than 34 once during the pandemic, with 35 deaths reported on May 28. In total, 2,151 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19.

Wisconsin and other states neighboring Minnesota, namely South Dakota and Iowa, are experiencing a spike in case that are among the highest in the nation.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers imposed tighter restrictions on indoor public spaces earlier this month as cases surged and ICU capacity in several parts of the state became strained.

The state has not had capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and other non-essential retail since May, when the GOP-led Legislature successfully overturned it in the state's Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, Wisconsin also posted another 3,279 positive COVID-19 cases, significantly higher than any single day in Minnesota, and its 14-day positivity rate is now above 20%, whereas Minnesota's has been hovering around the 5% mark for weeks, though it has been seeing a rise in ICU use and hospitalizations.

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