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Wisconsin sees new records for COVID-19 cases, mirroring trends in other states

Wisconsin set a daily high on Thursday, which was then surpassed on Friday.
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Wisconsin has seen a spike in positive COVID-19 cases, setting daily records on both Thursday and Friday this week, mirroring surges in cases seen in other states.

Wisconsin posted 754 positive tests on Thursday and followed that up with 845 confirmed cases on Friday. 

Cases had dipped through early to mid June but have been on the rise since then.

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The state is experiencing spikes seen in other states that are further along with the reopening and loosening of restrictions. The state's Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' Stay at Home order in mid-May, with the state's bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses reopening as a result.

The rise in cases has been attributed to greater infection rates among young people, which has been a trend also seen in Minnesota as the summer has arrived.

Because of this, Wisconsin's COVID-19 hospitalization rate is still relatively low, with 278 people as of Friday, albeit this has risen from the three-month low of 235 hospitalizations last Saturday.

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The death toll is also remaining comparatively low, with five deaths on Friday to bring the statewide total to 814.

That said, Urban Milwaukee reports that state health officials note that hospitalizations and deaths are lagging indicators, so they could potentially increase in the coming weeks as infections rise.

Wisconsin doesn't have a mandatory mask-wearing requirement in place, though Dane County – home to state capital Madison – just implemented one.

Minnesota's COVID-19 infection numbers haven't yet spiked in the same way as other states, and are still below the highs seen in May.

However, cases have been trending up again in recent weeks, with health officials noting a rise in cases among younger populations, some of which have been tied to bars, parties, and cabin weekends.

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