Wisconsin’s COVID-19 death toll passes 1,000.

Here’s a look at who is dying, and how the rate compares to other leading causes of death.

By Matt Piper, Dana Brandt, and Daphne Chen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 11, 2020

More than 1,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Wisconsin since the coronavirus pandemic began, state health officials announced Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 724 more cases and eight more deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 61,785 and the number of deaths to 1,006.

That’s more than five people dying per day, or one person every four to five hours, since Wisconsin confirmed its first case a little over six months ago…

A Fond du Lac County man in his 50s and an Ozaukee County man in his 90s were the first reported COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin on March 19.

More than 300 people died during spikes in early April and early June. In late June and early July, the rate of death fell to about one-third as high as during those peaks.

But new cases began to surge at the same time, and more deaths have followed. In the past four weeks, the death rate has crept back up…

“Given the lag from cases to when eventually we see the increase in deaths, this may just be the beginning of the increase,” said Amanda Simanek, an epidemiologist with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “It’s hard to say.”

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