Deaths from coronavirus top 1,000 in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 1,000 people have died in Wisconsin since the coronavirus pandemic began in the state six months ago.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Tuesday that there were 61,785 confirmed cases and 1,006 deaths That death count is the 28th highest in the country overall and the 37th highest per capita at just over 17 deaths per 100,000 people. Milwaukee County had nearly half of all the state’s deaths with 459, based on state Department of Health data.

“COVID-19 is present in every corner of Wisconsin, and it is up to each of us to do our part to stop the spread,” said Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Boxing in the virus will help prevent deaths, and that means following best public health practices: staying home, wearing a cloth face covering or mask, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands thoroughly.”