MADISON - The coronavirus is accelerating again in Wisconsin with 20% of the state's total cases having been reported in the last two weeks, state public health officials announced Thursday.
The majority of people who have contracted the virus are now under the age of 40, according to the the most recent Department of Health Services data.
Gov. Tony Evers in a statement urged Wisconsin residents, especially younger people who are driving the increase, to stay home for the Fourth of July weekend.
“We know this is a time people like to celebrate with friends, but COVID-19 is still spreading in our state, and we need everyone to take the necessary precautions,” Evers said.
The state recorded 539 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. Those new cases are 4.2% of total tests processed since Wednesday, a rate that has held relatively steady in the last few days after a high of 7% positive tests on Sunday, which was the highest since late May.
The state reported seven more deaths Thursday, bringing the total to 793.
And half of the 29,739 total positive cases in the state have been identified over the past five weeks — a surge that comes after weeks of decline.