Wisconsin has seen such high numbers of COVID-19 in recent weeks that the Department of Health Services in the state added a new category to measure COVID-19 activity.

What’s going on?

The Department of Health Services added a new classification for case activity in the state, adding an entirely new category to measure how dangerous it’s getting in the state.

The new category case level is “critically high.” The previous case activity was listed as “very high.”

  • As NBC-15 notes, almost the entire state met the threshold for “critically high activity.”
  • In fact, 65 of 72 counties hit that mark, according to WeAreGreenBay.com.

The rolling average in Wisconsin recently hit about 6,000 per day. The state has seen back-to-back days of 7,000 cases per day, according to NBC-15.

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Key quote:

  • “Far too many of our communities are in a dire situation,” DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said, according to NBC 15. “To put these new data in perspective, Wisconsin is now seeing more average cases per day than New York City did at the peak of its surge last spring.”

What’s next:

The DHS said it hopes people see this new warning as a reason to embrace health measures and safety guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.