There are 13,885 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of Thursday, according to the state Department of Health Services. That's an increase of 472 cases from the day before.

According to health officials, 487 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19 as of Thursday afternoon.

DHS reported 163,238 negative tests for the new coronavirus, an increase of 8,938 from Wednesday to Thursday.

Wisconsin's daily testing capacity has grown from 120 available lab tests in early March to 14,140 as of Wednesday. The surge in new tests is one reason for the increase in positive cases. The percentage of positive tests rose from 2.9 percent Monday to 5 percent Tuesday to 8 percent Wednesday, and back down to 5 percent Thursday.

On Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers unveiled his plan for spending $1 billion in federal funds to combat COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The money will be used to pay for contact tracing, ongoing efforts to test people for the virus, and preparing for a potential surge.

Douglas County had 16 confirmed cases as of Thursday, according to a post on the Douglas County Facebook page. DHS reports 960 people in the county tested negative for the illness. Bayfield County had three confirmed cases, with 350 people who tested negative. Bayfield County has reported one death from COVID-19.

Evers' "Badger Bounce Back" plan no longer has the force of law following a state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday, but the state's dashboard for the reopening plan shows that Wisconsin has met key gating criteria of a 14-day downward trajectory in flu-like illnesses and COVID-like cases. However, the percentage of positive tests over that period is no longer on a downward trajectory over a 14-day period, nor is there a downward trend of COVID-19 cases among health care workers calculated weekly.

Wisconsin's criteria for reopening were largely based on federal recommendations.

According to DHS, 2,218 people have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Thursday. That means at least 16% of people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the state have been hospitalized. DHS officials have said they don't know the hospitalization history of 3,702 people, or 27%.

There are confirmed cases in all 72 of Wisconsin's counties.

The Telegram staff contributed to this report.

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