The state set a new record for COVID-19 cases reported in a single day Wednesday, Nov. 18, as the surge in cases continues.

A total of 7,989 people tested positive for COVID-19 statewide Wednesday, bringing the total to 331,837, according to the state Department of Health Services. The previous record was set Friday with 7,777 cases. The seven-day average of positive cases continues to grow and is currently at 6,563, compared to 727 on Sept. 1, DHS said.

A total of 282 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday. The cases were reported as follows: 89 in Taylor County; 47 in Rusk County; 39 in Burnett County; 25 in Sawyer County; 20 in Price County; 18 in Washburn County; 16 in Douglas County; 14 in Ashland County; nine in Bayfield County; and five in Iron County.

Two Burnett County residents were among 52 deaths reported statewide Wednesday. Their deaths bring the total number in the county since the pandemic began to nine. So far, 2,793 people have died from the virus in Wisconsin. Overall, about 1% of people who have contracted the virus in Wisconsin have died, DHS said.

The number of negative tests in the state was 2,036,941, an increase of 12,140 from the previous day.

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An additional 283 people were hospitalized because of the virus Wednesday. Across the state, 2,217 people are currently hospitalized because of COVID-19. Overall, about 5% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Wednesday's report also showed that 77% of the people who have tested positive for the virus have recovered. That means 22%, or 74,616 cases, are currently active.

Here's the breakdown in the 10-county region:

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 119
  • Deaths: 7
  • Total cases: 539
  • Total negative tests: 4,892

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 123
  • Deaths: 6
  • Total cases: 572
  • Total negative tests: 4,816

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 167
  • Deaths: 9
  • Total cases: 617
  • Total negative tests: 4,417

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 243
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 1,421
  • Total negative tests: 11,847

Iron County

  • Active cases: 47
  • Deaths: 6
  • Total cases: 310
  • Total negative tests: 1,995

Price County

  • Active cases: 127
  • Deaths: 3
  • Total cases: 618
  • Total negative tests: 4,128

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 249
  • Deaths: 5
  • Total cases: 678
  • Total negative tests: 3,581

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 149
  • Deaths: 5
  • Total cases: 710
  • Total negative tests: 6,107

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 247
  • Deaths: 11
  • Total cases: 992
  • Total negative tests: 4,359

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 113
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 501
  • Total negative tests: 4,452

Visit the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard or Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 page for updates.