First Brazilian COVID-19 variant case identified in Wisconsin

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin rose by 434 on Friday, March 26, officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported, for a total of 574,870.

Among the positive cases, DHS reported the first and only identified case of the P.1 virus variant, also known as the Brazil variant, in Wisconsin on Friday. DHS has also identified two cases of B.1.351 (South Africa) and 78 cases of B.1.1.7 variants (UK) to date.

NOTE: The state’s reporting system did not report any numbers on Tuesday, which may explain the jump in cases on Wednesday.

There have been 6,597 deaths in the state reported Friday by state health officials. On Friday, the number dropped by two from Thursday’s count.

Of the positive cases, 27,353 have required hospitalization (4.8%), while 561,393 have recovered (97.7%), representing 6,721 active cases (1.2%).

More than 2.6 million tested negative. More than 3.2 million have been tested.

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