Tuesday’s rise breaks downward trend of positive COVID-19 tests.

While the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases rose on Tuesday, it is too early to determine if this is the reversal of a downward trend or an outlier. Graphic: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, public domain.

Author: Sam Buisman

New coronavirus cases are back on the rise in Wisconsin.

According to Channel3000, the daily percent of positive COVID-19 tests rose to 5% on Tuesday after three days of declining, an over-two-point rise from Monday’s all-time low of 2.9%. However, as this is only one day’s worth of data, public health officials do not know if this represents the beginning of an upward trend or just a bad day.

This uptick comes almost a week after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the statewide Safer At Home order, enabling Wisconsin counties and towns without their own local versions of the order to re-open as they saw fit. According to CNBC, other US states that have lifted their coronavirus restrictions have seen an increase in new cases as well, including Alabama, South Dakota and Texas.

While the statewide Safer At Home order was in effect, the Wisconsin Department of Health services listed a 14-day downward trend in the daily percentage of positive COVID-19 tests as one of the qualifiers for easing towards re-opening.

According to the DHS, there are currently 12,885 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, 541 of which are in Dane County.