For the third time in the past seven days, the Department of Health Services has reported a record-breaking single-day total of new COVID-19 cases. 

DHS reported 3,861 new cases of the disease Friday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 3,052 daily cases. It’s the first time the average has crested the 3,000 case mark.

Daily new cases have been rising since early September, when the average was less than 700. 

There were 21 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Friday, bringing the seven-day average to a record high of about 19 deaths per day. On Friday, 10,725 tested negative.

According to DHS, no new data will be reported over the weekend because of a planned upgrade to the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System. 

20.7 percent of people who got tested for COVID-19 over the

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