Wisconsin DHS reports single day high for new COVID-19 cases, deaths

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MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on Tuesday, Oct. 27, reported 5,262 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 64 new deaths. 

This is the highest single day record increase since the start of the pandemic. 

There are now 206,311 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. 

Governor Tony Evers urged residents of the state to enter a lockdown in all but name only. 

He and DHS want people to stay home, limit their interactions to five people in total, and avoid hosting or gathering with others outside that five person limit. 

DHS Secretary Designee Andrea Palm said contact trackers across the state are overwhelmed and asked people who test positive for COVID-19 to call their close contacts and tell them to get tested and isolate themselves until their test results are known. 

"We need to take significant and collective action, we all need to stay home, do not interact with people you do not live with," said Palm. 

Gov. Evers did not call for businesses to shut down. He did call for people to modify their behavior. Rather than dining out, he suggets people order to-go or delivery. Instead of seeing a doctor in person, he suggests a virtual visit when possible. 

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