Members of the Wisconsin National Guard assist people at a COVID-19 testing facility at UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Ave. in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin reported 1,696 new coronavirus cases Monday as the virus continued to rampage across the state.

The state Department of Health Services also reported four deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,381.

Mondays typically turn out the lowest case counts of the week, as fewer tests are conducted and processed over the weekend. Still, the nearly 1,700 tests reported Monday make it the second-highest Monday case count ever — behind last week.

The number of new daily cases over the last seven days was 2,395. The seven-day average statistic is meant to smooth out anomalies in the data and better represent current trends.

Wisconsin continues to grapple with one of the country’s worst outbreaks. Northeast and central Wisconsin especially are dealing with explosive case growth and a rapid rise in hospitalizations that has put hospitals in the region near capacity. Some have diverted patients to other locations or treated them on gurneys in the hallway.

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