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By Shereen Siewert

State officials on Wednesday upped the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 707, and say that eight people have now died as a result of the virus.

The tally is up from 585 cases and five dead 24 hours earlier. Wisconsin has so far processed 12,290 tests, according to DHS figures. Marathon County remains at one confirmed case.

Worldwide, more than 510,000 people have tested positive for the virus and 120,983 have so far recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The death toll worldwide is now 22,993.

Portage, Clark, Waupaca and Vilas Counties reported their first positive cases on Wednesday.

Lincoln County health officials have tested 44 patients and have received 24 negative results. Twenty tests are pending, according to the Lincoln County Health Department.

The Marathon County Health Department has so far not said how many tests have been performed or how many are pending.

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