Record 964 positive coronavirus tests
More than 700,000 people in Wisconsin have been tested
MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin set another daily record Tuesday with almost 1,000 confirmed positive cases. The 964 positive results is the fourth record-breaking high in six days.
The state received 14,680 coronavirus test results in the past 24-hour period. That’s the second-most tests received by the state in one day, but State Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm says the higher numbers are not the result of increased testing: “These are the result of significant community spread.” She points to other days that had a high number of cases with half as many test results.
The positive results represent 6.57% of these tests. While still high, that’s the lowest percentage since last Thursday’s 5.73%.
There are now 37,906 total confirmed cases. The percentage of active cases -- people diagnosed within the past 30 days -- also rose slightly to 20.6%, to 7,800 people.
The death toll rose to 826 after three days at 820. That’s 2.2% of known cases.
New coronavirus cases were confirmed in 53 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The deaths were in Kenosha (1), Milwaukee (4) and Winnebago (1) counties.
In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Tony Evers and Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm continued to emphasize people limiting themselves to essential travel, wearing a face mask when out in public, keeping a physical distance and limiting interactions with people outside our households.
“Something as simple as barbecues and bars can and have spread COVID-19,” Palm said. The biggest danger, she said, is the disease spreads to other people and eventually to someone with serious health risks.
Forty-two more patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 since Monday, for a net of 293 people currently hospitalized. Of those 293, there are 83 patients (28%) in intensive care. There are 147 patients in hospitals suspected of having COVID-19 whose test results aren’t back yet. To date, 10.3% of people who test positive for the coronavirus have been hospitalized for treatment.
In terms of state readiness, the percentage of available beds in the state’s hospital fell to 22% on Tuesday from 25% on Monday. Ventilators have not been an issue for months, with more than 900 of the state’s mechanical ventilators currently available.
Because of the fast-rising number of patients, the State of New York added Wisconsin to its quarantine list. Visitors from Wisconsin must quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York.
In his news conference, Gov. Evers said Wisconsin had no plans for a travel ban, saying it would be impossible to enforce, especially with so many roads from Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota that run through Wisconsin.
With Tuesday’s test results, Wisconsin has now tested more than 700,000 individuals (711,101) in the state. That’s about 12 percent of Wisconsin’s population of more than 5.82 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Department of Health Services says its statistics only count a person once even if they have multiple tests.
You might hear talk about herd immunity, but health experts say it takes at least 60 percent of a population to be infected or vaccinated to build herd immunity from a disease. That’s roughly 3.5 million people, or 94 times the infection rate right now -- and possible coronavirus vaccines are still in testing.
The concern of state health and government officials now is getting the spread of the coronavirus back under control and “re-flattening the curve.”
County by county cases (counties listed in bold were reported to have new cases):
- Adams - 43 cases (+2) (2 deaths)
- Ashland - 8 cases
- Barron - 51 cases (+3) (1 death)
- Bayfield - 9 cases (+2) (1 death)
- Brown - 3,305 cases (+76) (44 deaths)
- Buffalo - 16 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
- Burnett - 5 cases (1 death)
- Calumet - 161 cases (+2) (2 deaths)
- Chippewa – 141 cases (+1)
- Clark - 118 cases (+7) (7 deaths)
- Columbia - 125 cases (+2) (1 death)
- Crawford - 45 cases
- Dane – 3,148 cases (+99) (33 deaths)
- Dodge - 528 cases (+5) (5 deaths)
- Door - 58 cases (+4) (3 deaths)
- Douglas - 63 cases (+2)
- Dunn - 57 cases
- Eau Claire - 346 cases (+6) (1 death)
- Florence - 5 cases (+1)
- Fond du Lac - 403 cases (+4) (6 deaths)
- Forest - 48 cases (3 deaths)
- Grant - 218 cases (+8) (13 deaths)
- Green - 110 cases (1 death)
- Green Lake - 43 cases
- Iowa - 47 cases (+2)
- Iron - 17 cases (1 deaths)
- Jackson - 36 cases (1 death)
- Jefferson - 369 cases (+8) (4 deaths)
- Juneau - 54 cases (+2) (1 death)
- Kenosha - 1,796 cases (+41) (47 deaths) (+1)
- Kewaunee - 83 cases (+6) (1 death)
- La Crosse - 611 cases (+20)
- Lafayette - 83 cases (+2)
- Langlade - 11 cases (1 death)
- Lincoln - 22 cases
- Manitowoc - 162 cases (+7) (1 death)
- Marathon - 304 cases (+11) (1 death)
- Marinette - 121 cases (+21) (3 deaths)
- Marquette - 53 cases (1 death)
- Menominee - 10 cases (+1)
- Milwaukee - 14,399 cases (+301) (402 deaths) (+4)
- Monroe - 139 cases (+2) (1 death)
- Oconto - 98 cases (+10)
- Oneida - 32 cases (+4)
- Outagamie - 695 cases (+30) (9 deaths)
- Ozaukee – 330 cases (+15) (16 deaths)
- Pepin - 16 cases (+1)
- Pierce - 110 cases (+7)
- Polk - 75 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
- Portage - 258 cases (+4)
- Price – 8 cases
- Racine - 2,391 cases (+42) (65 deaths)
- Richland - 17 cases (4 deaths)
- Rock - 1,071 cases (+30) (24 deaths)
- Rusk - 11 cases (1 death)
- Sauk - 190 cases (+21) (3 deaths)
- Sawyer - 15 cases
- Shawano - 101 cases (+6)
- Sheboygan – 312 cases (+19) (4 deaths)
- St. Croix - 294 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
- Taylor - 23 cases (+2)
- Trempealeau - 187 cases (+3)
- Vernon - 42 cases (+2)
- Vilas - 17 cases
- Walworth – 800 cases (+9) (18 deaths)
- Washburn - 6 cases
- Washington - 500 cases (+11) (19 deaths)
- Waukesha - 1,804 cases (+79) (40 deaths)
- Waupaca - 188 cases (+6) (13 deaths)
- Waushara - 47 cases (+2)
- Winnebago - 788 cases (+11) (14 deaths) (+1)
- Wood - 109 cases (1 death)
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
- Alger - 3 cases
- Baraga - 6 cases (+1)
- Chippewa - 10 cases (+1)
- Delta - 28 cases (3 deaths)
- Dickinson - 20 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
- Gogebic - 15 cases (+1) (1 deaths)
- Houghton – 25 cases
- Iron - 8 cases (+1) (1 death)
- Keweenaw - 2 cases (+1)
- Luce - 3 cases
- Mackinac - 9 cases
- Marquette - 89 cases (+1) (11 deaths)
- Menominee - 46 cases (+4)
- Ontonagon - 1 case
- Schoolcraft - 7 cases
The state offers an online a tool that displays COVID-19 activity over the past 2 weeks for every county, including the number of cases per 100,000 residents and whether cases are on an upward, even, or downward trend. You can view it by clicking here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever of 100.4 or higher
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Symptoms that require immediate medical attention include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to rouse
- Bluish lips or face
- The CDC says this is not an all-inclusive list. Consult a medical provider about any symptoms that are severe or concerning.
- The coronavirus is a new, or “novel,” virus. Nobody has a natural immunity to it. Children and teens seem to recover best from the virus. Older people and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) are considered at high risk, according to the CDC. Precautions are also needed around people with developing or weakened immune systems.
- To help prevent the spread of the virus:
- Stay at least six feet away from other people
- Avoid close contact with people who are or appear sick
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates and nonessential appointments
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask. At a minimum, use a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles)
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