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DHS sees decrease in test results, confirms 404 new cases of COVID-19 in Monday’s report

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 2:22 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports another 404 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total confirmed case count in the state since testing began to 55,328.

Health officials say 9,866 cases are considered active, which equals 17.8% of all confirmed cases in the state, according to the DHS.

Out of those cases, 44,495 are considered recovered, which equals 80.4%.

The percentage of active cases has now fallen below 18%, and it appears the decline was helped by new CDC guidelines that lets a person infected with the coronavirus end their isolation after 10 days if they never exhibit symptoms.

According to the DHS, out of Monday’s total number of test results (7,173), 5.6% were positive, a decrease from Sunday’s percentage of 9.6%. This is the first decrease in the percentage of positive tests since Friday.

47 out of Wisconsin’s 72 counties reported an increase in cases Monday, according to the DHS report. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, nine out of the region’s 15 counties reported an increase.

Another 6,769 people tested negative for the virus, according to Monday’s report.

So far, a total of 966,763 people in Wisconsin have undergone testing since it began earlier this year.

In addition, the state says one person has died due to COVID-19 since Sunday. The state reports a total of 949 people, or 1.7% of patients, have died. That percentage holds steady from Sunday’s report. Between July 23 and August 1, the death rate had held steady at 1.8%.

The lone death reported by the DHS was in Winnebago County. No other information about the patient was provided by the DHS.

Another 15 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized since Sunday. There are currently 294 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, with 106 of those patients are in intensive care. The DHS reports at least 8.6% of coronavirus patients have been hospitalized at some point for treatment, which equals 4,732 of all confirmed cases.

There are another 105 people in hospitals suspected of having COVID-19 waiting for test results. The Wisconsin Hospital Association reports 22% of medical beds in the state are still available.

County by county cases (counties listed in bold were reported to have new cases):

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 73 cases (2 deaths)
  • Ashland - 20 cases
  • Barron - 259 cases (+4) (3 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 20 cases (1 death)
  • Brown – 4,011 cases (+3) (51 deaths)
  • Buffalo – 41 cases (2 deaths)
  • Burnett – 18 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Calumet - 258 cases (+2) (2 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 210 cases (+1)
  • Clark - 177 cases (+3) (7 deaths)
  • Columbia - 227 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Crawford – 62 cases
  • Dane – 4,230 cases (+32) (37 deaths)
  • Dodge - 705 cases (+3) (5 deaths)
  • Door - 85 cases (3 deaths)
  • Douglas - 135 cases (+2)
  • Dunn - 105 cases
  • Eau Claire - 507 cases (+4) (3 deaths)
  • Florence - 7 cases
  • Fond du Lac - 571 cases (+11) (6 deaths)
  • Forest - 59 cases (4 deaths)
  • Grant - 329 cases (+1) (14 deaths)
  • Green - 131 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Green Lake - 52 cases
  • Iowa – 65 cases (+2)
  • Iron - 72 cases (1 death)
  • Jackson - 49 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Jefferson - 564 cases (+8) (5 deaths)
  • Juneau - 129 cases (1 death)
  • Kenosha – 2,499 cases (+25) (53 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 110 cases (2 deaths)
  • La Crosse - 825 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Lafayette - 110 cases (+2)
  • Langlade - 49 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Lincoln - 64 cases (+1)
  • Manitowoc - 306 cases (+5) (1 death)
  • Marathon - 580 cases (+2) (6 deaths)
  • Marinette - 331 cases (+16) (3 deaths)
  • Marquette - 71 cases (1 death)
  • Menominee - 20 cases (+1)
  • Milwaukee – 19,855 cases (+128) (446 deaths)
  • Monroe - 226 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Oconto - 183 cases
  • Oneida - 89 cases (+1)
  • Outagamie - 1,113 cases (+11) (13 deaths)
  • Ozaukee – 568 cases (17 deaths)
  • Pepin - 40 cases
  • Pierce - 174 cases (+4)
  • Polk - 120 cases (2 deaths)
  • Portage - 355 cases (+1)
  • Price – 21 cases (change from Sunday’s report of 22)
  • Racine - 3,249 cases (+4) (76 deaths)
  • Richland - 32 cases (4 deaths)
  • Rock - 1,371 cases (+5) (26 deaths)
  • Rusk - 16 cases (1 death)
  • Sauk – 392 cases (+6) (3 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 40 cases (+3)
  • Shawano - 161 cases (+3)
  • Sheboygan – 622 cases (+13) (5 deaths)
  • St. Croix - 452 cases (+5) (2 deaths)
  • Taylor - 54 cases (+2)
  • Trempealeau - 307 cases (2 deaths)
  • Vernon - 58 cases
  • Vilas - 38 cases
  • Walworth – 1,258 cases (+21) (21 deaths)
  • Washburn - 35 cases (+1)
  • Washington - 880 cases (22 deaths)
  • Waukesha – 3,693 cases (+30) (55 deaths)
  • Waupaca - 379 cases (+9) (15 deaths)
  • Waushara - 107 cases (+1)
  • Winnebago - 1,063 cases (+8) (18 deaths) (+1)
  • Wood - 241 cases (+3) (1 death)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

  • Alger - 7 cases (+1)
  • Baraga - 5 cases
  • Chippewa - 24 cases
  • Delta - 62 cases (+1) (3 deaths)
  • Dickinson - 45 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 92 cases (+3) (1 deaths)
  • Houghton – 41 cases (+1)
  • Iron - 17 cases (1 death)
  • Keweenaw - 2 cases
  • Luce - 3 cases
  • Mackinac - 17 cases (+1)
  • Marquette - 127 cases (+1) (11 deaths)
  • Menominee - 95 cases (+6)
  • Ontonagon - 4 cases (+1)
  • Schoolcraft - 12 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.

Symptoms:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • 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.

Prevention

  • 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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