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DHS: No new deaths reported in Sunday’s COVID-19 report, 893 new cases confirmed

The number of tests which were positive on Sunday were 16.2% of all test results
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Published: Sep. 6, 2020 at 2:19 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin health officials say another 893 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed Sunday.

The number of tests which were positive on Sunday were 16.2% of all test results (5,509). 4,616 tests came back negative for COVID-19.

The percentage of positive tests is the second highest the state has recorded since testing began. On March 29, the state reported its highest percentage of positive cases in a single day with 16.47% of all test results coming back positive. However, keep in mind the state had fewer than 1,000 daily test results at that time.

Sunday’s report brings the statewide total of COVID-19 cases to 81,193 since testing began in February.

The current total of negative tests has risen to 1,221,894.

Health officials say the percentage of active cases increased slightly on Sunday to 10.0%, back to where it was on Friday after dropping to 9.9% on Saturday. Officials say 8,101 people are still considered active cases. The number of recovered cases is at 71,906, or 88.6%.

According to the state, the death toll decreased slightly on Sunday to 1.4% of known cases. This is a drop from Saturday’s report of 1.5%. Health officials say no one has died from COVID-19 throughout the past 24 hours.

More than 6,000 people (6,070) have been hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, which is an increase of 22 people from Saturday, according to the DHS. That’s 7.5% of all cases, a percentage that held steady since Saturday.

According to the state, there are currently 275 COVID-19 patients in hospitals. Of these, 95 are in ICU, a drop from Saturday’s report of 116 in the ICU.

Another 118 patients in the hospital have COVID-19 test results pending.

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Within the past week, we’ve seen local and county health departments in Northeast Wisconsin, including Oconto County and Fox Valley counties, issue a “call to action” urging people to avoid large gatherings on this holiday weekend, whether it’s a neighborhood picnic or going to the beach or park. The concerns about Labor Day activities aren’t just in Wisconsin, they extend nationwide (see related story).

Gov. Tony Evers and the DHS issued a statement late Friday afternoon saying 20% of confirmed coronavirus cases are linked to group gatherings.

“Contact tracing data suggests that fewer people are staying home with 20% of total confirmed cases reporting attending a gathering, party, or meeting up with people outside their homes within two weeks prior to testing positive for COVID-19. This percentage is even higher among younger adults, and it shows an increase from June, when this number was 14%, and May, when it was 7%,” the statement reads.

To help people understand how their decisions affect their own health and others, the Department of Health Services introduced a decision tool at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/decision.htm. Going beyond reiterating best practices like social distancing and wearing masks, the tool describes how choices matter and offers suggestions to make activities safer.

County case numbers (counties with new cases or deaths are in bold) are as reported by the DHS. State numbers can vary from county health department numbers, which are updated at different times:

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 146 cases (+5) (3 deaths)
  • Ashland - 37 cases (1 death)
  • Barron - 388 cases (+3) (3 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 55 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Brown - 5,845 cases (+58) (58 deaths)
  • Buffalo - 89 cases (2 deaths)
  • Burnett - 52 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Calumet - 587 cases (+13) (2 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 378 cases (+2)
  • Clark – 259 cases (+2) (8 deaths)
  • Columbia - 385 cases (+8) (2 deaths)
  • Crawford – 120 cases (+2)
  • Dane – 6,118 cases (+157) (40 deaths)
  • Dodge – 1,254 cases (+5) (6 deaths)
  • Door - 147 cases (+3) (3 deaths)
  • Douglas - 285 cases (+5)
  • Dunn - 195 cases (+6)
  • Eau Claire - 941 cases (+36) (6 deaths)
  • Florence - 29 cases (Decrease from 30 in Saturday’s DHS report)
  • Fond du Lac - 1,277 cases (+36) (12 deaths)
  • Forest - 105 cases (+2) (4 deaths)
  • Grant - 474 cases (+13) (18 deaths)
  • Green - 290 cases (+8) (2 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 108 cases (+4)
  • Iowa - 123 cases
  • Iron - 131 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Jackson - 77 cases (1 death)
  • Jefferson - 990 cases (+11) (7 deaths)
  • Juneau - 249 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Kenosha - 3,052 cases (+13) (65 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 207 cases (+2) (2 deaths)
  • La Crosse - 1,326 cases (+14) (2 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 187 cases (+1)
  • Langlade - 87 cases (+3) (2 deaths)
  • Lincoln - 89 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Manitowoc - 606 cases (+16) (2 deaths)
  • Marathon - 820 cases (+10) (14 deaths)
  • Marinette - 633 cases (+2) (7 deaths)
  • Marquette - 107 cases (+6) (1 death)
  • Menominee - 29 cases
  • Milwaukee – 24,799 (+93) (502 deaths)
  • Monroe - 303 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • Oconto - 480 cases (+9) (3 deaths)
  • Oneida - 229 cases (+7) (1 death)
  • Outagamie – 2,264 cases (+55) (21 deaths)
  • Ozaukee - 1001 cases (+13) (18 deaths)
  • Pepin - 48 cases
  • Pierce - 310 cases (+8) (6 deaths)
  • Polk – 183 cases (2 deaths)
  • Portage - 735 cases (+36) (2 deaths)
  • Price - 36 cases
  • Racine - 4,154 cases (+7) (91 deaths)
  • Richland - 61 cases (4 deaths)
  • Rock - 1,822 cases (+36) (28 deaths)
  • Rusk - 30 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Sauk - 678 cases (3 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 166 cases (+1)
  • Shawano – 317 cases (+9)
  • Sheboygan - 1,167 cases (+14) (9 deaths)
  • St. Croix - 675 cases (+5) (7 deaths)
  • Taylor - 121 cases (+2) (3 deaths)
  • Trempealeau - 442 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • Vernon - 117 cases (+2)
  • Vilas - 128 cases (+4)
  • Walworth - 1,810 cases (+20) (32 deaths)
  • Washburn – 76 cases (+5)
  • Washington - 1,775 cases (+13) (29 deaths)
  • Waukesha - 5,819 cases (+31) (78 deaths)
  • Waupaca - 762 cases (+12) (19 deaths)
  • Waushara - 188 cases (+7) (2 deaths)
  • Winnebago - 1,695 cases (+32) (21 deaths)
  • Wood - 525 cases (+9) (3 deaths)

The State of Michigan says they will only be reporting county by county cases Monday - Saturday starting Sunday, September 6.

Health officials there say weekend data are often erratic and generally lower than other days due to reduced testing and lab staffing.

Michigan health officials say Sunday and Monday data will both be reported on Mondays, including Labor Day, and say the change won’t affect the department’s ability to provide onset date information for COVID-19 cases.

“At this time, reporting on Sunday rather than Monday is not critical to our understanding of the virus,” said MDHS Director Robert Gordon. “This change will allow staff who have not had a real day off since February to get some relief and allow the department to prioritize more valuable data reporting, including school outbreak information.”

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

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.

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