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Positive coronavirus cases fall below 10%; state adds 15 deaths

The state received 8,871 test results -- more than twice as many as Tuesday
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Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 2:05 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2020 at 2:31 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The percentage of positive coronarivus tests fell sharply Wednesday from Tuesday’s record 17.56%, to give us the first day below 10% since last Thursday.

The state received 8,871 tests -- more than twice as many as Tuesday -- and 857 of these were positive, or 9.66%. Tests came back positive in 56 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

Fifteen more COVID-19 deaths were reported by the state on Wednesday, including Oconto, Outagamie, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties, after three days of Wisconsin’s death toll holding steady. Sawyer County reported its first COVID-19 death; there are still 15 counties which have not had a death attributed to COVID-19.

The state reports 1,183 people have now died from the disease caused by the coronavirus, but the death rate holds steady at 1.4% of known cases.

Winnebago County said its most recent death was in a long-term care facility. The Department of Health Services says there are 260 public health investigations underway in long-term care facilities in the state, including 99 nursing homes. You can see a list of which nursing homes have active investigations by county at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/investigations.htm. It only takes one positive coronavirus test of a resident or staff member to trigger a health investigation at these facilities.

Public health investigations are also underway at 82 educational facilities; 55 group housing facilities; 49 health care facilities; and 462 workplaces that don’t fit these categories, such as restaurants, bars, factories and offices. The state does not name these locations.

The state says there are 8,169 active cases right now -- cases diagnosed within the last 30 days. That’s 9.8% of all known cases, a decline of one-tenth of one percent from yesterday.

Fifty-five more people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the state’s report. That’s 7.4% of all coronavirus cases hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19. The latest report available shows 298 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 -- a slight increase over 24 hours -- with 88 of them in intensive care. Twenty-four percent of the state’s licensed medical beds are currently available.

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The state says the spread of the coronavirus is high in all but seven counties in Wisconsin. In 6 counties the activity level is moderate -- Menominee is the only one in WBAY’s viewing area -- and in Price county the virus’s spread is low. The state says the case rate is trending higher in Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Valley area.

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 - 150 cases (+1) (3 deaths)
  • Ashland - 38 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Barron - 393 cases (3 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 63 cases (+5) (1 death)
  • Brown - 6,067 cases (+75) (58 deaths)
  • Buffalo - 97 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Burnett - 57 cases (+3) (2 deaths)
  • Calumet - 619 cases (+8) (2 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 389 cases (+4)
  • Clark – 261 cases (+1) (8 deaths)
  • Columbia - 400 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
  • Crawford – 121 cases (+1)
  • Dane – 6,489 cases (+62) (41 deaths) (+1)
  • Dodge – 1,272 cases (+54) (6 deaths)
  • Door - 157 cases (+5) (3 deaths)
  • Douglas - 297 cases (+5)
  • Dunn - 208 cases (+6)
  • Eau Claire - 1,037 cases (+37) (6 deaths)
  • Florence - 31 cases
  • Fond du Lac - 1,304 cases (+10) (12 deaths)
  • Forest - 107 cases (+2) (4 deaths)
  • Grant - 499 cases (+4) (19 deaths)
  • Green - 316 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 114 cases (+2)
  • Iowa - 125 cases (+2)
  • Iron - 131 cases (1 death)
  • Jackson - 77 cases (1 death) (cases revised -1 by state)
  • Jefferson - 1,007 cases (+6) (7 deaths)
  • Juneau - 255 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Kenosha - 3,074 cases (+5) (64 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 224 cases (+9) (2 deaths)
  • La Crosse - 1,370 cases (+19) (2 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 188 cases
  • Langlade - 90 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • Lincoln - 96 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Manitowoc - 632 cases (+5) (2 deaths)
  • Marathon - 833 cases (14 deaths) (cases revised -2 by state)
  • Marinette - 647 cases (+4) (7 deaths)
  • Marquette - 118 cases (+8) (1 death)
  • Menominee - 30 cases
  • Milwaukee – 25,014 (+70) (507 deaths) (+5)
  • Monroe - 303 cases (2 deaths)
  • Oconto - 509 cases (+8) (4 deaths) (+1)
  • Oneida - 241 cases (+8) (1 death)
  • Outagamie – 2,407 cases (+63) (23 deaths) (+2)
  • Ozaukee - 1,030 cases (+9) (18 deaths)
  • Pepin - 48 cases
  • Pierce - 314 cases (+2) (6 deaths)
  • Polk – 189 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • Portage - 793 cases (+20) (2 deaths)
  • Price - 36 cases
  • Racine - 4,193 cases (+35) (92 deaths) (+1)
  • Richland - 61 cases (4 deaths)
  • Rock - 1,875 cases (+13) (29 deaths) (+1)
  • Rusk - 30 cases (1 death)
  • Sauk - 683 cases (+1) (3 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 167 cases (+1) (1 death) (+1)
  • Shawano – 352 cases (+17)
  • Sheboygan - 1,192 cases (+17) (10 deaths) (+1)
  • St. Croix - 688 cases (+9) (7 deaths)
  • Taylor - 123 cases (3 deaths)
  • Trempealeau - 445 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Vernon - 119 cases
  • Vilas - 136 cases (+1)
  • Walworth - 1,880 cases (+44) (32 deaths)
  • Washburn – 77 cases
  • Washington - 1,826 cases (29 deaths)
  • Waukesha - 5,886 cases (+13) (78 deaths)
  • Waupaca - 783 cases (+5) (19 deaths)
  • Waushara - 202 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Winnebago - 1,748 cases (+18) (22 deaths) (+1)
  • Wood - 538 cases (+7) (3 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

  • Alger - 16 cases
  • Baraga - 6 cases
  • Chippewa - 44 cases
  • Delta – 163 cases (+5) (3 deaths)
  • Dickinson – 69 cases (2 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 137 cases (1 death)
  • Houghton – 146 cases (+8) (1 death)
  • Iron – 36 cases (1 death)
  • Keweenaw - 4 cases
  • Luce – 8 cases
  • Mackinac - 33 cases
  • Marquette - 232 cases (+5) (11 deaths)
  • Menominee - 232 cases (+2)
  • Ontonagon – 35 cases
  • Schoolcraft - 16 cases (+1)

The State of Michigan says it will only report county case numbers Monday-Saturday. Health officials there say weekend data are often erratic and generally lower than other days due to reduced testing and lab staffing.

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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