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State has record 1,547 new coronavirus cases, near-record 17.5% positive

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Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 2:30 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2020 at 4:03 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported a record 1,547 new coronavirus cases in the latest batch of test results, which was 17.54% of all the tests.

The number of positive test results and the percentage of positive tests reported Thursday nearly doubled compared to the day before, despite a similar number of test results. There were 8,822 results received for Thursday’s report, only 49 fewer than Wednesday, which saw 857 positive tests, or 9.66%.

County numbers show 482 of the positive tests, more than 30%, were in Dane County.

The death toll from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, rose to 1,193 with ten more deaths added. The death rate holds steady at 1.4% of known cases. The deaths were in Barron, Dodge, Milwaukee (2), Oconto, Outagamie, Portage and Waukesha (3) counties.

The Winnebago County Health Department says it’s reporting 74 new positive cases to the DHS today, a single-day record for that county. The health department told us, “We believe this surge is due in large part to pent-up demand for testing that occurred because of limited testing options over the holiday weekend.” Patients ranged from 5 to 79 years old. Half of them are 30 years old or younger, including five under the age of 10, and twenty-six age 18 to 24.

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The state now has 8,836 active cases -- people diagnosed within the past 30 days. That’s 10.4% of all 84,881 cases diagnosed since the coronavirus reached Wisconsin. Yesterday the percentage of active cases was 9.8%, so the state has seen a reversal, which should be expected after setting records for new cases two of the last 3 days.

The number of recovered patients grew to 74,834.

Forty-nine more people were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment. The state reports 6,222 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized since February 5, or 7.3% of all cases.

The latest report has 302 people currently hospitalized -- 4 more in a 24-hour period -- while the number of patients in intensive care is 86 -- down by 2.

Twenty-one percent of the state’s licensed medical beds in the state are available. That’s in the range we’ve seen over several weeks.

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.

Thursday’s positive rate of 17.54% is just two-hundredths less than that metric’s record 17.56% set on Tuesday, which was based on only 4,083 tests... less than half as many.

The previous record of 1,498 people testing positive was based on 11,702 tests (12.8%).

While health experts say it’s important to look at the results over time, not just by a single day, by our calculations, that’s an average 1,004 new cases per day -- the first time that average has been over 1,000.

On Action 2 News This Morning, Prevea president/CEO Dr. Ashok Rai indicated it’s mostly people already exhibiting symptoms who are getting tested. “You have to remember a negative test means you’re negative when we put that swab in your nose. That’s why it’s most important to test you when you have symptoms--any kind of symptoms--remember the list is pretty long. And it’s a low threshold to get tested. Or if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Wouldn’t it be great if we could test everybody a lot? It would be great. The resources aren’t there for that.”

Dr. Rai discourages following the state health reports every day, saying it can add to people’s anxiety. “I think some people want to react and look for, ‘Well, the numbers are going to tell me when it’s going to go away,’ and it’s not,” said Dr. Rai. “All the numbers are going to tell you are it’s still here and it’s a mostly controlled situation.”

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 - 151 cases (+1) (3 deaths)
  • Ashland - 38 cases (1 death)
  • Barron - 394 cases (+1) (4 deaths) (+1)
  • Bayfield - 65 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Brown - 6,176 cases (+109) (58 deaths) [corrects number of cases added]
  • Buffalo - 98 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • Burnett - 59 cases (+2) (2 deaths)
  • Calumet - 632 cases (+13) (2 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 395 cases (+7)
  • Clark – 264 cases (+3) (8 deaths)
  • Columbia - 411 cases (+11) (2 deaths)
  • Crawford – 121 cases
  • Dane – 6,971 cases (+482) (41 deaths)
  • Dodge – 1,348 cases (+76) (7 deaths) (+1)
  • Door - 165 cases (+8) (3 deaths)
  • Douglas - 298 cases (+1)
  • Dunn - 215 cases (+7)
  • Eau Claire - 1,060 cases (+23) (6 deaths)
  • Florence - 34 cases (+3)
  • Fond du Lac - 1,340 cases (+36) (12 deaths)
  • Forest - 119 cases (+12) (4 deaths)
  • Grant - 528 cases (+29) (19 deaths)
  • Green - 322 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 115 cases (+1)
  • Iowa - 129 cases (+4)
  • Iron - 132 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Jackson - 86 cases (+12) (1 death)
  • Jefferson - 1,026 cases (+19) (7 deaths)
  • Juneau - 259 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Kenosha - 3,091 cases (+17) (64 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 232 cases (+8) (2 deaths)
  • La Crosse - 1,445 cases (+75) (2 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 188 cases
  • Langlade - 91 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • Lincoln - 97 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Manitowoc - 644 cases (+12) (2 deaths)
  • Marathon - 842 cases (+9) (14 deaths)
  • Marinette - 647 cases (7 deaths)
  • Marquette - 121 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Menominee - 30 cases
  • Milwaukee – 25,159 (+145) (509 deaths) (+2)
  • Monroe - 309 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
  • Oconto - 519 cases (+10) (4 deaths) (+1)
  • Oneida - 249 cases (+8) (1 death)
  • Outagamie – 2,476 cases (+69) (24 deaths) (+1)
  • Ozaukee - 1,039 cases (+9) (18 deaths)
  • Pepin - 48 cases
  • Pierce - 317 cases (+3) (6 deaths)
  • Polk – 188 cases (2 deaths) (cases revised -1 by state)
  • Portage - 824 cases (+31) (3 deaths) (+1)
  • Price - 36 cases
  • Racine - 4,213 cases (+20) (92 deaths)
  • Richland - 63 cases (+2) (4 deaths)
  • Rock - 1,926 cases (+51) (29 deaths)
  • Rusk - 31 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Sauk - 691 cases (+8) (3 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 169 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Shawano – 363 cases (+11)
  • Sheboygan - 1,199 cases (+7) (10 deaths)
  • St. Croix - 701 cases (+13) (7 deaths)
  • Taylor - 127 cases (+4) (3 deaths)
  • Trempealeau - 448 cases (+3) (2 deaths)
  • Vernon - 123 cases (+4)
  • Vilas - 136 cases
  • Walworth - 1,966 cases (+86) (32 deaths)
  • Washburn – 78 cases (+1)
  • Washington - 1,844 cases (+18) (29 deaths)
  • Waukesha - 5,941 cases (+55) (81 deaths) (+3)
  • Waupaca - 789 cases (+6) (19 deaths)
  • Waushara - 211 cases (+9) (2 deaths)
  • Winnebago - 1,778 cases (+30) (22 deaths)
  • Wood - 541 cases (+3) (3 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

  • Alger - 16 cases
  • Baraga - 6 cases
  • Chippewa - 44 cases
  • Delta – 168 cases (+5) (3 deaths)
  • Dickinson – 69 cases (2 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 138 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Houghton – 152 cases (+6) (1 death)
  • Iron – 40 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Keweenaw - 4 cases
  • Luce – 10 cases (+2)
  • Mackinac - 33 cases
  • Marquette - 235 cases (+3) (11 deaths)
  • Menominee - 233 cases (+1)
  • Ontonagon – 35 cases
  • Schoolcraft - 16 cases

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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