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Wisconsin sets single day record as more than 2,800 test positive for coronavirus

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Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 2:21 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin reported a single day record of 2,817 tests being positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 113,645 people testing positive for the coronavirus since testing began on February 5. That’s 14,083 more cases than seven days ago.

The state received 12,584 test results on Saturday, bringing the positive rate of Saturday’s test results to 22.4%. Earlier in the week, the rate had been reported by the DHS at 13%.

The DHS reports an increase of cases in each of the state’s 72 counties. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, new cases were reported in 11 out of the 15 counties.

Wisconsin has added an average 2,011 cases per day for the past 7 days, an increase from Friday’s seven day average of 1,936. The 14-day average also rose again, up to 1,860 cases per day. The two week average includes multiple days of more than 2,000 positive tests being returned.

The state has added more than 11,000 coronavirus cases in the last five days (11,147).

The DHS says seven more people died within the past 24 hours, bringing the COVID-19 death toll rose to 1,281. The new deaths were reported in Dodge, Green, Marinette, Milwaukee, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties. However, the death rate from known cases is now at 1.12%, a decrease from Friday’s report of 1.15%.

As of Saturday, the state had more than 18,000 active cases (18,252), increasing that metric to 16.1% of all coronavirus cases since February 5. There were 94,094 people (82.8%) medically cleared or passed 30 days since their diagnosis or onset of symptoms.

79 more patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment within the past 24 hours, for a total 7,041 coronavirus patients being hospitalized in Wisconsin at some point. Wisconsin’s 7-day average is 60 COVID-19 hospitalizations per day.

The number of currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients reported by the Wisconsin Hospitalization Association on Saturday is up to 574. That’s 31 more than Friday. Of these, 161 are in intensive care, which is 14 more than Friday.

The report on hospital readiness updated Saturday shows 21% of licensed medical beds statewide are available, an increase of Friday’s report of 19%. In the 7-county Northeast Region, there were 85 COVID-19 patients (24 in ICU) and 28% of beds were open. The 8-county Fox Valley Region had 101 patients (11 in ICU) and 13% of beds available.

Dr. Rai expressed concern Thursday on Action 2 News This Morning about the number of people being hospitalized. “We have many more in the hospital now than we did in the outbreak of the spring, the first time that we had gotten really bad. Now it’s much worse,” he said. He noted hospitals still need to provide care for others, “from somebody having a stroke to a heart attack to breaking their hip or needing knee surgery.”

The percentage of hospitalizations from all known coronavirus cases declined to 6.4% -- a metric we’ve seen steadily go down. The sharp increase in cases and steady decline in the death toll can be attributed to better treatments but even more to the virus spreading among young adults. They’re less likely to suffer the serious symptoms of the coronavirus that require hospitalization -- in fact, may show no symptoms at all -- but can still spread the virus to others and to vulnerable populations.

Earlier this week, Gov. Tony Evers extended the face mask order and declared a new public health emergency. Health experts say face masks are still the most effective way the general public can slow the spread of the coronavirus, but only if the masks are worn appropriately -- over the nose and chin.

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To help people understand how their decisions affect their own health and others, the Department of Health Services has 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 BY COUNTY CASE NUMBERS (Counties with new cases or deaths are in bold – all numbers come from the Department of Health Services. County health department numbers may vary.)

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 227 cases (+1) (4 deaths)
  • Ashland - 99 cases (+9) (2 deaths)
  • Barron - 456 cases (+12) (4 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 99 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Brown - 8,778 cases (+279) (62 deaths)
  • Buffalo - 138 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Burnett - 186 cases (+14) (3 deaths)
  • Calumet - 1,105 cases (+93) (3 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 522 cases (+5)
  • Clark – 384 cases (+11) (8 deaths)
  • Columbia - 603 cases (+30) (2 deaths)
  • Crawford – 160 cases (+4)
  • Dane – 9,488 cases (+143) (41 deaths)
  • Dodge – 1,806 cases (+24) (16 deaths) (+2)
  • Door - 314 cases (+14) (3 deaths)
  • Douglas - 441 cases (+24)
  • Dunn - 498 cases (+26)
  • Eau Claire - 1,840 cases (+64) (6 deaths)
  • Florence - 89 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Fond du Lac – 2,013 cases (+60) (13 deaths)
  • Forest - 269 cases (+12) (4 deaths)
  • Grant - 953 cases (+27) (19 deaths)
  • Green - 485 cases (+10) (3 deaths) (+1)
  • Green Lake - 261 cases (+17)
  • Iowa - 180 cases (+3)
  • Iron - 140 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Jackson - 145 cases (+12) (1 death)
  • Jefferson - 1,394 cases (+63) (8 deaths)
  • Juneau - 367 cases (+3) (2 deaths)
  • Kenosha - 3,476 cases (+48) (65 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 516 cases (+30) (2 deaths)
  • La Crosse - 2,990 cases (+44) (2 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 266 cases (+6)
  • Langlade - 169 cases (+11) (2 deaths)
  • Lincoln - 206 cases (+20) (1 death)
  • Manitowoc - 1043 cases (+51) (3 deaths)
  • Marathon - 1,312 cases (+78) (14 deaths)
  • Marinette - 884 cases (+30) (8 deaths) (+1)
  • Marquette - 251 cases (+13) (1 death)
  • Menominee - 66 cases (+3)
  • Milwaukee – 28,260 (+323) (528 deaths) (+1)
  • Monroe - 494 cases (+19) (2 deaths)
  • Oconto - 855 cases (+61) (4 deaths)
  • Oneida - 435 cases (+16) (2 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 4,252 cases (+222) (29 deaths)
  • Ozaukee - 1,329 cases (+25) (19 deaths)
  • Pepin - 63 cases (+4)
  • Pierce – 434 cases (+6) (7 deaths)
  • Polk – 241 cases (+5) (2 deaths)
  • Portage - 1,379 cases (+44) (4 deaths)
  • Price - 88 cases (+15)
  • Racine - 4,805 cases (+82) (95 deaths)
  • Richland - 123 cases (+5) (4 deaths)
  • Rock – 2,473 cases (+26) (32 deaths)
  • Rusk - 61 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Sauk - 885 cases (+17) (3 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 206 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Shawano – 791 cases (+59) (1 death)
  • Sheboygan - 1,568 cases (+19) (16 deaths) (+1)
  • St. Croix - 902 cases (+17) (8 deaths)
  • Taylor - 174 cases (+7) (4 deaths)
  • Trempealeau - 623 cases (+13) (2 deaths)
  • Vernon - 215 cases (+7)
  • Vilas - 201 cases (+8) (1 death)
  • Walworth - 2,578 cases (+29) (35 deaths)
  • Washburn – 101 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Washington - 2,534 cases (+37) (32 deaths)
  • Waukesha - 7,254 cases (+179) (87 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 1,011 cases (+24) (20 deaths)
  • Waushara - 331 cases (+11) (2 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 3,568 cases (+190) (26 deaths) (+1)
  • Wood - 792 cases (+33) (5 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula*

  • Alger - 17 cases (+1)
  • Baraga - 20 cases (+3)
  • Chippewa - 50 cases
  • Delta – 367 cases (+33) (7 deaths)
  • Dickinson – 128 cases (+3) (2 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 147 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Houghton – 395 cases (+33) (2 deaths)
  • Iron – 159 cases (+18) (2 deaths)(+1)
  • Keweenaw – 8 cases
  • Luce – 12 cases
  • Mackinac - 42 cases (+1)
  • Marquette - 306 cases (+9) (12 deaths)
  • Menominee - 325 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Ontonagon – 41 cases
  • Schoolcraft - 25 cases (+2)

*The State of Michigan says it will only report county case numbers Monday-Saturday. State health officials 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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