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Wisconsin adds more than 1,600 cases Monday, death rate continues to fall

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Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 2:26 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin health officials report more than 1,600 people have tested positive for the coronavirus Monday.

According to Monday’s report, 8,560 tests came back and 1,696 were positive, or 19.81%. State officials say Wisconsin is averaging 2,395 cases a day for the past 7 days. A total 134,359 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 since testing began in February.

The 7-day average percentage of positive tests, known as the positivity rate, is at 19.93%. The 14-day average is now at 19.46%.

Health officials say the death toll rose by four on Monday to 1,381. According to the state, one new death was reported in Marathon and Wood counties, while Portage County reported two new deaths.

The death rate for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 fell to 1.02%. That percentage has declined since Friday.

County-by-county case numbers from the Department of Health Services are listed below.

DHS reports 24,589 currently active cases, meaning 18.3% of all cases over the past 8 months were diagnosed within the last 30 days and haven’t been medically cleared. There are 108,371 people who are considered recovered, which is 80.7% of all cases. For comparison, one month ago 9.5% of all known cases were active and 89% were recovered.

The City of Appleton announced its tenth COVID-19 death Monday afternoon. According to city officials, the deceased resident was in their 70′s, and lived in the Calumet County portion of the city. This death isn’t a part of the statewide deaths due to being reported after the state’s daily update was issued.

In the past 24 hours there were 56 more hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients. The 7-day average is up to 80 people hospitalized each day. The number of all people diagnosed with the coronavirus requiring hospitalization is up to 7,702. The hospitalization rate is 5.7% of diagnosed cases.

As of Monday, the DHS report says the state’s 134 hospitals currently have 782 COVID-19 patients with 209 in intensive care. That’s an increase from Sunday’s report of 714 COVID-19 patients and 194 in intensive care.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association says 17.83% of all ICU hospital beds in the state are available. The DHS reports Monday that the 8-county Fox Valley Region had 129 COVID-19 patients, 8 in ICU, with 12% of medical beds available. The Northeast Region has 125 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, 43 in ICU, with 26% of beds available. The numbers from the Fox Valley and Northeast Regions are unchanged from Sunday.

Daily hospitalization numbers take deaths and hospital discharges into account.

Viewers have asked us how the state compiles its numbers. The state only counts a person once in its summary of positive and negative tests, no matter how many times a person might be tested. The DHS reports deaths attributed to COVID-19 or in which COVID-19 contributed to their death. Most of the people severely affected by the coronavirus have underlying illnesses or conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity, which sadly affects their chances of dying from COVID-19. The state may revise case and death numbers after further review, such as the victim’s residence, duplicated records, or a correction in lab results. Details can be found on the DHS website and Frequently Asked Questions.

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Health Departments Overwhelmed

The De Pere and Oneida Nation Health Departments, as well as the Brown County Health and Human Services Department, issued a joint Public Health Emergency COVID-19 alert Saturday, citing very high levels of COVID-19 cases resulting in increased COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths.

This comes after public health departments in the Fox Valley declared an emergency alert Friday, saying they’re so inundated with new cases they can’t notify people who test positive in a timely manner -- much less their close contacts. Manitowoc and Door county health departments this week announced made similar announcements this week.

State health officials say with local health departments overwhelmed, it’s going to be harder to identify the source of outbreaks. People who test positive are advised to reach out themselves to people who had close contact and ask them to quarantine until the 14th day from their last contact.

Guidance for local health departments

This week, the DHS released a document local health departments can use for guidance to slow the spread of the virus. You can read the document HERE.

For counties with Very High case activity -- which is a majority of counties in Northeastern Wisconsin -- the recommendations read very much like the Safer-at-Home order early in the pandemic:

  • Consider closing indoor and outdoor bars
  • Restaurants should consider only takeout, pickup or delivery
  • No indoor gatherings beyond members of the household and limit outdoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer with social distancing and face coverings
  • Only essential workers in offices and workplaces with monitoring of symptoms, physical distance and masks
  • Limit retail to 5 customers at a time and consider curbside pickup or mail delivery
  • Consider not holding outdoor concerts, festivals or sporting events
  • Consider not opening gyms or campgrounds except with minimum operations.

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. County and state health officials are reminding and urging people to stay home when they feel sick, avoid large gatherings, and distance yourself six feet from people who aren’t from your household.

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. The tool describes how choices matter and offers suggestions to make activities safer.

New web tools show county, hospital burdens

The Department of Health Services debuted two more online tools Wednesday to help people understand the spread of the COVID-19 virus in their county and how it’s affecting hospitals. “This data is increasingly important for us and local decision makers as this pandemic gets increasingly critical,” DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk told Action 2 News Wednesday.

A display of disease activity indicates whether counties are experiencing a low to very high spread of the virus based on new cases per capita and also indicates how many counties at each level are continuing to see a rise in cases or are starting to see cases wane. A look at hospital capacity offers a graphical look at daily hospitalizations for COVID-19 and what percent of beds (including ICU beds) and ventilators are available. The state updates these charts every Wednesday by 4 P.M.

Disease activity by county: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/disease.htm

Hospital capacity: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/capacity.htm

The state also improved its charts to display 7-day averages for the percent of tests coming back positive, including a chart that includes people tested more than once. The DHS will continue only reporting results for a person once in its summary data, which is the information Action 2 News relies on for its reports each day and is the most widely accepted method for reporting results, including by the CDC.

And the state is further breaking down case numbers among youth, so schools and parents can get a better idea of how the coronavirus is spreading among, say, preschool vs. elementary vs. high school ages.

MONDAY’S CASE NUMBERS AS REPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES (counties with additional cases and/or deaths are indicated in bold)

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 277 cases (4 deaths)
  • Ashland - 159 cases (+2) (2 deaths)
  • Barron - 522 cases (6 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 130 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Brown - 10,482 cases (+29) (69 deaths)
  • Buffalo - 160 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • Burnett - 222 cases (+2) (4 deaths)
  • Calumet - 1,571 cases (+44) (5 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 649 cases (+8)
  • Clark – 479 cases (+5) (8 deaths)
  • Columbia - 848 cases (+23) (3 deaths)
  • Crawford – 202 cases (+5)
  • Dane – 10,514 cases (+62) (43 deaths)
  • Dodge – 2,207 cases (+29) (19 deaths)
  • Door - 437 cases (+9) (3 deaths)
  • Douglas - 551 cases (+5)
  • Dunn - 688 cases (+6) (1 death)
  • Eau Claire - 2,152 cases (+29) (7 deaths)
  • Florence - 113 cases (+3) (2 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 2,505 cases (+50) (14 deaths)
  • Forest - 341 cases (+6) (7 deaths)
  • Grant – 1,220 cases (+19) (19 deaths)
  • Green - 613 cases (+15) (3 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 366 cases (+13)
  • Iowa - 234 cases (+21)
  • Iron - 149 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Jackson - 177 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Jefferson - 1,668 cases (+17) (8 deaths)
  • Juneau - 459 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Kenosha - 3,751 cases (+43) (68 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 707 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • La Crosse – 3,336 cases (+37) (4 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 357 cases (+1)
  • Langlade - 305 cases (+8) (2 deaths)
  • Lincoln - 339 cases (+27) (1 death)
  • Manitowoc – 1,434 cases (+22) (5 deaths)
  • Marathon - 1,924 cases (+63) (17 deaths) (+1)
  • Marinette - 1,135 cases (+17) (9 deaths)
  • Marquette - 345 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Menominee - 123 cases (+4)
  • Milwaukee – 30,382 (+64) (545 deaths)
  • Monroe - 667 cases (+11) (3 deaths)
  • Oconto - 1,206 cases (+33) (4 deaths)
  • Oneida - 614 cases (+20) (4 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 5,638 cases (+152) (32 deaths)
  • Ozaukee - 1,480 cases (+12) (20 deaths)
  • Pepin – 70 cases
  • Pierce – 474 cases (+4) (7 deaths)
  • Polk – 290 cases (+8) (2 deaths)
  • Portage - 1,702 cases (+31) (7 deaths)
  • Price - 167 cases (+7)
  • Racine - 5,240 cases (+7) (98 deaths)
  • Richland - 229 cases (+15) (4 deaths)
  • Rock – 2,860 cases (+77) (33 deaths)
  • Rusk - 75 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Sauk – 1,030 cases (4 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 252 cases (+7) (1 death)
  • Shawano – 1,304 cases (+33) (4 deaths)
  • Sheboygan - 2,180 cases (+11) (19 deaths)
  • St. Croix - 1,066 cases (+6) (9 deaths)
  • Taylor - 243 cases (+6) (4 deaths)
  • Trempealeau - 722 cases (+3) (2 deaths)
  • Vernon - 287 cases (+5) (1 death)
  • Vilas - 298 cases (+12) (1 death)
  • Walworth - 2,760 cases (+11) (35 deaths)
  • Washburn – 135 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
  • Washington - 2,922 cases (+6) (35 deaths)
  • Waukesha – 8,227 cases (+109) (94 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 1,364 cases (+44) (21 deaths)
  • Waushara - 471 cases (+23) (3 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 5193 cases (+303) (34 deaths)
  • Wood - 960 cases (+16) (7 deaths) (+1)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula*

  • Alger - 22 cases (+1)
  • Baraga - 35 cases (3 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 54 cases
  • Delta – 621 cases (+46) (10 deaths) (+2)
  • Dickinson – 212 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 164 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Houghton – 569 cases (+34) (3 deaths)
  • Iron – 251 cases (+9) (8 deaths) (+1)
  • Keweenaw – 13 cases (+2)
  • Luce – 13 cases
  • Mackinac - 54 cases
  • Marquette - 365 cases (+13) (12 deaths)
  • Menominee - 408 cases (+14) (3 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 45 cases (+1)
  • Schoolcraft - 34 cases (+1)

*The State of Michigan 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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