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Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 2:27 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) -- COVID-19 testing confirmed 5,771 new cases in Wisconsin Tuesday, according to the Department of Health Services (DHS). The record amount of new cases in a single day were also part of a record setting 21,115 new test results that were returned in a single day.

The previous record of new test results for a single day was set last week Friday, when 18,692 results were released. The previous daily record of new cases was set Saturday, when 5,278 results were positive.

The positivity rate -- a key metric indicating the spread of the virus -- was 27.33%. The percentage is less than the 7-day average, which is at 32.01%.

More than 15,000 people tested negative Monday (15,344).

Since February, more than 238,000 (238,067) coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Wisconsin.

DEATHS

The state’s death toll rose by 52 within the past 24 hours, and now sits at 2,102. The state reports the death rate of all known cases in Wisconsin held steady Tuesday at 0.9%. The state is averaging 35 deaths a day throughout the past week. The DHS tweeted Menominee County reported its first death Tuesday.

After state numbers were released, the City of Appleton announced a resident in the Calumet County portion of the city had died due to COVID-19. City health officials say the resident was in their 70′s, and was the 27th resident to die from COVID-19.

The only county in Wisconsin to not report a death from COVID-19 is Pepin County.

County-by-county case numbers are listed later in this article.

ACTIVE CASES

The DHS reports Tuesday’s percentage of active cases increased from 20.8% to 21.3%. There are 50,689 people who were diagnosed in the past 30 days and haven’t been medically cleared.

The remaining 185,241 people who tested positive are considered recovered, or 77.8%.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

The Department of Health Services reports another 247 people were hospitalized in the past 24 hours, another record for a single day. Since February, 11,844 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have been hospitalized because of serious symptoms.

The percentage of people diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus who were hospitalized continues to hold steady from the weekend at 5.0%. Friday’s hospitalization percentage was 5.1%.

Statewide Tuesday, there were 1,714 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, including 347 in ICU, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). That’s 329 more total COVID-19 patients than one week ago, and 8 more COVID-19 patients in the ICU during that same timeframe.

There are currently seven patients at the alternate care facility (ACF) field hospital at the Wisconsin State Fair Park near Milwaukee, a decrease of six from Monday. The facility helps the state’s hospitals make room for more serious patients by receiving patients who are closer to discharge but not quite ready, such as patients who can walk on their own but still need oxygen. To protect patient privacy, the DHS doesn’t say where patients are from. The ACF is funded by the federal CARES Act and there’s no charge to patients or their insurance for their care and transport to and from their local hospital.

HOSPITAL READINESS

Tuesday’s WHA reports 11.4% of state’s ICU beds are open right now, or 167 ICU beds among 134 hospitals. That percentage decreased from Monday’s report of 12.7%. Overall, the state says 12.8% of all licensed medical beds are open.

In the eight-county Fox Valley region, there are 104 ICU beds in the 13 hospitals there, and 3 ICU beds are open. The hospitals are caring for 158 COVID-19 patients with 25 of them in ICU.

The seven-county Northeast region has 10 ICU beds open at its 10 hospitals, out of a total 207 ICU beds. Those hospitals are caring for 174 COVID-19 patients, 44 in ICU.

Day-to-day changes take hospital discharges and deaths into account.

NEW COMMUNITY TEST SITES

71 new community test sites opened last week for testing through December 10. 56 counties and 7 tribal nations will have regular testing sites. Anyone who lives or works in Wisconsin can get tested. Although you can register at the test site, you’re encouraged to register ahead of time at the COVID Connect web site. Each site will be staffed by Wisconsin National Guard members and local site managers.

CLICK HERE for the list of testing sites by county.

Evers and Palm say each new site is able to open through a partnership with local and tribal health departments, the Wisconsin National Guard, the State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center and county and tribal emergency management, and the Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition.

TUESDAY’S COUNTY NUMBERS (Counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold)*

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 607 cases (+13) (6 deaths)
  • Ashland - 324 cases (+17) (3 deaths)
  • Barron – 1,424 cases (+36) (8 deaths)(+1)
  • Bayfield - 311 cases (+9) (2 deaths)
  • Brown – 16,558 cases (+183) (103 deaths)
  • Buffalo – 355 cases (+12) (3 deaths)
  • Burnett – 346 cases (+15) (6 deaths)
  • Calumet - 2,960 cases (+67) (14 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 2,128 cases (+95) (24 deaths)
  • Clark –1,069 cases (+24) (17 deaths)
  • Columbia – 2,012 cases (+38) (7 deaths)
  • Crawford – 412 cases (+11) (1 death)
  • Dane – 16,768 cases (+561) (49 deaths)
  • Dodge – 4,981 cases (+137) (36 deaths)(+1)
  • Door - 990 cases (+30) (9 deaths)
  • Douglas - 888 cases (+23) (1 death)
  • Dunn – 1,284 cases (+39) (1 death)
  • Eau Claire – 4,225 cases (+130) (25 deaths)(+4)
  • Florence - 228 cases (+1) (8 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 5,469 cases (+98) (23 deaths)
  • Forest - 518 cases (+8) (11 deaths)
  • Grant – 2,157 cases (+72) (38 deaths)(+2)
  • Green – 1,068 cases (+5) (5 deaths) (State revised, decrease of one)
  • Green Lake - 843 cases (+15) (4 deaths)
  • Iowa - 620 cases (+36) (2 deaths)
  • Iron - 224 cases (+7) (5 deaths)(+1)
  • Jackson - 666 cases (+61) (2 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 3,152 cases (+83) (19 deaths)
  • Juneau - 904 cases (+18) (5 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 5,787 cases (+189) (89 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 1,219 cases (+43) (9 deaths)(+1)
  • La Crosse – 4,740 cases (+105) (23 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 615 case (+11) (1 death)
  • Langlade - 1,113 cases (+11) (11 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 1,003 cases (+38) (13 deaths)(+1)
  • Manitowoc – 3,205 cases (+104) (16 deaths)
  • Marathon - 5,704 cases (+127) (64 deaths)(+3)
  • Marinette - 1,978 cases (+43) (18 deaths)(+2)
  • Marquette - 726 cases (+14) (5 deaths)(+3)
  • Menominee - 355 cases (+11) (1 death) (+1)
  • Milwaukee – 44,945 (+916) (599 deaths)(+5)
  • Monroe - 1,347 cases (+35) (8 deaths)
  • Oconto – 2,339 cases (+40) (18 deaths)
  • Oneida - 1,413 cases (+13) (14 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 10,114 cases (+149) (82 deaths)(+1)
  • Ozaukee - 2,635 cases (+89) (25 deaths)
  • Pepin – 192 cases (+15)
  • Pierce – 883 cases (+36) (7 deaths)
  • Polk – 709 cases (+29) (3 deaths)
  • Portage – 3,138 cases (+70) (22 deaths)(+1)
  • Price - 425 cases (+8) (3 deaths)
  • Racine – 8,565 cases (+222) (116 deaths)(+2)
  • Richland - 533 cases (+14) (9 deaths)
  • Rock – 5,876 cases (+89) (46 deaths)
  • Rusk - 290 cases (+27) (1 death)
  • Sauk – 2,096 cases (+105) (8 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 431 cases (+9) (4 deaths)
  • Shawano – 2,741 cases (+34) (32 deaths)(+6)
  • Sheboygan - 5,546 cases (+185) (33 deaths)(+2)
  • St. Croix – 2,255 cases (+64) (12 deaths)
  • Taylor - 597 cases (+33) (7 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 1,198 cases (+40) (5 deaths)(+1)
  • Vernon - 562 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
  • Vilas - 673 cases (+5) (7 deaths)(+1)
  • Walworth - 3,684 cases (+90) (39 deaths)
  • Washburn – 284 cases (+12) (2 deaths)
  • Washington – 5,038 cases (+132) (45 deaths)(+1)
  • Waukesha – 13,887 cases (+305) (129 deaths)(+4)
  • Waupaca – 2,685 cases (+35) (49 deaths)(+2)
  • Waushara – 1,304 cases (+189) (5 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 9,664 cases (+143) (73 deaths)(+6)
  • Wood – 2,051 cases (+92) (10 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula**

  • Alger - 102 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Baraga - 119 cases (+10) (4 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 118 cases
  • Delta – 1,298 cases (+26) (33 deaths)
  • Dickinson - 809 cases (+23) (20 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 352 cases (+4) (5 deaths)
  • Houghton – 859 cases (+14) (8 deaths)
  • Iron – 464 cases (+5) (23 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 24 cases
  • Luce – 63 cases (+1)
  • Mackinac - 141 cases (State revised, decrease of one)
  • Marquette - 1,154 cases (+65) (16 deaths)
  • Menominee - 739 cases (+30) (7 deaths)(+1)
  • Ontonagon – 117 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Schoolcraft - 102 cases (+4)

* Viewers have asked us why the state has different numbers than what’s reported on some county health department websites. The DHS reports cases from all health departments within a county’s boundaries, including tribal, municipal and county health departments; county websites may not. Also, public health departments update their data at various times whereas the DHS freezes the numbers it receives by the same time every day to compile the afternoon report.

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 raises a person’s risk of dying from COVID-19 but would’ve lived longer if not for their infection. 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.

**The state of Michigan does not update numbers on Sundays.

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.

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.

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