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Wisconsin reports record 6,141 coronavirus cases

The state also crossed 2,200 COVID-19 deaths; hospitalizations reach new highs
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Published: Nov. 6, 2020 at 1:59 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 6, 2020 at 6:56 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) -- Wisconsin passed another undesirable milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, confirming more than 6,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours.

The Department of Health Services reported 6,141 new cases. The state received a near-record 20,785 test results by Friday’s deadline and almost 30% of them (29.55%) were positive. The remaining 14,644 tests were negative.

The state also passed 2,200 COVID-19 deaths with 62 added to the death toll Friday. That’s 100 more deaths since Tuesday. At the current rate, COVID-19 could pass Alzheimer’s disease as the 6th leading cause of death in Wisconsin next week, less than 8 months after the first deaths were reported March 19, compared with CDC mortality data for an entire year.

New deaths were reported in Barron (3), Bayfield, Brown (5), Clark, Dane (3), Dodge, Eau Claire (2), Grant, Jefferson (3), Kewaunee, Lincoln, Manitowoc (3), Marathon, Marinette, Milwaukee (10), Oconto, Oneida (4), Outagamie, Portage (3), Racine, Richland, Rock (5), Sauk, Shawano, Taylor, Waukesha (4) and Winnebago (2) counties.

COVID-19 deaths have been reported in every county in Wisconsin except Pepin.

County-by-county case numbers are being updated now.

The 7-day average for new cases is 5,139, the first time that metric was over 5,000. The 7-day average for the positivity rate is 32.20%, which is also a new high.

The state reported 244 more COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in the past 24 hours, shy of the one-day record of 247 hospitalizations. That brought hospitalizations to new highs Friday with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reporting 1,787 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, including 385 in intensive care.

There have now been 12,554 patients with COVID-19 symptoms serious enough to require hospital treatment. That’s 4.9% of all the known coronavirus cases.

Friday there were 5 patients at the alternate care facility (ACF) field hospital at the Wisconsin State Fair Park near Milwaukee, the same as Thursday.

According to state numbers, 55,684 people are currently active coronavirus cases, meaning they were diagnosed within the last 30 days and haven’t been medically cleared. The percentage of all coronavirus patients held steady from Thursday at 9.7% after days of going up. Almost 200,000 people (198,090) are now considered recovered, or 77.4% of all cases in the last 9 months.

HOSPITAL READINESS

The WHA reported Friday 139 ICU beds are open out of 1,469 ICU beds in the state’s 134 hospitals. Eleven percent of licensed medical beds (11.11%) are open overall. [Note: We’re using the term “open” instead of “available” after Prevea president/CEO Dr. Ashok Rai said in an Action 2 News This Morning interview an open bed may not have the ancillary staffing necessary -- nurses, food services and more -- to put a patient in it.]

In the Fox Valley region, which has 13 hospitals serving 8 counties, there are 10 ICU beds open -- twice as many as Thursday -- out of 104 total. Overall, 7.6% of hospital beds are open there. The hospitals are treating 140 COVID-19 patients, 23 in intensive care.

The Northeast region’s 10 hospitals, serving 7 counties, had 18 of their 207 ICU beds open Friday, and 10.9% of beds are open overall.

Changes in hospitalization numbers and bed availability take hospital discharges and deaths into account.

The WHA reports eight of the state’s 134 hospitals had less than a week’s supply of gowns and five had a week’s supply of paper medical masks Friday. Those are significant improvements from earlier this week.

NINE MONTHS OF CORONAVIRUS IN WISCONSIN

The first coronavirus case in Wisconsin was identified on February 5, 2020. The patient returned from a trip to China and went to a Madison hospital, where they were diagnosed and treated for COVID-19. The first COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin were reported on March 19, six weeks later.

MonthCases that monthDeaths that month
February 5-2810
March1,35019
April5,504297
May12,899276
June10,256192
July24,281150
August22,663188
September46,671205
October103,096704
November 1-524,554225

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

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 683 cases (+13) (6 deaths)
  • Ashland - 372 cases (+22) (4 deaths)
  • Barron – 1,685 cases (+99) (11 deaths) (+3)
  • Bayfield - 357 cases (+15) (3 deaths) (+1)
  • Brown – 17,509 cases (+252) (110 deaths) (+5)
  • Buffalo – 408 cases (+21) (3 deaths)
  • Burnett – 386 cases (+13) (6 deaths)
  • Calumet - 3,082 cases (+35) (18 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 2,604 cases (+170) (26 deaths)
  • Clark –1,155 cases (+58) (21 deaths) (+1)
  • Columbia – 2,134 cases (+53) (7 deaths)
  • Crawford – 466 cases (+16) (1 death)
  • Dane – 17,807 cases (+512) (53 deaths) (+3)
  • Dodge – 5,458 cases (+123) (38 deaths) (+1)
  • Door - 1,100 cases (+43) (9 deaths)
  • Douglas - 998 cases (+41) (1 death)
  • Dunn – 1,500 cases (+61) (1 death)
  • Eau Claire – 4,716 cases (+160) (30 deaths) (+2)
  • Florence - 239 cases (+4) (8 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 5,815 cases (+107) (25 deaths)
  • Forest - 560 cases (+16) (11 deaths)
  • Grant – 2,324 cases (+62) (41 deaths) (+1)
  • Green – 1,141 cases (+15) (5 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 876 cases (+10) (4 deaths)
  • Iowa - 689 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
  • Iron - 242 cases (+1) (5 deaths)
  • Jackson - 771 cases (+25) (2 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 3,373 cases (+39) (24 deaths) (+3)
  • Juneau - 1,049 cases (+107) (5 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 6,185 cases (+107) (94 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 1,266 cases (+13) (11 deaths) (+1)
  • La Crosse – 5,174 cases (+139) (26 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 659 case (+23) (1 death)
  • Langlade - 1,159 cases (+16) (12 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 1,150 cases (+33) (14 deaths) (+1)
  • Manitowoc – 3,384 cases (+92) (21 deaths) (+3)
  • Marathon - 6,269 cases (+164) (71 deaths) (+1)
  • Marinette - 2,115 cases (+58) (19 deaths) (+1)
  • Marquette - 778 cases (+11) (5 deaths)
  • Menominee - 387 cases (+10) (1 death)
  • Milwaukee – 47,640 (+835) (616 deaths) (+10)
  • Monroe - 1,478 cases (+57) (8 deaths)
  • Oconto – 2,430 cases (+30) (19 deaths) (+1)
  • Oneida - 1,535 cases (+59) (18 deaths) (+4)
  • Outagamie – 10,662 cases (+186) (85 deaths) (+1)
  • Ozaukee - 2,944 cases (+67) (26 deaths)
  • Pepin – 223 cases (+7)
  • Pierce – 1,012 cases (+49) (7 deaths)
  • Polk – 854 cases (+68) (3 deaths)
  • Portage – 3,356 cases (+75) (26 deaths) (+3)
  • Price - 471 cases (+21) (3 deaths)
  • Racine – 9,263 cases (+284) (123 deaths) (+1)
  • Richland - 576 cases (+26) (10 deaths) (+1)
  • Rock – 6,186 cases (+95) (53 deaths) (+5)
  • Rusk - 337 cases (+12) (1 death)
  • Sauk – 2,328 cases (+101) (9 deaths) (+1)
  • Sawyer - 479 cases (+14) (4 deaths)
  • Shawano – 2,891 cases (+70) (38 deaths) (+1)
  • Sheboygan - 5,891 cases (+134) (32 deaths)
  • St. Croix – 2,469 cases (+86) (14 deaths)
  • Taylor - 643 cases (+16) (9 deaths) (+1)
  • Trempealeau – 1,308 cases (+31) (6 deaths)
  • Vernon - 622 cases (+15) (2 deaths)
  • Vilas - 754 cases (+10) (7 deaths)
  • Walworth - 3,991 cases (+161) (39 deaths)
  • Washburn – 315 cases (+11) (2 deaths)
  • Washington – 5,545 cases (+89) (50 deaths)
  • Waukesha – 15,112 cases (+437) (139 deaths) (+4)
  • Waupaca – 2,851 cases (+72) (55 deaths)
  • Waushara – 1,441 cases (+15) (5 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 10,101 cases (+158) (77 deaths) (+2)
  • Wood – 2,273 cases (+65) (15 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula**

  • Alger - 101 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Baraga - 146 cases (+4) (4 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 145 cases (+11)
  • Delta – 1,486 cases (+35) (36 deaths) (+1)
  • Dickinson - 894 cases (+34) (23 deaths) (+1)
  • Gogebic - 378 cases (+13) (6 deaths)
  • Houghton – 886 cases (+6) (8 deaths)
  • Iron – 502 cases (+10) (24 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 24 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Luce – 72 cases (cases revised -24 by state)
  • Mackinac - 146 cases (+4)
  • Marquette - 1,334 cases (+64) (19 deaths) (+1)
  • Menominee - 810 cases (+19) (7 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 167 cases (+5) (1 death)
  • Schoolcraft - 121 cases (+6)

* 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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