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New coronavirus record puts Wisconsin over 300,000 cases

Wisconsin also passed 14,000 hospitalizations
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Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 2:05 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2020 at 3:53 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin identified a record 7,777 new coronavirus cases Friday, putting Wisconsin past the unwanted milestone of 300,000 total cases.

Friday’s total is 280 more than Thursday’s record. The state received a total 18,510 test results and 42% were positive -- close to a record positivity rate. The remaining 10,733 tests were negative.

Wisconsin has now had 301,165 confirmed coronavirus cases since February 5. It added 100,000 cases in 18 days, since October 26.

More than 69,000 people who tested positive (69,060) are still considered active cases, meaning they were diagnosed in the past 30 days and haven’t been medically cleared. That’s almost 23% of all the state’s cases (22.9%).

Total coronavirus casesDate reachedDays between
301,165November 518 days
201,049October 2636 days
101,227September 20228 days
1February 5

Fifty-eight more patients were added to the death toll, bringing that total to 2,573. COVID-19 has now killed more people in Wisconsin in less than 8 months than either stroke, Alzheimer disease, diabetes, the flu and pneumonia, and self-harm killed in all of 2018 (see chart below).

The deaths were reported in 25 counties, including 12 with multiple deaths: Barron, Brown, Chippewa, Clark, Dane (4), Dodge, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac (2), Kenosha (4), Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc (2), Marathon (5), Milwaukee (5), Monroe, Outagamie (5), Pierce (2), Racine (7), Shawano, St. Croix (2), Vernon, Walworth (2), Waukesha (5) and Winnebago counties. After the state’s report came out, Sheboygan County announced two more deaths.

County numbers are listed later this in this article.

The state says 274 more people were hospitalized in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of hospitalizations over 14,000. Since the first patient in Madison on February 5, 14,045 people have been hospitalized, or 4.7% of all known coronavirus cases.

Wisconsin is averaging 6,443 new coronavirus cases a day and 36.15% of tests are coming back positive -- both figures are all-time highs.

However, the death rate slipped to 0.85% of all known cases from 0.86%. The 7-day average for deaths went down from 46 to 45 -- the first decline for that metric since October 29.

These were the leading causes of death in Wisconsin in 2018, the latest rankings available from the CDC. We inserted COVID-19′s death toll where it would appear in the rankings:

RankLeading causes of death in Wisconsin (2018)Deaths
1Heart disease12,061
2Cancer11,457
3Accidents3,786
4Chronic lower respiratory diseases2,866
-COVID-192,573
5Stroke2,549
6Alzheimer disease2,453
7Diabetes1,508
8Influenza/pneumonia1,075
9Kidney disease914
10Suicide888

HOSPITAL READINESS

The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reports 2,045 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, with 435 in intensive care. The state’s 134 hospitals have a total 162 vacant ICU beds -- that’s 50 more than the day before -- which is 11% of the state’s ICU beds. Overall, 11.2% of all the state’s hospital beds are open. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all available to patients if hospitals don’t have staffing to support them.

The Fox Valley region has 13 hospitals serving 8 counties. Friday it has 6 vacant ICU beds out of 104, or 5.8%. There are 51 beds open including ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative flow isolation, indicating 94% of all the beds at the Fox Valley region’s hospitals are occupied.

The Northeast region has 10 hospitals serving 7 counties. They only have 9 vacant ICU beds out of 207, or 4.3%. The hospitals have a total 130 beds open, or 13.6% of all the beds, indicating 86.4% of beds are occupied.

Changes in hospitalization figures take hospital discharges and deaths into account.

Across the state, 23 hospitals report less than a week’s supply of gowns and 14 have less than a week’s supply of paper medical masks on-hand.

In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Gov. Tony Evers said he plans to release pandemic relief bills next week but didn’t offer any details what they might contain. It’s unclear whether the bills will get any traction in the Republican-controlled Legislature. The last relief bill was passed more than six months ago, and the GOP and its allies have blocked every initiative Evers has enacted to slow the virus’s spread since they successfully sued to overturn the safer-at-home order last spring.

The governor issued a new safer-at-home executive order Tuesday night. Unlike the order overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, this order doesn’t apply to businesses except in urging the public to stay home as much as possible; avoid unnecessary errands or travel; and utilize drive-thru, curbside pick-up and delivery options as much as possible (read details here).

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

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 821 cases (+36) (6 deaths)
  • Ashland - 476 cases (+18) (5 deaths)
  • Barron – 2,184 cases (+56) (29 deaths) (+1)
  • Bayfield - 487 cases (+20) (3 deaths)
  • Brown – 19,462 cases (+296) (119 deaths) (+1)
  • Buffalo – 538 cases (+31) (3 deaths)
  • Burnett – 500 cases (+27) (7 deaths)
  • Calumet - 3,456 cases (+73) (20 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 3,358 cases (+135) (36 deaths) (+1)
  • Clark – 1,579 cases (+91) (24 deaths) (+1)
  • Columbia – 2,576 cases (+49) (9 deaths)
  • Crawford – 616 cases (+26) (4 deaths)
  • Dane – 21,055 cases (+465) (61 deaths) (+4)
  • Dodge – 6,370 cases (+207) (52 deaths) (+1)
  • Door - 1,333 cases (+45) (10 deaths)
  • Douglas – 1,255 cases (+79) (1 death)
  • Dunn – 1,840 cases (+72) (1 death)
  • Eau Claire – 5,542 cases (+67) (35 deaths) (+1)
  • Florence - 268 cases (+4) (10 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 6,952 cases (+257) (33 deaths) (+2)
  • Forest - 632 cases (+13) (11 deaths)
  • Grant – 2,767 cases (+68) (50 deaths)
  • Green – 1,330 cases (+28) (5 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 1,028 cases (+36) (4 deaths)
  • Iowa - 927 cases (+35) (4 deaths)
  • Iron - 288 cases (+6) (5 deaths)
  • Jackson - 1,116 cases (+89) (2 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 4,024 cases (+77) (29 deaths)
  • Juneau - 1,459 cases (+54) (6 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 7,189 cases (+49) (106 deaths) (+4)
  • Kewaunee - 1,388 cases (+24) (13 deaths) (+1)
  • La Crosse – 6,184 cases (+166) (28 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 836 cases (+12) (2 deaths)
  • Langlade - 1,327 cases (+20) (20 deaths) (+1)
  • Lincoln – 1,455 cases (+63) (14 deaths) (+1)
  • Manitowoc – 3,925 cases (+61) (29 deaths) (+2)
  • Marathon - 7,738 cases (+204) (96 deaths) (+5)
  • Marinette - 2,407 cases (+49) (20 deaths)
  • Marquette - 896 cases (+15) (7 deaths)
  • Menominee - 452 cases (+15) (2 deaths)
  • Milwaukee – 54,226 (+1,097) (641 deaths) (+5)
  • Monroe - 1,799 cases (+47) (9 deaths) (+1)
  • Oconto – 2,718 cases (+52) (20 deaths)
  • Oneida - 1,741 cases (+43) (19 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 11,880 cases (+221) (96 deaths) (+5)
  • Ozaukee - 3,646 cases (+133) (29 deaths)
  • Pepin – 318 cases (+18) (1 death)
  • Pierce – 1,362 cases (+84) (7 deaths)
  • Polk – 1,376 cases (+83) (4 deaths)
  • Portage – 3,867 cases (+129) (30 deaths)
  • Price - 553 cases (+11) (3 deaths)
  • Racine – 11,075 cases (+417) (135 deaths) (+7)
  • Richland - 676 cases (+14) (10 deaths)
  • Rock – 7,257 cases (+143) (58 deaths)
  • Rusk - 524 cases (+25) (5 deaths)
  • Sauk – 2,814 cases (+61) (10 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 598 cases (+23) (5 deaths)
  • Shawano – 3,199 cases (+53) (41 deaths) (+1)
  • Sheboygan - 7,115 cases (+265) (41 deaths)
  • St. Croix – 3,165 cases (+134) (18 deaths) (+2)
  • Taylor - 792 cases (+27) (10 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 1,646 cases (+72) (7 deaths)
  • Vernon - 785 cases (+23) (5 deaths) (+1)
  • Vilas - 919 cases (+21) (9 deaths) (+1)
  • Walworth – 4,674 cases (+152) (42 deaths) (+2)
  • Washburn – 409 cases (+27) (2 deaths)
  • Washington – 6,709 cases (+278) (54 deaths)
  • Waukesha – 18,055 cases (+546) (162 deaths) (+5)
  • Waupaca – 3,226 cases (+58) (64 deaths)
  • Waushara – 1,561 cases (+20) (6 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 11,494 cases (+210) (91 deaths) (+1)
  • Wood – 2,960 cases (+152) (16 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula**

  • Alger - 121 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Baraga - 252 cases (5 deaths) (cases revised -3 by state)
  • Chippewa - 217 cases (+26) (2 deaths) (+2)
  • Delta – 1,761 cases (+57) (46 deaths) (+2)
  • Dickinson - 1,153 cases (+50) (26 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 455 cases (+8) (9 deaths)
  • Houghton – 1,023 cases (+11) (8 deaths)
  • Iron – 560 cases (+6) (25 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 33 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Luce – 105 cases (+17)
  • Mackinac - 168 cases (+4)
  • Marquette - 1,745 cases (+76) (21 deaths) (+1)
  • Menominee - 939 cases (+16) (10 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 209 cases (+6) (5 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft - 141 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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