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Wisconsin COVID-19 positives, deaths down significantly on New Year’s holiday

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Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 2:06 PM CST
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MADISON Wis. (WBAY) – COVID-19 deaths and positive cases are down as people mark the New Year’s holiday.

Wisconsin added just 1,905 new positive COVID-19 tests on New Year’s Day, bringing the statewide total to 483,007 people who have been infected with the virus.

That’s significantly lower than the 3,810 positive tests that came back Thursday, and the seven-day average of 2,158 positive tests. The 14-day average of positive tests is 2,238.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 10 additional deaths Thursday.

Wisconsin recorded 6,388 new negative COVID-19 tests. In total, 2,357,057 tests have come back negative for the virus.

DHS says 8,293 tests came back in 24 hours.

Deaths

The 10 deaths reported by state health officials Friday brings Wisconsin’s cumulative death toll to 4,869 deaths related to the virus. The first deaths were reported back in March.

The 7-day average for COVID-19 deaths increased to 27 Friday from Thursday’s 26.

For the fourth straight day, state health officials say Wisconsin’s death rate is at 1.01%. The rate increased to 1.01% after sitting at 1.0% for six straight days. Before last Thursday (Christmas Eve), the death rate had been below 1.0% since October 9.

Case and death numbers for Wisconsin counties listed by the Wisconsin DHS are listed later in this article.

The DHS says the number of active cases is up down from 28,607 to 27,644, which is 5.7% of all known cases. There are 450,358 people (93.3%) who are considered recovered. A person is considered recovered if it’s been 30 days since their diagnosis or onset of symptoms or were medically cleared, though some may feel lingering effects from their infection.

Hospitalizations

Another 50 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the DHS. That’s down from 143 new hospitalizations reported Thursday. To date, 21,400 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment since February 5, which is 4.4% of all coronavirus cases. The seven-day average for hospitalizations ticked below 100 Friday at 99.6.

The alternate care facility at the state fairgrounds helps relieve the strain on state hospitals by treating patients who are close to being discharged but still need some care, such as oxygen. State health officials say they’ve treated 170 patients since it opened on October 14. As of 11 a.m. Friday, there were no current patients at the facility. That marks the sixth straight day of no patients being at the alternate facility.

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

Wisconsin

  • Adams – 1,308 cases (+2) (11 deaths)
  • Ashland – 1,007 cases (+2) (16 deaths)
  • Barron – 4,507 cases (+35) (57 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 932 cases (18 deaths)
  • Brown – 26,288 cases (-2; State adjusted from 26,290 Thursday) (162 deaths)(+1)
  • Buffalo – 986 cases (+7) (7 deaths)
  • Burnett – 995 cases (+2) (19 deaths)
  • Calumet – 4,690 cases (+21) (35 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 5,923 cases (+21) (65 deaths)
  • Clark – 2,802 cases (+7) (51 deaths)
  • Columbia – 4,224 cases (+19) (32 deaths)
  • Crawford – 1,553 cases (+3) (12 deaths)
  • Dane – 33,539 cases (+226) (183 deaths)(+1)
  • Dodge – 10,437 cases (+50) (125 deaths) (+3)
  • Door – 2,041 cases (+8) (13 deaths)
  • Douglas – 3,093 cases (+9) (17 deaths)
  • Dunn – 3,546 cases (+32) (23 deaths)
  • Eau Claire – 9,295 cases (+36) (76 deaths)
  • Florence - 398 cases (+1) (12 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 10,494 cases (+61) (67 deaths)
  • Forest - 857 cases (+4) (22 deaths)
  • Grant – 4,115 cases (+19) (77 deaths)
  • Green – 2,345 cases (+12) (10 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 1,391 cases (+2) (10 deaths)
  • Iowa - 1,671 cases (+1) (7 deaths)
  • Iron - 419 cases (17 deaths)
  • Jackson - 2,376 cases (+11) (18 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 6,563 cases (+12) (57 deaths)
  • Juneau - 2,487 cases (+30) (10 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 12,386 cases (+74) (216 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 2,068 cases (24 deaths)
  • La Crosse – 10,158 cases (-57; State adjusted from 10,215 on Thursday) (56 deaths) (State adjusted from 57 on Thursday)
  • Lafayette - 1,242 cases (-1; State adjusted from 1,243 on Thursday) (5 deaths)
  • Langlade - 1,800 cases (+5) (30 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 2,474 cases (+10) (46 deaths)(+1)
  • Manitowoc – 6,101 cases (+25) (51 deaths)
  • Marathon – 12,012 cases (+62) (160 deaths)
  • Marinette - 3,546 cases (+3) (45 deaths)
  • Marquette – 1,158 cases (+5) (18 deaths)
  • Menominee - 716 cases (10 deaths)
  • Milwaukee – 85,154 (+443) (984 deaths) (+1)
  • Monroe – 3,471 cases (+18) (25 deaths)
  • Oconto – 3,773 cases (+5) (38 deaths)
  • Oneida - 2,815 cases (+24) (47 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 16,165 cases (+22) (159 deaths)(+1)
  • Ozaukee - 6,347 cases (+13) (51 deaths)
  • Pepin – 680 cases (+6) (5 deaths)
  • Pierce – 2,944 cases (+24) (30 deaths)
  • Polk – 3,041 cases (+37) (23 deaths)
  • Portage – 5,580 cases (+37) (51 deaths)
  • Price – 943 cases (5 deaths)
  • Racine – 17,532 cases (+21) (249 deaths)
  • Richland - 1,104 cases (+8) (13 deaths)
  • Rock – 12,215 cases (+86) (115 deaths)
  • Rusk - 1,111 cases (+5) (13 deaths)
  • Sauk – 4,511 cases (+15) (27 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 1,232 cases (+14) (11 deaths)
  • Shawano – 4,190 cases (+2) (57 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 11,342 cases (+26) (94 deaths)(+1)
  • St. Croix – 5,443 cases (+24) (27 deaths)
  • Taylor - 1,595 cases (+3) (14 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 2,987 cases (+22) (29 deaths)
  • Vernon – 1,545 cases (+7) (30 deaths)
  • Vilas - 1,604 cases (+2) (21 deaths)
  • Walworth – 7,653 cases (+1) (95 deaths) (+1)
  • Washburn – 1,039 cases (+8) (12 deaths)
  • Washington – 11,748 cases (+38) (97 deaths)
  • Waukesha – 34,234 cases (344 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 4,139 cases (+7) (98 deaths)
  • Waushara – 1,918 cases (+4) (17 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 15,216 cases (+97) (150 deaths)(+1)
  • Wood – 5,693 cases (+26) (48 deaths)

* Cases and deaths are from the daily DHS COVID-19 reports, which may differ from local health department numbers. 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. They 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.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula** (The State of Michigan says Wednesday’s county case numbers will be the final county update for the year. State health officials there will be no daily case updates for each county on its website on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day due to the holiday. The state will again provide county case updates on January 2nd.)

COVID-19 Tracing App

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 tracing app, “Wisconsin Exposure Notification,” is available for iOS and Android smartphones. No download is required for iPhones. The Android app is available on Google Play. When two phones with the app (and presumably their owners) are close enough, for long enough, they’ll anonymously share a random string of numbers via Bluetooth. If someone tests positive for the coronavirus, they’ll receive a code to type into the app. If your phones “pinged” each other in the last 14 days, you’ll receive a push notification that you are at risk of exposure. The app doesn’t collect personal information or location information, so you won’t know from whom or where, but you will be told what day the exposure might have occurred so that you can quarantine for the appropriate amount of time.

COVID-19 Home Testing

Gov. Tony Evers announced at-home COVID-19 testing kits will be made available -- for free -- to anyone who wants them. A person can test themselves or family members, even if they don’t have symptoms, then send it to a lab for testing. The Vault Medical Services kit is the first saliva test to get emergency-use authorization from the FDA and normally costs $119. CLICK HERE for details and a link to request a test kit.

COVID-19 Vaccine

As of Monday, December 28, the state has administered 47,157 COVID-19 vaccines. The state started giving out the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 14. Moderna vaccinations started Dec. 22. In addition, 29,000 doses will be allocated to vaccinating residents and staff members at long-term care facilities. The state is updating vaccine information at dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine.htm.

RELATED: Wisconsin starts vaccinating residents, staff in long-term care facilities with help of CVS Health

Wisconsin has also launched a COVID-19 vaccine data page that tracks the number of shots given out and shipped to the state. TRACK STATEWIDE VACCINE DATA HERE: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-data.htm

RELATED: Wisconsin launches COVID vaccine data page

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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