Wisconsin health officials report low coronavirus case, death numbers for second day
MADISON Wis. (WBAY) – For the second day in a row, Wisconsin state health officials have reported fewer than 2,000 positive coronavirus cases in the state for a single day.
On Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) added 1,078 new positive coronavirus test results. This comes after 1,905 people tested positive on New Year’s Day. Saturday’s confirmed cases bring the state’s cumulative total to 484,085.
The DHS says the number of active cases decreased from 27,644 Friday to 26,577 Saturday. That makes up 5.5% of all known cases. There are 452,502 people (93.5%) 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.
The 1,078 positive test results were out of a total of 5,054, a positivity rate of 21.33%, or roughly 1 in 5 tests being positive.
Despite the two day decrease after Thursday’s report of 3,810 new cases, the seven-day average of new positive tests increased from 2,158 Friday to 2,222 Saturday. However, the 14-day average of positive tests decreased from 2,238 to 2,052. Keep in mind that two-week window includes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported just one new death on Saturday.
Wisconsin recorded 5,054 new negative COVID-19 tests. In total, 2,361,033 tests have come back negative for the virus.
The one new death reported by state health officials Saturday brings Wisconsin’s cumulative death toll to 4,870 deaths related to the virus. The first deaths were reported back in March.
The 7-day average for COVID-19 deaths held steady at 27 from Friday. On Thursday, that figure was at 26. In addition, state health officials say Wisconsin’s death rate remains at 1.01% for a fifth straight day. The rate increased to 1.01% after sitting at 1.0% for six straight days. Before 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 will be listed later in this article. The lone death reported Saturday by the state was in Iron County.
Another 49 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the DHS. That’s down from 50 new hospitalizations reported Friday. To date, 21,449 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 increased to 102.1 Saturday after dipping below 100 on 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. As of Friday, when officials last updated this figure, 170 patients have been treated at the alternate care facility since it opened on October 14. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, there were three people listed as current patients at the facility, ending a six-day streak of no patients.
For hospital readiness, the WHA reports Saturday that 294 ICU beds (20.05%) and 2,402 of all types of medical beds (21.49%) -- ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative flow isolation -- are open in the state’s 134 hospitals. These beds are for all patients, not just COVID-19, and whether a bed can be filled depends on whether the hospital has the necessary medical and support staff.
In the Fox Valley region, 43 ICU beds (20.77%) and 112 of all medical beds (13.13%) were open among the 13 hospitals in those eight counties.
Meanwhile, the WHA stated in the Northeast region, 27 ICU beds (13.04%) and 284 of all medical beds (29.7%) are open among the 10 hospitals in seven counties.
There’s little change from the WHA report for hospitals with less than a 7-day supply of PPE (personal protective equipment): 19 hospitals need gowns, 12 need paper medical masks, 10 need goggles, and 9 need N95 masks.
SATURDAY’S COUNTY CASE NUMBERS (Counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold)*
- Adams – 1,316 cases (+8) (11 deaths)
- Ashland – 1,009 cases (+2) (16 deaths)
- Barron – 4,513 cases (+6) (57 deaths)
- Bayfield - 932 cases (18 deaths)
- Brown – 26,288 cases (162 deaths)
- Buffalo – 986 cases (7 deaths)
- Burnett – 995 cases (19 deaths)
- Calumet – 4,704 cases (+14) (35 deaths)
- Chippewa – 5,923 cases (65 deaths)
- Clark – 2,837 cases (+35) (51 deaths)
- Columbia – 4,247 cases (+23) (32 deaths)
- Crawford – 1,556 cases (+3) (12 deaths)
- Dane – 33,539 cases (183 deaths)
- Dodge – 10,451 cases (+14) (125 deaths)
- Door – 2,041 cases (13 deaths)
- Douglas – 3,104 cases (+14) (17 deaths)
- Dunn – 3,546 cases (23 deaths)
- Eau Claire – 9,295 cases (76 deaths)
- Florence - 398 cases (12 deaths)
- Fond du Lac – 10,494 cases (67 deaths)
- Forest - 857 cases (22 deaths)
- Grant – 4,130 cases (+15) (77 deaths)
- Green – 2,365 cases (+20) (10 deaths)
- Green Lake - 1,397 cases (+6) (10 deaths)
- Iowa - 1,671 cases (7 deaths)
- Iron - 422 cases (+3) (18 deaths) (+1)
- Jackson - 2,399 cases (+23) (18 deaths)
- Jefferson – 6,728 cases (+165) (57 deaths)
- Juneau - 2,488 cases (+1) (10 deaths)
- Kenosha – 12,401 cases (+15) (216 deaths)
- Kewaunee – 2,068 cases (24 deaths)
- La Crosse – 10,160 cases (+2) (56 deaths)
- Lafayette - 1,250 cases (+8) (5 deaths)
- Langlade - 1,800 cases (30 deaths)
- Lincoln – 2,474 cases (46 deaths)
- Manitowoc – 6,101 cases (51 deaths)
- Marathon – 12,013 cases (+1) (160 deaths)
- Marinette - 3,561 cases (+15) (45 deaths)
- Marquette – 1,161 cases (+3) (18 deaths)
- Menominee - 716 cases (10 deaths)
- Milwaukee – 85,527 (+373) (984 deaths)
- Monroe – 3,489 cases (+18) (25 deaths)
- Oconto – 3,773 cases (38 deaths)
- Oneida - 2,815 cases (47 deaths)
- Outagamie – 16,166 cases (+1) (159 deaths)
- Ozaukee - 6,347 cases (51 deaths)
- Pepin – 681 cases (+1) (5 deaths)
- Pierce – 2,948 cases (+4) (30 deaths)
- Polk – 3,044 cases (+3) (23 deaths)
- Portage – 5,594 cases (+14) (51 deaths)
- Price – 943 cases (5 deaths)
- Racine – 17,628 cases (+96) (249 deaths)
- Richland - 1,110 cases (+6) (13 deaths)
- Rock – 12,250 cases (+35) (115 deaths)
- Rusk - 1,111 cases (13 deaths)
- Sauk – 4,511 cases (27 deaths)
- Sawyer - 1,232 cases (11 deaths)
- Shawano – 4,205 cases (+15) (57 deaths)
- Sheboygan – 11,412 cases (+70) (94 deaths)
- St. Croix – 5,455 cases (+12) (27 deaths)
- Taylor - 1,595 cases (14 deaths)
- Trempealeau – 2,988 cases (+1) (29 deaths)
- Vernon – 1,552 cases (+7) (30 deaths)
- Vilas - 1,609 cases (+5) (21 deaths)
- Walworth – 7,653 cases (95 deaths)
- Washburn – 1,041 cases (+2) (12 deaths)
- Washington – 11,748 cases (97 deaths)
- Waukesha – 34,235 cases (+1) (344 deaths)
- Waupaca – 4,162 cases (+23) (98 deaths)
- Waushara – 1,922 cases (+4) (17 deaths)
- Winnebago – 15,294 cases (+78) (150 deaths)
- Wood – 5,706 cases (+13) (48 deaths)
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula** (The State of Michigan last updated county case numbers on Wednesday, December 30th due to the New Year holiday. These numbers reflect county case changes since Wednesday, December 30th.)
- Alger - 190 cases (1 death)
- Baraga - 459 cases (28 deaths)
- Chippewa - 556 cases (12 deaths)
- Delta – 2,474 cases (60 deaths)
- Dickinson - 1,986 cases (54 deaths)
- Gogebic - 708 cases (15 deaths)
- Houghton – 1,582 cases (25 deaths)
- Iron – 769 cases (32 deaths)
- Keweenaw – 67 cases (1 death)
- Luce – 127 cases
- Mackinac - 260 cases (2 deaths)
- Marquette - 3,139 cases (51 deaths)
- Menominee - 1,451 cases (25 deaths)
- Ontonagon – 277 cases (15 deaths)
- Schoolcraft - 210 cases (3 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.
**The state of Michigan does not update numbers on Sundays. Monday’s numbers include updates since Saturday’s reporting deadline.
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.
As of Tuesday, December 29, the state says 47,157 COVID-19 vaccines out of the 156,875 vaccines shipped have been administered. The state started giving out the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 14th, with 40,850 of them being administered so far. Moderna vaccinations started Dec. 22nd, and 6,306 of them have been administered. 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.
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
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever of 100.4 or higher
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- 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
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