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Wisconsin COVID-19 cases, deaths, hospitalizations increase after lows

3 out of 4 people ages 65 and older have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine
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Published: Mar. 30, 2021 at 1:56 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2021 at 3:49 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Three out of four senior adults in Wisconsin have started or finished their vaccinations against COVID-19 symptoms, based on the latest data from the state Department of Health Services, and in one week everyone from teens to seniors will be eligible for a shot -- regardless of their health condition or where they work or live.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers made the surprise announcement Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccines will be available to everyone age 16 and up starting April 5 (see related story). Priority will still be given to people who were eligible in earlier phases, such as front line workers and people with medical issues (16- and 17-year-olds will need a parent’s consent). Earlier, the DHS announced partnerships with seven more pharmacy groups to offer 595 more sites where people can get vaccinated, including independent pharmacies, which often serve less populated areas (see related story).

The governor said Wisconsin leads the nation in getting shipments of vaccinations into people’s arms. Since mid-December, vaccinators have administered 2.7 million COVID-19 vaccines, and more than 1 million Wisconsin residents have completed the vaccination regimen.

Wisconsin vaccinators have administered 2,753,146 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to residents and non-residents, such as people from other states who work in Wisconsin, since vaccinations started 107 days ago. That’s 32,194 more doses than reported Monday.

The state says 1,726,519 Wisconsin residents have had at least one shot of a vaccine, while 1,013,613 are completely vaccinated. That’s 12,471 more completing their vaccinations since Monday, when Wisconsin passed the 1 million milestone. These can include vaccinations over the past couple days as vaccinators’ reports are still coming in to the DHS.

By our calculations, over the past 7 days the state averaged 50,290 “shots in the arm” each day and an average 21,599 people were completely vaccinated with their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Making more younger people eligible for the vaccine could help against virus outbreaks we’ve seen in our area and nationwide blamed on teens and young adults getting together without wearing a face mask over their nose or social distancing. While these age groups are less likely to suffer serious effects of the coronavirus developing into COVID-19, they can be asymptomatic and spread the disease to more vulnerable people.

Percentages that received and completed their vaccinations so far, by age group:

  • 16-17: 4.4% received/0.8% completed
  • 18-24: 15.1% received/6.4% completed
  • 25-34: 22.4% received/11.2% completed
  • 35-44: 28.2% received/13.7% completed
  • 45-54: 29.0% received/13.6% completed
  • 55-64: 36.5% received/14.2% completed
  • 65+: 75.0% received/57.3% completed

Health officials says we can’t led our guard down yet against the coronavirus. Wearing masks -- which have to be over the nose -- maintain 6 feet from anyone who isn’t from your household, even visiting friends and relatives; and wash your hands more frequently or use sanitizer.

The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive has been increasing for the past two-and-a-half weeks. We’ll have more about that metric later in the article.

TUESDAY’S VACCINATION TOTALS IN NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN

County (Population)Received at least 1 dose (% of pop.)Completed (% of pop.)
Brown (264,542) (NE)76,565 (28.9%)46,217 (17.5%)
Calumet (50,089) (FV)13,229 (26.4%)7,840 (15.7%)
Dodge (87,839)20,934 (23.8%)12,738 (14.5%)
Door (27,668) (NE)11,416 (41.3%)6,713 (24.3%)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (FV)27,404 (26.5%)18,179 (17.6%)
Forest (9,004)2,707 (30.19%)2,078 (23.1%)
Florence (4,295) (NE)1,118 (26.0%)890 (20.7%)
Green Lake (18,913) (FV)5,385 (28.5%)3,638 (19.2%)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE)5,240 (25.6%)3,348 (16.2%)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE)23,973 (30.4%)14,151 (17.9%)
Marinette (40,350) (NE)10,352 (25.7%)6,564 (16.3%)
Menominee (4,556) (FV)1,815 (39.8%)1,272 (27.9%)
Oconto (37,930) (NE)10,281 (27.1%)6,472 (17.1%)
Outagamie (187,885) (FV)51,461 (27.4%)30,665 (16.3%)
Shawano (40,899) (FV)10,156 (24.8%)6,067 (14.8%)
Sheboygan (115,340)33,540 (29.1%)17,966 (15.6%)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV)13,258 (26.0%)8,449 (16.6%)
Waushara (24,443) (FV)5,957 (24.4%)4,078 (16.7%)
Winnebago (171,907) (FV)47,972 (27.9%)30,087 (17.5%)
NORTHEAST REGION (NE)138,945 (29.3%)84,355 (17.8%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (FV)149,233 (27.1%)92,096 (16.8%)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434)1,726,519 (29.7%)1,013,613 (17.4%)
  • CLICK HERE to track vaccine data in Wisconsin
  • CLICK HERE for a full list of eligible medical conditions in the next phase that started Monday, March 22
  • CLICK HERE for the First Alert Vaccine Team’s guide to vaccine clinics and vaccinators, including phone numbers and websites to make appointments and information on free rides to appointments.

CASES AND DEATHS

Wisconsin saw coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths jump compared to previous days, following a pattern of these numbers increasing on Tuesday. This is more of a reflection of the workflow of the state receiving data from local health departments and updating the statewide report.

There were 11 deaths -- almost as many as the past 6 days combined. That brought the state’s death toll to 6,612, but the 7-day average remained at 4 deaths per day and the death rate was steady at 1.15% of all known coronavirus cases.

The deaths were reported in 10 counties: Brown, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Iowa, Outagamie, Racine (2), Rock, Walworth, Waukesha and Winnebago.

There were 588 tests positive for the COVID-19 virus -- nearly twice as many as Monday -- out of 3,751 test results the state received. There were 3,163 tests that came back negative. The state’s 7-day average is back up over 500, to 501 cases a day, erasing our gains since March 4.

There were positive tests in 52 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Seventeen of these reported only 1 or 2 new cases. County-by-county case and death totals are listed later in this article.

The state continues seeing a rise in the positivity rate in coronavirus tests. Adding in the results for people who’ve been tested multiple times, the 7-day average positivity has climbed to 2.8% of all tests. It hasn’t been that high since February 18, when this metric was on the decline. It’s been rising since March 11 after it reached a low of 2.0%.

Since February 5, 2020, the state reports:

  • 3,292,030 people have been tested
  • 576,632 confirmed coronavirus cases
  • 27,531 hospitalizations (4.8% of all cases)
  • 6,612 COVID-19 deaths (1.15%)
  • 563,133 recoveries (97.7% of cases)
  • 6,673 cases still active (1.2%)

HOSPITAL READINESS

Hospitalizations increased again. In the past 24 hours, 65 people were admitted for COVID-19, which is more than the past 2 days combined. The 7-day average is 50 new COVID-19 patients per day. The state says 4.8% of all coronavirus cases have resulted in hospitalization.

That resulted in a net increase of 23 patients hospitalized over Monday’s numbers. There are 250 currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients. There are 66 in ICU, which is 8 more in ICU than the day before, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Changes in daily hospitalizations take discharges and deaths into account.

Fox Valley region hospitals are treating 15 patients, with 1 in ICU. Both numbers are down: 1 less patient in ICU and 2 fewer overall.

Northeast hospitals have 27 COVID-19 patients, 4 more than Monday, with 6 in ICU, which is up 3.

For hospital readiness, the WHA reports 265 ICU beds are available statewide, about 70 fewer than Monday. That’s 18.1% of the state’s ICU beds. Counting ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative-flow isolation, there are 2,108 hospital beds open in the state (18.8%). These hospital beds are for all patients, not just COVID-19.

The Fox Valley region’s 13 hospitals have only 6 ICU beds available among them (5.8%) and 101 of all hospital bed types (11.8%) available among them.

The Northeast region’s 10 hospitals have 27 ICU beds (13.0%) and 212 of all bed types (22.2%) available.

Although we use terms like “open” and “available,” a hospital can only put a patient in a bed if it has the staff to care for them, including doctors, nurses and food services.

TUESDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH UPDATES (counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold) *

Wisconsin

  • Adams – 1,623 cases (cases revised -1 by state) (10 deaths)
  • Ashland – 1,198 cases (16 deaths)
  • Barron – 5,517 cases (+1) (76 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 1,079 cases (19 deaths)
  • Brown – 30,664 cases (+49) (232 deaths) (+1)
  • Buffalo – 1,326 cases (+1) (7 deaths)
  • Burnett – 1,230 cases (+3) (22 deaths)
  • Calumet – 5,596 (+3) (46 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 7,177 cases (+7) (93 deaths)
  • Clark – 3,167 cases (+1) (58 deaths)
  • Columbia – 5,172 cases (+2) (56 deaths)
  • Crawford – 1,677 cases (17 deaths)
  • Dane – 42,037 (+35) (288 deaths)
  • Dodge – 11,556 cases (+5) (158 deaths)
  • Door – 2,514 cases (+2) (21 deaths)
  • Douglas – 3,750 cases (+6) (30 deaths) (+1)
  • Dunn – 4,383 cases (+9) (30 deaths)
  • Eau Claire – 11,227 cases (+6) (105 deaths)
  • Florence - 430 cases (12 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 12,073 cases (+7) (104 deaths) (+1)
  • Forest - 937 cases (+2) (23 deaths)
  • Grant – 4,728 cases (+2) (83 deaths)
  • Green – 3,353 cases (+6) (16 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 1,536 cases (18 deaths)
  • Iowa - 1,950 cases (+1) (11 deaths) (+1)
  • Iron - 567 cases (+2) (21 deaths)
  • Jackson - 2,578 cases (cases revised -2 by state) (26 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 8,036 cases (+5) (105 deaths)
  • Juneau - 3,038 cases (cases revised -1 by state) (21 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 14,969 cases (+21) (303 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 2,306 cases (cases revised -11 by state) (24 deaths)
  • La Crosse – 12,406 cases (+12) (80 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 1,497 cases (+4) (6 deaths)
  • Langlade - 1,942 cases (32 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 2,944 cases (+3) (58 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 7,356 cases (+9) (68 deaths)
  • Marathon – 13,872 cases (+7) (184 deaths)
  • Marinette - 4,000 cases (+1) (65 deaths)
  • Marquette – 1,328 cases (+3) (21 deaths)
  • Menominee - 789 cases (cases revised -1 by state) (11 deaths)
  • Milwaukee – 100,606 (+108) (1,258 deaths)
  • Monroe – 4,377 cases (34 deaths)
  • Oconto – 4,314 cases (cases revised -1 by state) (49 deaths)
  • Oneida - 3,498 cases (+1) (69 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 19,856 cases (+22) (198 deaths) (+1)
  • Ozaukee – 7,848 cases (+8) (81 deaths)
  • Pepin – 816 cases (7 deaths)
  • Pierce – 3,617 cases (+7) (35 deaths)
  • Polk – 4,027 cases (+8) (44 deaths)
  • Portage – 6,539 cases (+1) (66 deaths)
  • Price – 1,174 cases (7 deaths)
  • Racine – 20,660 cases (+15) (337 deaths) (+2)
  • Richland - 1,272 cases (cases revised -2 by state) (15 deaths)
  • Rock – 14,763 cases (+16) (164 deaths) (+1)
  • Rusk - 1,273 cases (16 deaths)
  • Sauk – 5,475 cases (+4) (44 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 1,567 cases (+2) (23 deaths) (+1)
  • Shawano – 4,606 cases (+2) (69 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 13,243 cases (+7) (133 deaths)
  • St. Croix – 6,757 cases (+21) (47 deaths)
  • Taylor - 1,805 cases (+1) (23 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 3,458 cases (+7) (38 deaths)
  • Vernon – 1,875 cases (+1) (38 deaths)
  • Vilas - 2,193 cases (+5) (39 deaths)
  • Walworth – 9,031 cases (+21) (135 deaths) (+1)
  • Washburn – 1,350 cases (18 deaths)
  • Washington – 14,058 cases (+13) (139 deaths)
  • Waukesha – 41,975 cases (+120) (499 deaths) (+1)
  • Waupaca – 4,756 cases (cases revised -6 by state) (116 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,111 cases (cases revised -1 by state) (31 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 17,458 cases (+8) (187 deaths) (+1)
  • Wood – 6,746 cases (+1) (77 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (includes Saturday-Monday changes) **

  • Alger - 286 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Baraga - 518 cases (+1) (33 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 849 cases (+9) (25 deaths)
  • Delta – 2,777 cases (+7) (67 deaths)
  • Dickinson - 2,185 cases (+6) (55 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 966 cases (+1) (21 deaths)
  • Houghton – 2,268 cases (+5) (31 deaths)
  • Iron – 878 cases (+1) (42 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 124 cases (cases revised -1 by state) (1 death)
  • Luce – 138 cases
  • Mackinac - 316 cases (3 deaths)
  • Marquette - 3,604 cases (+10) (55 deaths)
  • Menominee - 1,650 cases (39 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 375 cases (20 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft - 247 cases (+2) (4 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 state of Michigan does not update numbers on Sundays. Monday’s numbers include updates since Saturday’s reporting deadline.

CDC GUIDANCE ON GATHERINGS

The Centers for Disease Control have announced that fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing.

The CDC’s recommendations also say vaccinated people can come together in the same way – in a single household -- with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren.

The CDC is continuing to recommend that fully vaccinated people still wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public. The CDC also advised vaccinated people to get tested if they develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.

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.

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

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