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COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Cases down, deaths up

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 2:30 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 5:05 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) show new coronavirus cases trending down but deaths are up. Current hospitalizations fell below 1,000 for the first time in over six weeks.

There were 2,016 positive tests in the latest results. The 7-day average slipped again, from 1,869 to 1,817 new cases per day. Shawano County passed 6,000 cases. The state says an average of 7.4% of all coronavirus tests came back positive over the past 7-day period.

Here’s how cases compare in our neighboring states:

  • Illinois: 2,162 cases per day (7-day average calculated Oct. 22)
  • Iowa: 953 cases per day (7-day average updated Oct. 21)
  • Michigan: 3,752 cases per day (2-day average reported Oct. 22)
  • Minnesota: 2,150 cases (reported Oct. 22; 7-day average not available)

Wisconsin’s death toll jumped by 30 to 8,342 on Friday. The state says only 13 of these happened in the past 30 days, which are the only ones counted in the 7-day average. That average rose from 11 to 12 deaths per day. Brown County reported 2 deaths. Marinette and Outagamie counties each reported 1. The death count was revised in Fond du Lac County. County-by-county case and death totals in WBAY’s viewing area are listed at the end of this article.

DHS numbers show 135 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past 24-hour period. That’s on par with our calculated 7-day average of 132 hospitalizations per day.

When you take discharges and deaths into account, there are 39 fewer patients in hospitals than Thursday. According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association, there are currently 972 hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment, including 310 in intensive care -- that’s 2 more in ICU than Thursday. It’s the first time Wisconsin hospitals had fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals since early September. There were 978 patients in hospitals on Friday, Sept. 3 (patient numbers were not reported over the Labor Day weekend).

The Northeast health care region has 156 COVID-19 patients, with 38 in ICU -- 6 fewer in ICU, and 6 fewer overall -- with 3 ICU beds immediately available among the 10 hospitals for all patients with critical care needs.

Fox Valley hospitals have 84 of the patients, including 22 in ICU. That’s 1 fewer patient, but the number in ICU is unchanged. One hospital reported it has one ICU bed immediately available, while 12 of the 13 hospitals reported no ICU beds available.

New vaccination numbers were released later Friday afternoon. The DHS blamed technical difficulties for the delay.

The DHS reports 57.6% of Wisconsin’s population received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (3,351998 people), and almost 55% of the state’s population (54.9%) has finished their vaccination series (3,194,107 people). As we reported yesterday, that works out to 2 out of 3 eligible Wisconsinites, those 12 and older, getting a vaccine.

The DHS says 35% of the Black population has now received at least one shot, including 47.5% of Black adults. They still lag behind other racial and ethnic groups: 55.8% of Asian, 50.4% of white (Hispanic and non-Hispanic), and 41.7% of American Indian populations have started or finished the vaccine regimen.

Wisconsinites getting COVID-19 vaccine, by age group (Friday) (and change since last report)

  • 12-15: 47.8% received vaccine (+0.0)/44.2% fully vaccinated (+0.1)
  • 16-17: 52.7% received vaccine (+0.1)/49.4% fully vaccinated (+0.0)
  • 18-24: 52.8% received vaccine (+0.1)/48.5% fully vaccinated (+0.0)
  • 25-34: 57.3% received vaccine (+0.0)/53.4% fully vaccinated (+0.1)
  • 35-44: 64.7% received vaccine (+0.0)/61.2% fully vaccinated (+0.0)
  • 45-54: 65.7% received vaccine (+0.0)/62.8% fully vaccinated (+0.1)
  • 55-64: 74.2% received vaccine (+0.0)/71.7% fully vaccinated (+0.0)
  • 65 and up: 86.2% received vaccine (+0.0)/83.9% fully vaccinated (+0.0)

VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY POPULATION (FRIDAY)

County (Population) (Health region)% of population (change from previous report)Completed % of population (change from previous report)
Brown (264,542) (NE)58.4% (+0.0)56.1% (+0.1)
Calumet (50,089) (FV)52.0% (+0.1)49.9% (+0.1)
Dodge (87,839)47.2% (+0.0)45.1% (+0.1)
Door (27,668) (NE)72.8% (+0.1)69.6% (+0.0)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (SE)50.5% (+0.1)48.2% (+0.1)
Forest (9,004)47.9% (+0.2)45.7% (+0.1)
Florence (4,295) (NE)47.8% (+0.0)46.0% (+0.0)
Green Lake (18,913) (FV)52.0% (+0.0)49.7% (+0.0)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE)47.5% (+0.0)46.0% (+0.1)
Langlade (19,189)49.4% (+0.0)47.2% (+0.1)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE)54.8% (+0.1)52.7% (+0.1)
Marinette (40,350) (NE)48.5% (+0.1)46.1% (+0.0)
Menominee (4,556) (FV)69.7% (+0.1)67.1% (+0.2)
Oconto (37,930) (NE)48.9% (+0.0)47.0% (+0.0)
Outagamie (187,885) (FV)57.9% (+0.0)55.5% (+0.1)
Shawano (40,899) (FV)43.5% (+0.0)41.6% (+0.0)
Sheboygan (115,340) (SE)56.1% (+0.1)53.8% (+0.1)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV)50.7% (+0.0)48.4% (+0.1)
Waushara (24,443) (FV)41.8% (+0.0)39.7% (+0.0)
Winnebago (171,907) (FV)55.9% (+0.0)53.4% (+0.0)
NORTHEAST REGION (474,200) (NE)267,735 (56.5%) (+0.1)257,043 (54.2%) (+0.0)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,682) (FV)297,888 (54.2%) (+0.0)284,966 (51.8%) (+0.0)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434)3,351,998 (57.6%) (+0.1)3,194,107 (54.9%) (+0.1)

COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

The De Pere Health Dept. is holding a drive-through vaccination clinic tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 A.M. to 2:10 P.M. at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 347 Libal St. The clinic is by appointment only. You can get the Pfizer vaccine (2nd dose Nov. 13 at St. Anne’s) or one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are free. Flu shots are also available, free for 6 months through 18 years old, or $20 for adults 19 and older.

The Oshkosh Farmers Market is hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics on the next two Saturdays in October: Oct. 23 and Oct. 30. All of the clinics will be held at the Time Community Theater, 445 N. Main St., from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. The Winnebago County Health Department will have vaccine available for everyone age 12 and up. The vaccine is free.

The community vaccination clinic inside Fox River Mall in Grand Chute is open from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. on select dates through December 15. The list of dates will be updated on the Outagamie County website. No appointment is necessary for this walk-in clinic, which is located near the food court and Scheel’s. There’s no cost and no ID required.

COVID-19 TESTING SITES

The City of Appleton is expanding its testing and vaccination clinics at the old Best Buy building, 2411 S. Kensington Dr. Starting today, the site will offer walk-in testing Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Walk-in vaccination clinics are on Thursdays from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Fridays from 7 A.M. to 12 P.M. Pre-registration isn’t required, but it’s encouraged to speed up the process.

Walk-in or drive-through COVID-19 testing is available at Sunnyview Expo Center weekdays from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., with the Wisconsin National Guard handling the testing. Registration is encouraged at www.winnebagopublichealth.org. Testing is recommended (and free) for anyone as young as 1 year old who’s been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, which can include fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle ache, or sudden loss of taste or smell. Results are usually back within 48 hours.

FRIDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS (increases in cases or deaths since the last report are in bold) **

  • Brown – 39,730 cases (+126) (267 deaths) (+2)
  • Calumet – 7,046 cases (+20) (53 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.)* - 3,035 cases (+17) (64 deaths)
  • Dodge – 14,626 cases (+39) (198 deaths)
  • Door – 3,481 cases (+18) (32 deaths)
  • Florence - 525 cases (+1) (14 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 16,478 cases (+69) (145 deaths) (deaths revised -1 by state)
  • Forest - 1,406 cases (+12) (27 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.)* - 1,394 cases (+7) (24 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 2,422 cases (+6) (26 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.)* – 1,291 cases (+7) (46 deaths) (+1)
  • Kewaunee – 2,940 cases (+9) (30 deaths)
  • Langlade - 2,932 cases (+15) (38 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 9,697 cases (+43) (84 deaths)
  • Marinette - 5,660 cases (+33) (70 deaths) (+1)
  • Menominee (Mich.)* - 2,531 cases (+22) (46 deaths) (+1)
  • Menominee – 939 cases (11 deaths)
  • Oconto – 5,934 cases (+15) (65 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 25,148 cases (+71) (242 deaths) (+1)
  • Shawano – 6,007 cases (+15) (77 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 16,630 cases (+69) (167 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 6,655 cases (+38) (139 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,990 cases (+15) (45 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 22,977 cases (+63) (231 deaths)

* You can find cases and deaths for all 72 Wisconsin counties on the DHS County Data website. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Hospital Association do not publish updates on weekends. Michigan Department of Health updates information on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

** Cases and deaths are from state COVID-19 reports, which may differ from local health department numbers. The Wisconsin 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.

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