COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Average falls below 2,000 cases per day

The state confirmed fewer than 1,000 cases in the past day. Hospitalizations are the lowest since August.
COVID-19 in Wisconsin
COVID-19 in Wisconsin(test)
Published: Feb. 14, 2022 at 2:26 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 14, 2022 at 4:15 PM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – COVID-19′s downward trend in Wisconsin continued through the weekend. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports the state confirmed just 739 new cases confirmed in the past 24-hour period. This is the first time since Christmas Day the state confirmed fewer than 1,000 cases in a single day, and the first time since October 30 that it happened on a day other than a holiday.

The DHS says the state is averaging 1,941 cases per day (1,941). It’s the first time this metric was below 2,000 since November 2, according to the DHS website. Tests confirmed a net 3,877 cases since Friday’s state COVID-19 report. That includes 743 cases in WBAY’s viewing area over the past 3 days. Brown County passed 69,000 cases since the start of the pandemic. Sheboygan County reached 29,000 cases.

For the first time since early November, the positivity rate fell below 10%, with 9.8% of all test results in the last week positive for the COVID-19 virus. A month ago, 27.8% of tests confirmed the virus.

The DHS received a total 47 reports of COVID-19 deaths since Friday. The DHS says the state is averaging 18 deaths per day from the disease caused by the coronavirus. That rolling average is up slightly from 17 on Friday. Outagamie County reached 300 COVID-19 deaths. Its death toll increased by 1. Dodge, Fond du Lac, and Marinette each reported a death to the state since Friday. Shawano and Waupaca counties each reported two. County case and death totals are listed at the end of the article.

We pointed out last Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients was on pace to fall below 1,000 for the first time since November 8, but the numbers are even more significant than that.

Monday, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reported 884 people in hospitals are receiving COVID-19 treatment, which is 168 fewer than Friday. Of these, 171 patients are in intensive care, 33 fewer than Friday. That’s the fewest COVID-19 patients in intensive care in six months, since August 12, and the fewest COVID-19 patients in hospitals at one time since about August 27.

The WHA reports 112 of these patients are in Northeast health care region hospitals, with 25 in ICU; that’s 2 fewer in ICU and 20 fewer in hospitals. Fox Valley hospitals have 56 patients, 10 in ICU; that’s also 2 fewer in ICU and 20 fewer in hospitals since Friday.

The total number of hospitalizations in the pandemic was revised, falling from 57,825 on Friday to 57,653. No explanation was given for the change, but the DHS if frequently revisiting and confirming data. We most often see this in county case and death counts if a person was added to a tally more than once.

Vaccinations

The DHS said it was dealing with technical issues with the vaccination data last week. It published numbers Monday afternoon, which is the first update since February 9.

Data show a total 9,215,401 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the past 14 months. Of these, 1,885,044 were booster shots. These went into the arms of Wisconsin residents and out-of-state residents, such as people who work here or live close to a Wisconsin clinic.

The DHS says 3.5 million Wisconsinites (3,499,856) received a full regimen of COVID-19 vaccine -- either two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. That’s 63.6% of the population, out of 67.5% that’s received at least one shot.

Vaccinations by Age Group (changes since the last report reflect 5 days’ worth of data)

  • 5 to 11: 25.9% received vaccine (+0.2)/21.8% completed vaccinations (+0.7)
  • 12 to 17: 60.3% received vaccine (+0.6)/56.0% completed vaccinations (+0.6)
  • 18 to 24: 59.2% received vaccine (+0.4)/53.3% completed vaccinations (+0.5)
  • 25 to 34: 63.3% received vaccine (+0.3)/58.4% completed vaccinations (+0.4)
  • 35 to 44: 68.7% received vaccine (+0.3)/64.9% completed vaccinations (+0.4)
  • 45 to 54: 71.2% received vaccine (+0.2)/68.1% completed vaccinations (+0.4)
  • 55 to 64: 77.8% received vaccine (+0.1)/75.0% completed vaccinations (+0.3)
  • 65 and up: 85.7% received vaccine (+0.0)/82.4% completed vaccinations (+0.2)

Vaccinations by County Population (changes since the last report reflect 5 days’ worth of data)

With the adjustments to data since last Wednesday, Door and Menominee counties now have more than 80% of residents with at least one dose of vaccine (in Menominee County it’s nearing 90%), Green Lake passed 60% of its population getting a vaccine, and Shawano County passed the 50% mark. This leaves Waushara County as the only county in WBAY’s viewing area with less than half of the population getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

In Door County, more than 3 in 4 residents are fully vaccinated. Manitowoc and Winnebago counties passed 60%. Forest and Kewaunee counties passed 50%. Shawano and Waushara are the only counties that don’t have half of their population fully vaccinated against the disease.

A study preview published by the CDC awaiting publication in the EID Journal found vaccination rates of 69% to 82% seemed insufficient to provide herd immunity from COVID-19. The study was conducted before the omicron surge which showed people who already had COVID-19 could be reinfected.

County (Population)
(Health region)
% of population
with at least 1 dose
% of population
completed series
Brown (264,542) (NE)69.3% (+4.5)65.9% (+4.3)
Calumet (50,089) (FV)59.6% (+3.2)57.0% (+3.2)
Dodge (87,839)54.7% (+2.8)51.9% (+2.6)
Door (27,668) (NE)81.5% (+3.3)76.8% (+3.2)
Florence (4,295) (NE)53.9% (+1.9)51.3% (+1.8)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (SE)58.5% (+3.3)55.3% (+3.2)
Forest (9,004)55.5% (+3.2)52.4% (+3.2)
Green Lake (18,913) (FV)60.5% (+3.5)57.4% (+3.5)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE)55.2% (+3.0)53.2% (+2.9)
Langlade (19,189)56.5% (+2.9)54.0% (+2.9)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE)63.4% (+3.4)60.6% (+3.4)
Marinette (40,350) (NE)55.7% (+2.8)52.9% (+2.8)
Menominee (4,556) (FV)87.8% (+8.0)83.1% (+7.7)
Oconto (37,930) (NE)55.5% (+3.0)53.3% (+3.0)
Outagamie (187,885) (FV)67.9% (+4.3)64.6% (+4.2)
Shawano (40,899) (FV)50.2% (+2.9)48.0% (+2.7)
Sheboygan (115,340) (SE)66.0% (+3.9)62.8% (+3.7)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV)58.3% (+3.2)55.7% (+3.1)
Waushara (24,443) (FV)47.8% (+2.2)45.5% (+2.1)
Winnebago (171,907) (FV)65.4% (+3.7)61.9% (+3.6)
NORTHEAST REGION (474,200) (NE)295,886 (66.0%, +3.8)281,922 (62.9%, +3.8)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,682) (FV)327,880 (63.1%, +3.7)311,662 (60.0%, +3.6)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434)3,715,935 (67.5%, +4.0)3,499,856 (63.6%, +3.9)

To find free COVID-19 vaccination sites near you, text your ZIP Code to 438829. Visit wbay.com/vaccine for a list of health care organizations offering vaccine shots.

MONDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS* (boldface indicates change in cases or deaths since the last report) **

  • Brown – 69,130 cases (+159) (364 deaths)
  • Calumet – 11,344 cases (+21) (91 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.)* - 4,928 cases (+28) (82 deaths)
  • Dodge – 23,988 cases (+59) (259 deaths) (+1)
  • Door – 6,506 cases (+15) (48 deaths)
  • Florence - 794 cases (+3) (15 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 28,918 cases (+63) (206 deaths) (+1)
  • Forest - 2,398 cases (+4) (43 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.)* - 2,678 cases (+14) (36 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 4,103 cases (+16) (50 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.)* – 2,263 cases (+8) (68 deaths) (+2)
  • Kewaunee – 4,526 cases (+15) (38 deaths)
  • Langlade - 4,822 cases (+10) (60 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 17,060 cases (+47) (148 deaths)
  • Marinette - 9,513 cases (+35) (90 deaths) (+1)
  • Menominee (Mich.)* - 3,797 cases (+22) (59 deaths)
  • Menominee – 1,811 (+2) (13 deaths)
  • Oconto – 9,221 cases (+15) (82 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 41,637 cases (+104) (300 deaths) (+1)
  • Shawano – 9,615 cases (+23) (110 deaths) (+2)
  • Sheboygan – 29,000 cases (+80) (237 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 11,119 cases (+26) (185 deaths) (+2)
  • Waushara – 4,902 cases (+14) (63 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 43,007 (+32) (308 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 publishes updates Mondays through Fridays. 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.

Copyright 2021 WBAY. All rights reserved.