COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Fewer than 1,000 new cases identified

COVID-19 in Wisconsin
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Published: May. 31, 2022 at 2:58 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases were identified in the latest tests for the first time since early May. This may be due to the Memorial Day holiday limiting COVID-19 testing, but in the month of May Wisconsin had at least three other days below 1,000 cases plus two days below 1,100. There were 973 confirmed cases, bringing the 7-day average down to 1,747 per day from 1,864 the day before.

Twelve counties in WBAY’s wider viewing area (13) had new cases in the single digits. Five saw double-digit increases from Monday, and three -- Florence, Forest and Menominee counties -- didn’t report any new cases.

According to the DHS, Brown County has the 5th highest 7-day average of new cases in the state, with 61.4 cases per day. Milwaukee and Dane counties lead the state with 323.6 and 323 new cases daily, respectively. We report the county case totals at the end of this article.

RankCounty7-day average
new cases
5Brown61.4
11Winnebago36.1
13Outagamie30.3
14Sheboygan27.7
18Fond du Lac22.6
23Dodge18.6
24Manitowoc16.7
24Waupaca11
38 (tie)Door7.6
38 (tie)Marinette7.6
42 (tie)Calumet6.6
42 (tie)Shawano6.6
46Langlade5.9
48Oconto5
51Waushara3.9
57Kewaunee3.4
60Green Lake3.1
62Forest2.9
70Menominee0.9
71Florence0.6

The DHS says the positivity rate was steady at 13.0% of all tests in the last 7 days positive for the coronavirus.

No COVID-19 deaths were reported to the DHS in the last 24-hour period. Wisconsin’s death toll remained at 13,001 as we reported Monday, taking about 3 months to reach that milestone figure, whereas Wisconsin added about 3,000 deaths in the previous 3 months.

DeathsDateDays between
13,001May 30, 202289
12,012March 2, 202230
11,062January 28, 202230
10,014December 29, 202129
9,019November 30, 202160
8,009October 1, 2021128
7,003May 26, 2021110
6,020February 5, 202130
5,039January 6, 202125
4,041December 12, 202021
3,005November 21, 202021
2,031October 31, 202081
1,006August 11, 2020145
2March 19, 2020

The DHS says Wisconsin still averaged 4 deaths per day over the last 7 days. We could see a drop tomorrow when the 10 death reports submitted last Wednesday are no longer counted in the 7-day average -- as long as tomorrow’s numbers stay low, of course. Monday, Wisconsin’s death rate fell from 0.89% to 0.88% of all known COVID-19 cases; it has never been lower than 0.84%.

Twenty-three people with COVID-19 were hospitalized for treatment in the last 24-hour period. That’s significantly below our calculated 7-day average, which slips to 32 hospitalizations per day. Wisconsin’s hospitalization rate also fell Monday from 4.16% to 4.15% of all cases resulting in filling a hospital bed.

Tuesday, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) found 376 COVID-19 patients in the state’s hospitals, including 51 in ICU. That’s 3 more patients in ICU and 3 more people overall since Monday.

Northeast health care region hospitals are treating 28 patients, the same as Monday, with 2 in ICU, which is one fewer than a day earlier. Fox Valley hospitals had 16 patients, 2 in ICU -- the same number of patients as Monday but 1 fewer in ICU.

Tuesday’s vaccination data were not available. The DHS said it was working through technical difficulties.

Monday’s Vaccinations by Age Group

  • 5 to 11: 28.0% (+0.1) received vaccine/25.1% completed vaccinations/0.0% received booster
  • 12 to 17: 61.9% received vaccine/58.4% completed vaccinations/20.0% (+0.1) received booster
  • 18 to 24: 60.6% received vaccine/55.0% completed vaccinations/19.7% received booster
  • 25 to 34: 64.5% (-0.1) received vaccine/59.9% completed vaccinations/25.7% received booster
  • 35 to 44: 69.4% received vaccine/66.0% completed vaccinations/33.3% received booster
  • 45 to 54: 71.8% received vaccine/69.0% completed vaccinations/38.3% received booster
  • 55 to 64: 78.2% received vaccine/75.7% completed vaccinations/49.6% received booster
  • 65 and up: 85.3% (-0.1) received vaccine/82.6% (-0.1) completed vaccinations/68.0% received booster

Monday’s Vaccinations by County Population

County (Population)
(Health region)
% of population
with at least 1 dose
% of population
completed series
Brown (264,610) (NE)65.9%63.3%
Calumet (50,209) (FV)57.0%54.9%
Dodge (87,336)52.7%50.6%
Door (27,889) (NE)78.9%75.1%
Florence (4,298) (NE)53.1%50.6%
Fond du Lac (102,902) (SE)56.0%53.5%
Forest (8,960)53.0%50.5%
Green Lake (18,908) (FV)57.5%54.9%
Kewaunee (20,386) (NE)52.7%51.3%
Langlade (19,119)54.0%52.0%
Manitowoc (78,757) (NE)60.8%58.6%
Marinette (40,262) (NE)53.7%51.4%
Menominee (4,546) (FV)81.2%77.9%
Oconto (38,383) (NE)53.1%51.4%
Outagamie (188,766) (FV)64.5%61.9%
Shawano (40,786) (FV)48.0%46.5%
Sheboygan (115,240) (SE)63.2%60.7%
Waupaca (50,664) (FV)55.6%53.8%
Waushara (24,326) (FV)46.3%44.4%
Winnebago (171,631) (FV)62.5%59.7%
NORTHEAST REGION (474,585) (NE)299,303 (63.1%)287,653 (60.6%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,836) (FV)331,154 (60.2%)317,706 (57.8%)
WISCONSIN (5,832,655)3,758,055 (64.4%)3,571,900 (61.2%)

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.

TUESDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS* (boldface indicates change since the last report)

  • Brown – 72,638 cases (+54) (426 deaths)
  • Calumet – 11,876 cases (+5) (99 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.)** - 5,113 cases (88 deaths)
  • Dodge – 25,120 cases (+10) (294 deaths)
  • Door – 6,851 cases (+5) (61 deaths)
  • Florence - 828 cases (17 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 30,610 cases (+9) (261 deaths)
  • Forest - 2,490 cases (48 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.)** - 2,814 cases (40 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 4,446 cases (+1) (55 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.)** - 2,360 cases (71 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 4,681 cases (+1) (42 deaths)
  • Langlade - 5,064 cases (+4) (75 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 17,950 cases (+4) (161 deaths)
  • Marinette - 9,971 cases (+2) (108 deaths)
  • Menominee – 1,952 cases (15 deaths)
  • Menominee (Mich.)** - 4,039 cases (60 deaths)
  • Oconto – 9,519 cases (+1) (97 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 43,874 cases (+29) (360 deaths)
  • Shawano – 10,204 cases (+4) (129 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 30,455 cases (+14) (272 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 11,725 cases (+8) (196 deaths)
  • Waushara – 5,194 cases (+3) (70 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 46,079 cases (+19) (336 deaths)

* You can find cases and deaths for all 72 Wisconsin counties on the DHS County Data website and for Michigan counties on the Michigan Department of Health COVID-19 website. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Hospital Association publish updates Mondays through Fridays.

** Michigan Department of Health updates county information on Wednesdays.

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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