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Wisconsin tops 1.5 million COVID-19 cases

New cases are still on a downward trend
COVID-19 in Wisconsin
COVID-19 in Wisconsin(NBC15)
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 2:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2022 at 4:18 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – One-and-a-half million people in Wisconsin have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus at least once during this pandemic, which was confirmed to reach Wisconsin 2 years, 4 months and 11 days ago. While it’s nothing more than an interesting bit of trivia, the average works out to 1 person diagnosed with COVID-19 every 50 seconds in Wisconsin. More importantly, it means 25.7% of the population, or more than 1 in 4 people in Wisconsin, tested positive for the coronavirus at least once.

It’s a little over two months since Wisconsin passed the last milestone of 1.4 million cases. During the omicron surge in January, milestones were measured in days instead of weeks.

MilestoneDate reachedDays to reach
1,500,104June 16, 202263
1,400,720April 14, 202278
1,305,977January 26, 20229
1,210,198January 17, 20225
1,103,372January 12, 20229
1,005,150January 3, 20226
901,727December 28, 202154
802,117November 4, 202163
700,759September 2, 2021121
600,297May 4, 2021116
502,012January 8, 202135
404,555December 4, 202021
301,165November 13, 202018
201,049October 26, 202036
101,227September 20, 2020228
1February 5, 2020n/a

Fortunately, cases have been on a downward trend recently. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services put the 7-day average of new cases down for the 7th day in a row. The DHS says Wisconsin averaged 1,453 cases per day over the last week. The rolling average was 1,471 a day earlier.

A higher-than-average 1,727 new cases were confirmed by test results in the past 24-hour period. In WBAY’s greater viewing area, all 20 counties reported new cases: 9 had new case numbers in the double digits, while 11 had single-digit increases.

The number of COVID-19 deaths reported was higher than average, also. The death toll went up by 9, and the DHS says 8 of the deaths reported were recent, bumping the 7-day average up from 4 to 5 deaths per day. Outagamie and Waupaca county each reported 1 of those recent deaths; Marinette County reported a death that happened more than 30 days ago.

Hospitalizations in the past 24-hour period were far below average. The DHS says 20 COVID-19 patients were admitted since the last report, and our calculated 7-day average tumbled from 39 to 30 patients per day.

Despite the relatively low number of hospital admissions, it was not offset by discharges (or deaths). The Wisconsin Hospital Association says hospitals were treating 375 COVID-19 patients Thursday, including 60 in ICU -- which is 17 more people in hospitals and 2 more of them in intensive care than Wednesday.

Northeast health care region hospitals had 35 patients, a decline of 3, with 7 patients in ICU, an increase of 1. Fox Valley hospitals saw no change in the number of patients, with 23 being treated for COVID-19, but 1 more is in ICU, which is 5 of the 23.

We saw one vaccination metric move up Thursday. State vaccinators report 2,026,898 Wisconsin residents received at least one COVID-19 booster shot, or 34.8% of the population. Other metrics remained the same: 64.5% of Wisconsinites had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 61.3% of the population completed their vaccine series -- meaning one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Thursday’s Vaccinations by Age Group (there were no changes in percentages by age group since last report)

  • 5 to 11: 28.2% received vaccine/25.4% completed vaccinations/0.0% received booster
  • 12 to 17: 62.0% received vaccine/58.6% completed vaccinations/20.6% received booster
  • 18 to 24: 60.8% received vaccine/55.2% completed vaccinations/19.9% received booster
  • 25 to 34: 64.6% received vaccine/60.1% completed vaccinations/25.9% received booster
  • 35 to 44: 69.5% received vaccine/66.1% completed vaccinations/33.5% received booster
  • 45 to 54: 71.9% received vaccine/69.1% completed vaccinations/38.5% received booster
  • 55 to 64: 78.2% received vaccine/75.8% completed vaccinations/49.8% received booster
  • 65 and up: 85.3% received vaccine/82.6% completed vaccinations/68.2% received booster

Thursday’s Vaccinations by County Population

County (Population)
(Health region)
% of population
with at least 1 dose
% of population
completed series
Brown (264,610) (NE)66.0%63.4%
Calumet (50,209) (FV)57.1%55.0%
Dodge (87,336)52.7%50.6%
Door (27,889) (NE)79.0%75.2%
Florence (4,298) (NE)53.3%50.7%
Fond du Lac (102,902) (SE)56.0%53.6%
Forest (8,960)53.0%50.6% (+0.1)
Green Lake (18,908) (FV)57.6%55.0%
Kewaunee (20,386) (NE)52.8%51.4%
Langlade (19,119)54.1%52.1%
Manitowoc (78,757) (NE)60.8%58.7% (+0.1)
Marinette (40,262) (NE)53.7%51.5%
Menominee (4,546) (FV)81.3%78.0%
Oconto (38,383) (NE)53.1%51.4%
Outagamie (188,766) (FV)64.5%62.0% (+0.1)
Shawano (40,786) (FV)48.1%46.5%
Sheboygan (115,240) (SE)63.2%60.8%
Waupaca (50,664) (FV)55.7%53.8%
Waushara (24,326) (FV)46.4%44.5%
Winnebago (171,631) (FV)62.5%59.7%
NORTHEAST REGION (474,585) (NE)299,603 (63.1%)288,036 (60.7%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,836) (FV)331,476 (60.3%)318,134 (57.9%)
WISCONSIN (5,832,655)3,762,408 (64.5%)3,577,346 (61.3%)

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.

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

  • Brown – 73,588 cases (+55) (428 deaths)
  • Calumet – 12,020 cases (+6) (100 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.)** - 5,201 cases (89 deaths
  • Dodge – 25,343 cases (+22) (294 deaths)
  • Door – 6,968 cases (+9) (61 deaths)
  • Florence - 841 cases (+1) (17 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 30,982 cases (+27) (262 deaths)
  • Forest - 2,550 cases (+6) (48 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.)** - 2,875 cases (40 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 4,514 cases (+3) (55 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.)** - 2,418 cases (71 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 4,710 cases (+2) (42 deaths)
  • Langlade - 5,177 cases (+9) (75 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 18,181 cases (+22) (161 deaths)
  • Marinette - 10,100 cases (+12) (109 deaths) (+1)
  • Menominee – 1,959 cases (+2) (15 deaths)
  • Menominee (Mich.)** - 4,105 cases (61 deaths)
  • Oconto – 9,582 cases (+3) (97 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 44,600 cases (+45) (362 deaths) (+1)
  • Shawano – 10,296 cases (+4) (131 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 30,987 cases (+46) (273 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 11,883 cases (+15) (199 deaths) (+1)
  • Waushara – 5,250 cases (+2) (70 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 46,805 cases (+51) (338 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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