Coronavirus numbers slip back down: 320 new cases, 7 more deaths
Wisconsin's coronavirus testing was back up in Friday's state health report, but the percentage of cases fell back down.
The state received 11,628 results in the past 24-hour period.
Tests identified 320 more patients -- down from 333 identified the day before. Seven more deaths were reported after three days in double digits.
Positive tests represented 2.75% of all the tests received since Thursday afternoon, down from Thursday's 3.70%, after two days of rising percentages.
The state now has 22,246 confirmed cases and 689 COVID-19 deaths.
The new cases were spread among 41 of Wisconsin's 72 counties (see county-by-county numbers below).
Deaths were reported in Milwaukee, Racine, Waupaca and Winnebago counties.
More than 3,000 patients (3,003) have now been hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19. That's 27 more than yesterday, which is the lowest one-day increase in hospitalizations in almost a week.
27% of coronavirus cases are still active. Three percent were fatal. 70% of patients have recovered, meaning 30 days passed since the onset of symptoms or their diagnosis or their release from isolation was documented.
There are 287 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19. That figure is below 300 for the first time since last month. Of those 287, there are 104 in ICU. Another 172 patients in hospitals are waiting for test results.
25% of the state's hospital beds remain available.
After Friday's state report came out, the Appleton Health Department said it had 9 more people test positive for the coronavirus -- the most in a single day. One is hospitalized. Three people had contact with a person who was known to be infected, and five were infected through community spread; the ninth case is still under investigation.
Counties with new cases and/or deaths are in
Ashland - 3 cases
Bayfield - 3 cases (1 death)
Buffalo - 7 cases (2 death)
Crawford - 26 cases
Douglas - 20 cases
Dunn - 29 cases
Florence - 2 cases
Forest - 34 cases (2 deaths)
Iowa - 16 cases
Iron - 2 cases (1 death)
Jackson - 21 cases (1 death)
Juneau – 24 cases (1 death)
Kewaunee - 37 cases (1 death)
Langlade - 5 cases
Lincoln - 7 cases
Marinette - 37 cases (3 deaths)
Marquette - 9 cases (1 death)
Menominee - 3 cases
Oconto - 43 cases
Oneida - 14 cases
Pepin - 1 case
Pierce - 51 cases
Polk - 36 cases (1 death)
Price - 2 cases
Richland - 14 cases (4 deaths)
Sauk - 84 cases (3 deaths)
Sawyer - 9 cases
Taylor - 2 cases
Trempealeau - 49 cases
Vilas - 8 cases
Washburn - 3 cases
The state has 68 public and private labs handling coronavirus testing. That's five more since Thursday and brings the state's capability to 16,168 test results per day.
Counties in Michigan's Upper Peninsula saw no changes in their numbers Thursday.
Alger - 1 case
Baraga - 1 case
Chippewa - 2 cases
Delta - 17 cases (2 deaths)
Dickinson - 6 cases (2 deaths)
Gogebic - 5 cases (1 death)
Houghton - 8 cases
Iron - 2 cases
Keweenaw - 1 case
Luce - 3 cases
Mackinac - 8 cases
Marquette - 59 cases (11 deaths)
Menominee - 9 cases
Ontonagon - 0 cases
Schoolcraft - 4 cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever of 100.4 or higher
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Symptoms that require immediate medical attention include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to rouse
- Bluish lips or face
The CDC says this is not an all-inclusive list. Consult a medical provider about any symptoms that are severe or concerning.
The coronavirus is a new, or "novel," virus. Nobody has a natural immunity to it. Children and teens seem to recover best from the virus. Older people and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) are considered at high risk, according to the CDC. Precautions are also needed around people with developing or weakened immune systems.
To help prevent the spread of the virus:
- Stay at least six feet away from other people
- Avoid close contact with people who are or appear sick
- Stay at home as much as possible. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates and nonessential appointments
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask. At a minimum, use a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).