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State sees first drop in percentage of positive coronavirus tests since Thursday

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Published: May. 24, 2020 at 2:31 PM CDT
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New numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show a decrease in the percentage of coronavirus tests which tested positive after two consecutive days of increasing percentages.

400 tests, which equals 5.5% of the total number of tests (7,277), came back positive Sunday.

This comes after an increase from 5% to 5.12% Thursday to Friday, and another increase on Saturday to 6.8%.

Below is a list of percentage of positive test results for each day since May 11:

  • May 11 6.5%
  • May 12 3.9%
  • May 13 6.3%
  • May 14 6.4%
  • May 15 6.3%
  • May 16 8.3%
  • May 17 6.1%
  • May 18 2.9%
  • May 19 5.0%
  • May 20 8.0%
  • May 21 5.0%
  • May 22 5.1%
  • May 23 6.8%
  • May 24 5.5%

The DHS had a record amount of total test results issued Friday at 9,976. That number dropped to 7,277 on Saturday, and dropped again Sunday to 7,107.

Health officials report there have been a total of 15,277 confirmed coronavirus cases in Wisconsin since the first patient was diagnosed in Madison on February 5.

Officials with the City of Appleton announced Sunday that there have been eight new confirmed cases reported to the Health Department since Friday. Of those cases, two residents live in the Calumet County portion of the city, five in the Outagamie County portion, and one from the Winnebago County portion.

Six of the eight cases are from community spread, according to officials, while the other two were acquired through contact with another person who has COVID-19.

Out of the eight new cases, health officials say one person is hospitalized, while the other seven are in isolation at home.

As of Sunday afternoon, there have been a total of 88 confirmed cases in Appleton, with 32 of those who have recovered. The other 53 cases are in isolation, while three have died.

Numbers issued Sunday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) show the state’s death toll is now at 510, a small increase from Saturday’s count of 507.

One of the three new deaths was reported by Outagamie County.

No information about the patient who died has been provided to WBAY at this time.

In addition, there are currently 399 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus.

Out of those patients, 126 are in the ICU, two fewer than reported on Saturday.

In all, 2,315 patients have been hospitalized for treatment, which equals 15%. On Saturday, the DHS says a total of 2,292 people had been hospitalized.

Of the total statewide cases, 59% (8,999 patients) have recovered, which means 30 days have passed since the onset of symptoms or their diagnosis, or the absence of symptoms or release from isolation were documented. That is up from Saturday’s report of 8,688 recovered patients.

186,206 people have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Sunday’s numbers.

County case numbers
Wisconsin

Adams - 4 cases (1 death)

Ashland - 2 cases

Barron - 12 cases

Bayfield - 3 cases (1 death)

Brown - 2,243 cases (+5) (32 deaths)

Buffalo - 5 cases (1 death)

Burnett - 1 cases (1 death)

Calumet - 69 cases (1 death)

Chippewa - 49 cases (+1)

Clark - 28 cases (4 deaths)

Columbia - 37 cases (1 death)

Crawford - 25 cases

Dane - 596 cases (+2) (26 deaths)

Dodge - 152 cases (+3) (1 death)

Door - 37 cases (3 deaths)

Douglas - 17 cases

Dunn - 22 cases (+1)

Eau Claire - 96 cases (+3)

Florence - 2 case

Fond du Lac - 165 cases (+7) (4 deaths)

Forest - 11 cases

Grant - 82 cases (+1) (11 deaths)(+1)

Green - 53 cases (+1)

Green Lake - 14 cases

Iowa - 11 cases

Iron - 2 cases (1 death)

Jackson - 15 cases (1 death)

Jefferson - 80 cases (+2) (3 deaths)

Juneau – 22 cases (1 death)

Kenosha - 998 cases (+15) (22 deaths)

Kewaunee - 33 cases (1 death)

La Crosse - 47 cases

Lafayette - 20 cases (+2)

Langlade - 1 case

Lincoln - 4 cases (+1)

Manitowoc - 29 cases (+1) (1 death)

Marathon - 41 cases (+3) (1 death)

Marinette - 31 cases (2 deaths)

Marquette - 3 cases (1 death)

Menominee - 3 cases (+1)

Milwaukee – 6,185 cases (+198) (276 deaths)

Monroe - 16 cases (1 death)

Oconto - 34 cases

Oneida - 7 cases

Outagamie - 184 cases (+3) (7 deaths) (+1)

Ozaukee - 137 cases (+3) (11 deaths)

Pepin - 1 case

Pierce - 42 cases (+6)

Polk - 16 cases (+1) (1 death)

Portage - 10 cases (+1)

Price - 2 cases

Racine - 1,387 cases (+76) (22 deaths)

Richland - 14 cases (4 deaths)

Rock - 545 cases (+16) (16 deaths)

Rusk - 4 cases

Sauk - 77 cases (3 deaths)

Sawyer - 7 cases

Shawano - 38 cases (+1)

Sheboygan - 82 cases (3 deaths)

St. Croix - 67 cases (+2)

Taylor - 1 case

Trempealeau - 18 cases (+4)

Vernon - 16 cases (+2)

Vilas - 6 cases

Walworth - 348 cases (+9) (13 deaths)(+1)

Washburn - 2 cases

Washington - 193 cases (+12) (4 deaths)

Waukesha - 561 cases (+8) (25 deaths)

Waupaca - 23 cases (+3) (1 death)

Waushara - 8 cases (+1)

Winnebago - 172 cases (+6) (1 death)

Wood - 9 cases (1 death)

Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Alger - 0 cases

Baraga - 1 case

Chippewa - 2 case

Delta - 17 cases (2 deaths)

Dickinson - 5 cases (2 deaths)

Gogebic - 5 cases (1 death)

Houghton - 2 cases

Iron - 0 cases

Keweenaw - 0 cases

Luce - 2 cases

Mackinac - 6 cases

Marquette - 52 cases (10 deaths)

Menominee - 8 cases

Ontonagon - 0 cases

Schoolcraft - 4 cases

Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • 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.

Prevention

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).

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