Brown County reports 1st COVID-19 death; Wisconsin deaths top 100

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin reported new numbers on the coronavirus outbreak on April 10. CLICK HERE for updates.

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  • State health officials Thursday reported 2,285 positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, 111 total deaths
  • Brown County reported its first coronavirus-related death after state numbers were released
  • Wisconsin is on pace to total more than 3,000 COVID-19 cases in the next 24 hours

Brown County reports its first death from COVID-19. The county health department says the patient was a 58-year-old man.

Ted Shove of the Brown County Health Department says the man was in the hospital for COVID-19 symptoms for more than a week, but he had underlying health problems that caused him to be hospitalized multiple times in the last several months.

Health officials contacted everyone they determined the man had recent, close contact with. None has shown any COVID-19 symptoms.

Including the man who died, the county has 54 total positive test results (new figure) -- the most of any county in Northeast Wisconsin.

The death was announced after the state released official figures Thursday afternoon. The number of deaths related to the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin topped 100 Thursday, according to those numbers reported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The state reported 111 deaths related to COVID-19. That's up 12 from the 99 deaths reported by Wednesday.

Milwaukee County is reporting the most deaths from the outbreak with 65.

Wisconsin has 2,885 positive cases of coronavirus, up from 2,756 on Wednesday. At the current pace, the state will have more than 3,000 cases by Friday morning.

Hospitalizations increased to 843 -- up from 790 the day before. That's almost 30% of COVID-19 patients.

Statewide, 31,424 tests have come back negative. That's an increase from 30,115 negative tests reported Wednesday.

Total COVID-19 cases by county

Adams - 2
Ashland - 1
Barron - 5
Bayfield - 3
Brown - 50
Buffalo - 2 (1 death)
Calumet - 4
Chippewa - 17
Clark - 7
Columbia - 25 (1 death)
Crawford - 2
Dane - 307 (11 deaths)
Dodge - 16
Door - 8
Douglas - 7
Dunn - 7
Eau Claire - 21
Florence - 2
Fond du Lac - 49 (2 deaths)
Grant - 4
Green - 9
Iowa - 4
Iron - 1 (fatal)
Jackson - 7
Jefferson - 19
Juneau - 5
Kenosha - 135 (1 death)
Kewaunee - 1
La Crosse - 23
Lafayette - 2
Manitowoc - 3
Marathon - 12
Marinette - 3
Marquette - 2
Menominee - 1
Milwaukee - 1,484 (65 deaths)
Monroe - 6
Oconto - 3
Oneida - 5
Outagamie - 26 (2 deaths)
Ozaukee - 71 (8 deaths)
Pierce - 7
Portage - 4
Racine - 84 (2 deaths)
Richland - 3
Rock - 47 (2 deaths)
Rusk - 3
Sauk - 21
Sawyer - 1
Shawano - 4
Sheboygan - 31 (2 deaths)
St. Croix - 7
Trempealeau - 1
Vilas - 4
Walworth - 28
Washington - 63 (3 deaths)
Waukesha - 184 (6 deaths)
Waupaca - 3 (1 death)
Waushara - 2
Winnebago - 25 (1 death)
Wood - 2
Total 2,885

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There are now 41 COVID-19 cases reported in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with 5 deaths. Michigan Public Health added Schoolcraft to the counties with confirmed cases. Marquette County has the most cases in the U.P. with 18. Dickinson County and Gogebic County, which share borders with Wisconsin, each has 3 cases.

Other cases
Brown County now reports 54 positive COVID-19 test results, four more than the state had in its report Thursday afternoon.

Sheboygan County reports it has 34 COVID-19 cases, three more than a day ago.

The new cases should be reflected in state numbers in the next day or two.

Manitowoc County says Wednesday's DHS report listing 4 cases in their county was in error. That county still has 3 cases at the time of this writing.

Demographics

Graphs show 53 percent of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin are female and 47 percent of cases are male.

White and black Wisconsin residents account for most COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin. Fifty percent of deaths are white and 44 percent are black.

The Brown County Health Department provided a breakdown of cases by ZIP Code, showing the 54115 area in southern Brown County has the most cases -- 11, or about one-fifth of the county's 54 cases. It's Brown County's most-populous ZIP Code, with about 40,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Don't let up

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Thursday there are encouraging signs that Wisconsin is "flattening the curve" to keep down the number of new infections and avoid overwhelming hospitals.

But they don't want people to become complacent. Now is not the time to ease up on the brakes.

"I think that's also a sign we need to double down and continue to flatten that curve, continue to do this work to protect our frontline health care workers and protect our health capacity to serve those who will need hospitalization because of COVID-19," Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said.

Right now, the governor's Safer at Home order goes through Friday, April 24.

Secretary Palm didn't say if she thinks the order will be extended, but she said people should not expect a "flip the switch" approach where everything can go back to normal in a day.

She says the state will continue to actively manage COVID-19 until there is a medical treatment or a vaccine for the coronavirus. Currently, doctors can only treat the symptoms.

The state doesn't report recoveries

State health officials were again asked Thursday why they don't report the number of recovered patients. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Ryan Westergaard explained the state doesn't recommend follow-up testing, so it isn't known when a person's test for COVID-19 would be negative and they are free and clear of the virus.

Current guidelines say patients can leave isolation when they don't have a fever for 72 hours without the help of fever-reducing medicine and at least 7 days have passed since their first symptoms appeared.

Westergaard says right now in 95 percent of cases in the state, it takes two weeks for the body to fight off the infection.

"I agree that people look at the curve going up and up and up and they think this many people are infected, this many people are sick, and that's not true. The number of sick people isn't continuing to grow. Most people get better. So I think we can do a better job of reporting that good news while sticking to that hard data we can measure and feel confident in," Westergaard said.

Spreading the disease

The coronavirus is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or breathes.

"These droplets can remain in the air and on surfaces for an extended period of time. When people breathe in (inhale) the droplets, or touch surfaces that have been contaminated and then touch their mouth, face, or eyes, the virus can make them sick," says the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

People infected with the virus can develop the respiratory disease named COVID-19.

COVID-19 symptoms and prevention

Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. CLICK HERE for more information on symptoms. Emergency signs include pain and pressure in the chest, confusion, trouble breathing, and bluish lips or face.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear between 2 and 14 days after contact with an infected person.

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DHS recommends taking these steps to help stop the spread of the virus:

--Stay at home
--Limit your physical interactions with people
--Keep at least six feet apart from others
--Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water
--Make essential trips no more than once a week
--Covering coughs and sneezes
--Avoid touching your face

Local and national health care providers are encouraging people to wear masks in public to avoid spreading the illness to others.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a Safer at Home order restricting large gatherings, non-essential business and travel in the state. CLICK HERE to find out what the order means for you.