Wisconsin sets new coronavirus testing record; new cases and death reports lessen
For a second straight day, Wisconsin received more than 10,000 coronavirus test results and set a new record Thursday, but the number and percentage of positive results declined slightly, and reports of patient deaths were also down.
Wednesday, the state's report set new highs for tests completed, positive results and patient deaths.
Thursday, Wisconsin Department of Health Services received 10,626 results. 4.82% were positive -- down a percentage point from Wednesday. They identified 512 new patients and increased the state's known cases to 16,974.
Most cases were found in Milwaukee (204), Waukesha (57) and Kenosha (55) counties, but once again more than half of Wisconsin's counties saw increases in cases in this latest report.
Eleven COVID-19 patient deaths were reported, raising the state's death toll to 550, or 3.2% of known cases. Five of those deaths were in Racine County and three were in Milwaukee County.
Hospitalizations increased by 41 patients in the past 24 hours. There have been 2,452 people hospitalized for COVID-19 at some point during their treatment, or 14% of confirmed coronavirus cases.
There are 409 patients currently hospitalized, with 138 of them are in ICU.
In terms of hospital readiness, 26% of the state's hospital beds and 74% of the state's mechanical ventilators are available.
60% of coronavirus patients are considered recovered.
On a conference call with Brown County Public Health on Thursday, Prevea CEO/president Dr. Ashok Rai cautioned against judging Wisconsin's progress by Wednesday's report, saying it's a snapshot of one day and can represent test swabs taken 24 hours ago or 5 days ago. "There's no way to know when tests were taken and which labs did tests. So many factors go into that."
Wisconsin has 52 public and private labs capable of processing up to 14,753 tests in one day. It has another 31 labs planning to help with state testing.
Counties with increased cases and/or deaths are indicated in
Adams - 4 cases (1 death)
Ashland - 2 cases
Bayfield - 3 cases (1 death)
Buffalo - 5 cases (1 death)
Burnett - 1 cases (1 death)
Calumet - 74 cases (1 death)
Chippewa - 53 cases
Crawford - 26 cases
Door - 38 cases (3 deaths)
Douglas - 19 cases
Dunn - 24 cases
Eau Claire - 99 cases
Florence - 2 case
Green Lake - 16 cases
Iron - 2 cases (1 death)
Juneau – 22 cases (1 death)
La Crosse - 51 cases
Langlade - 2 cases
Marathon - 43 cases (1 death)
Marquette - 3 cases (1 death)
Menominee - 3 cases
Monroe - 16 cases (1 death)
Oconto - 35 cases
Pepin - 1 case
Price - 2 cases
Richland - 14 cases (4 deaths)
Rusk - 5 cases
Sauk - 78 cases (3 deaths)
Taylor - 1 case
Vilas - 6 cases
Washburn - 2 cases
Waupaca - 27 cases (1 death)
Waushara - 8 cases
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 - 4 cases
Iron - 0 cases
Keweenaw - 0 cases
Luce - 3 cases
Marquette - 54 cases (10 deaths)
Menominee - 8 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).