Jeramey Jannene
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Testing Slowing, But Death Rate Hasn’t

170 deaths from disease as week-over-week testing total falls.

By - Apr 14th, 2020 02:45 pm
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COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

Is Wisconsin flattening the curve?

The public health strategy relates to slowing the spread of COVID-19 so that the caseload does not overwhelm the health care system. And data released over the past week suggests, at least for now, the number of new cases of COVID-19 isn’t growing exponentially.

It’s a hot topic on social media as armchair public health pundits have begun offering strategies ranging from ending all social distancing requirements to testing every Wisconsin resident on a tri-weekly basis.

Public officials have even begun to weigh in.

“I do believe we are starting to see some signs of progress,” said Mayor Tom Barrett during a press briefing Monday afternoon. But Barrett said the most important thing people could do is to continue to practice social distancing.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) officials have been consistent that social distancing, the practice of staying six feet away from others, and the measures in the “Safer at Home” order are necessary to prevent a spike in cases at this point.

They’re also closely looking for new outbreaks related to the April 7th election or Easter holiday. People can go up to 14 days without showing symptoms of the disease.

But while state officials wait to see if either event causes a spike in the outbreak, new cases and deaths continue to be reported.

Figures released Tuesday by the DHS shows 127 new cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The number of people testing positive over the length of the outbreak has risen to 3,555. A total of 37,997 Wisconsin residents have tested negative.

DHS reported 16 additional confirmed deaths from the disease, bringing the state total to 170. That’s the third-highest one day total. DHS reported 78 confirmed deaths over the past week. Over the length of the outbreak, 101 deaths have been recorded in Milwaukee County.

Data released over the past week from DHS indicates that there is more supply than demand for testing, with 20 labs across the state capable of processing more than 3,500 tests combined in a given day. Over the past seven days, the peak 24-hour test processing window was April 10th with 1,984 tests reported. Over the past week 10,462 people were tested, down from 12,364 the week prior.

The capacity, which has grown throughout the outbreak, is far short of the capacity necessary to test anyone who wants to be tested. But the state has expanded guidance to allow testing on anyone showing symptoms for which a physician believes a diagnosis would be beneficial.

The hospitalization rate for confirmed cases over the length of the outbreak rose to 30 percent (1,049 instances) with the latest report.

Charts and Maps

Wisconsin COVID-19 summary

Status Number (%) of People as of 4/14/2020
Negative Test Result 37,997
Positive Test Result 3,555
Hospitalizations 1049 (30%)
Deaths 170

Percent of COVID-19 cases by hospitalization status

Hospitilization status Number of confirmed cases as of 4/14/2020 Percent of confirmed cases as of 4/14/2020
Ever hospitalized 1,049 30%
Never hospitalized 1,841 52%
Unknown 665 19%
Total 3,555 100%

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race

Race Number of cases as of 4/14/2020 Percent of cases as of 4/14/2020 Number of deaths as of 4/14/2020 Percent of deaths as of 4/14/2020
American Indian 32 1% 2 1%
Asian or Pacific Islander 88 2% 4 2%
Black 895 25% 69 41%
White 1,806 51% 93 55%
Multiple or Other races 85 2% 0 0%
Unknown 649 18% 2 1%
Total 3,555 100% 170 100%

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity

Ethnicity Number of cases as of 4/14/2020 Percent of cases as of 4/14/2020 Number of deaths as of 4/14/2020 Percent of deaths as of 4/14/2020
Hispanic or Latino 402 11% 7 4%
Not Hispanic or Latino 2,414 68% 160 94%
Unknown 739 21% 3 2%
Total 3,555 100% 170 100%

Percent of COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender

Gender Confirmed Cases as of 4/14/2020 Deaths as of 4/14/2020
Female 53% 39%
Male 47% 61%
Total Number 3,555 170

Summary of COVID-19 cases by age group

Age Group (Years) Cases as of 4/14/2020 Ever hospitalized as of 4/14/2020 Any Intensive Care as of 4/14/2020 Deaths as of 4/14/2020
<10 14 4 0 0
10-19 41 3 0 0
20-29 404 34 4 0
30-39 494 70 15 4
40-49 568 111 25 5
50-59 700 188 50 16
60-69 633 242 82 34
70-79 403 220 65 51
80-89 222 144 34 39
90+ 76 33 8 21
Total 3,555 1,049 283 170

Number of positive results by county

Wisconsin County Positive as of 4/14/2020 Negative as of 4/14/2020 Deaths as of 4/14/2020 Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 4/14/2020 Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 4/14/2020
Adams 3 93 0 14.9 0%
Ashland 2 66 0 12.7 0%
Barron 6 471 0 13.3 0%
Bayfield 3 94 0 20.0 0%
Brown 97 926 1 37.3 1%
Buffalo 4 114 1 30.4 25%
Burnett 0 57 0 0.0 0%
Calumet 5 206 0 10.0 0%
Chippewa 20 603 0 31.4 0%
Clark 8 107 0 23.2 0%
Columbia 25 476 1 43.9 4%
Crawford 3 127 0 18.4 0%
Dane 344 5,909 12 64.9 3%
Dodge 19 538 1 21.6 5%
Door 9 98 1 32.8 11%
Douglas 7 332 0 16.1 0%
Dunn 9 583 0 20.2 0%
Eau Claire 21 1,193 0 20.4 0%
Florence 2 8 0 46.1 0%
Fond du Lac 59 909 2 57.7 3%
Forest 0 33 0 0.0 0%
Grant 8 266 1 15.4 13%
Green 9 202 0 24.4 0%
Green Lake 1 97 0 5.3 0%
Iowa 5 155 0 21.2 0%
Iron 2 23 1 35.0 50%
Jackson 10 132 1 48.8 10%
Jefferson 24 504 0 28.4 0%
Juneau 7 209 1 26.5 14%
Kenosha 186 1,188 3 110.5 2%
Kewaunee 4 63 1 19.6 25%
La Crosse 25 1,252 0 21.2 0%
Lafayette 3 56 0 17.9 0%
Langlade 0 55 0 0.0 0%
Lincoln 0 110 0 0.0 0%
Manitowoc 4 173 0 5.0 0%
Marathon 14 407 1 10.4 7%
Marinette 4 158 0 9.9 0%
Marquette 2 102 0 13.2 0%
Menominee 1 8 0 21.8 0%
Milwaukee 1,795 7,633 101 188.1 6%
Monroe 8 432 0 17.6 0%
Oconto 4 153 0 10.7 0%
Oneida 6 183 0 17.0 0%
Outagamie 29 680 2 15.7 7%
Ozaukee 73 560 9 82.7 12%
Pepin 0 75 0 0.0 0%
Pierce 7 264 0 16.8 0%
Polk 3 138 0 6.9 0%
Portage 4 195 0 5.7 0%
Price 1 43 0 7.4 0%
Racine 135 1,063 5 69.1 4%
Richland 6 157 0 34.2 0%
Rock 59 1,036 4 36.5 7%
Rusk 3 72 0 21.2 0%
Sauk 28 438 4 44.0 14%
Sawyer 2 151 0 12.2 0%
Shawano 6 179 0 14.6 0%
Sheboygan 36 559 2 31.2 6%
St. Croix 10 266 0 11.4 0%
Taylor 0 61 0 0.0 0%
Trempealeau 1 291 0 3.4 0%
Vernon 0 220 0 0.0 0%
Vilas 4 80 0 18.5 0%
Walworth 45 402 1 43.7 2%
Washburn 1 105 0 6.4 0%
Washington 73 1,011 3 54.3 4%
Waukesha 224 2,197 9 56.2 4%
Waupaca 4 210 1 7.8 25%
Waushara 2 84 0 8.3 0%
Winnebago 29 681 1 17.1 3%
Wood 2 275 0 2.7 0%
Total 3,555 37,997 170 61.5 5%

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