Jeramey Jannene
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Wisconsin Ends Week With 1,412 New COVID-19 Cases, Surge in Testing

Despite testing boost, state still has almost three times the capacity.

By - Apr 26th, 2020 02:49 pm
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COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

Figures reported Sunday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show that 2,321 COVID-19 tests were processed by 48 labs across the state in the past 24 hours. That figure is the third-highest reported since the outbreak started, following 3,421 and 2,896 tests reported Friday and Saturday respectively.

Of the 2,321 tests, 9.65 percent came back positive, below the April average of 9.82 percent. The figure is one Governor Tony EversBadger Bounce Back plan calls to fall for 14 days before implementing a phased plan to reopen the state, but the number has bounced around over the past week with a sequence of 10.68, 8.90, 11,93, 9.58, 8.89, 11.43 and 9.65 percent (a weighted average of 10.11 percent).

For the week, 1,412 Wisconsin residents tested positive from 15,477 tests, both of which are record highs. The figures were boosted by an overall increase in testing as well as outbreaks at food plants across the state and testing all of the inmates at the Milwaukee County House of Correction.

And while testing jumped to an average of 2,879 tests processed per day over the past three days, an increase over the April average of 1,785, it still substantially trails the state’s capacity. The DHS dashboard reported a daily testing capacity of 10,947 samples across 48 labs on Saturday. Since April 1st the state has had the capacity to test at least 3,842 samples per day and over 6,700 since April 14th. DHS officials have repeatedly asked physicians to order tests for any patient that would benefit from the diagnosis in recent weeks.

The Badger Bounce Back plan calls for the state’s testing to grow and for the capacity to grow to at least 85,000 tests per week (over 12,100 per day).

The death toll from the virus continues to move higher, but the growth in confirmed deaths does not directly correlate to the daily testing report. The state reported 272 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon, with six new deaths in the past 24 hours. DHS reports that 162 of the deaths have occurred in Milwaukee County.

Brown County continues to be the county with the greatest percentage of its residents testing positive after an outbreak centered around a meatpacking plant was discovered. The county, which is anchored by Green Bay, now has 298.7 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 277.2 yesterday). Milwaukee County has 275.5 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 264.6). On April 16th, Brown County had only 53.5 cases per 100,000 residents while Milwaukee was at 204. Only two residents of Brown County have died from the disease.

Kenosha County has the third-highest rate at 201.4 cases per 100,000 residents. Racine (138.2) and Walworth (131.1) are the only other counties with over 100 cases per 100,000 residents.

With the expanded testing, the percentage of individuals with confirmed cases requiring hospitalization has fallen to 24 percent (1,397 cumulative hospitalizations). The number had peaked at 30 percent in recent weeks. There are currently 975 ventilator and 424 intensive care unit beds available across the state according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Since the data became publicly available on April 10th, WHA has reported an average of 915 ventilators and 452 ventilators as available.

Charts and Maps

Wisconsin COVID-19 summary

Status Number (%) of People as of 4/26/2020
Negative Test Results 59,235
Positive Test Results 5,911
Hospitalizations 1,397 (24%)
Deaths 272

Percent of COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender

Gender Confirmed Cases as of 4/26/2020 Deaths as of 4/26/2020
Female 52% 41%
Male 48% 59%
Total Number 5,911 272

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race

Race Number of cases as of 4/26/2020 Percent of cases as of 4/26/2020 Number of deaths as of 4/26/2020 Percent of deaths as of 4/26/2020
American Indian 56 1% 3 1%
Asian or Pacific Islander 174 3% 5 2%
Black 1,414 24% 94 35%
White 3,083 52% 165 61%
Multiple or Other races 403 7% 1 0%
Unknown 781 13% 4 1%
Total 5,911 100% 272 100%

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity

Ethnicity Number of cases as of 4/26/2020 Percent of cases as of 4/26/2020 Number of deaths as of 4/26/2020 Percent of deaths as of 4/26/2020
Hispanic or Latino 1,338 23% 16 6%
Not Hispanic or Latino 3,734 63% 248 91%
Unknown 839 14% 8 3%
Total 5,911 100% 272 100%

Number of positive cases and deaths by county

Wisconsin County Positive as of 4/26/2020 Negative as of 4/26/2020 Deaths as of 4/26/2020 Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 4/26/2020 Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 4/26/2020
Adams 4 135 1 19.9 25%
Ashland 2 103 0 12.7 0%
Barron 6 675 0 13.3 0%
Bayfield 3 125 1 20.0 33%
Brown 776 1,884 2 298.7 0%
Buffalo 4 166 1 30.4 25%
Burnett 0 74 0 0.0 0%
Calumet 7 329 0 14.1 0%
Chippewa 20 909 0 31.4 0%
Clark 19 194 1 55.1 5%
Columbia 27 678 1 47.4 4%
Crawford 3 197 0 18.4 0%
Dane 405 8,656 21 76.4 5%
Dodge 29 813 1 33.0 3%
Door 10 120 1 36.4 10%
Douglas 9 446 0 20.7 0%
Dunn 9 868 0 20.2 0%
Eau Claire 25 1,739 0 24.3 0%
Florence 2 21 0 46.1 0%
Fond du Lac 69 1,233 3 67.4 4%
Forest 0 47 0 0.0 0%
Grant 30 525 3 57.9 10%
Green 11 282 0 29.8 0%
Green Lake 1 160 0 5.3 0%
Iowa 7 235 0 29.6 0%
Iron 2 38 1 35.0 50%
Jackson 12 254 1 58.5 8%
Jefferson 39 791 0 46.1 0%
Juneau 12 300 1 45.4 8%
Kenosha 339 1,826 7 201.4 2%
Kewaunee 10 105 1 49.1 10%
La Crosse 26 1,806 0 22.1 0%
Lafayette 4 103 0 23.9 0%
Langlade 0 99 0 0.0 0%
Lincoln 0 167 0 0.0 0%
Manitowoc 10 311 0 12.6 0%
Marathon 17 602 1 12.6 6%
Marinette 7 299 1 17.3 14%
Marquette 3 150 1 19.7 33%
Menominee 1 36 0 21.8 0%
Milwaukee 2,629 12,726 162 275.5 6%
Monroe 14 685 0 30.8 0%
Oconto 7 254 0 18.6 0%
Oneida 6 261 0 17.0 0%
Outagamie 46 1,158 2 24.9 4%
Ozaukee 85 797 9 96.3 11%
Pepin 0 104 0 0.0 0%
Pierce 9 374 0 21.6 0%
Polk 4 248 0 9.2 0%
Portage 4 263 0 5.7 0%
Price 1 68 0 7.4 0%
Racine 270 1,866 10 138.2 4%
Richland 11 228 1 62.7 9%
Rock 151 1,546 5 93.3 3%
Rusk 4 110 0 28.2 0%
Sauk 40 689 3 62.9 8%
Sawyer 3 235 0 18.3 0%
Shawano 8 295 0 19.5 0%
Sheboygan 45 768 2 39.1 4%
St. Croix 13 439 0 14.8 0%
Taylor 0 91 0 0.0 0%
Trempealeau 2 453 0 6.8 0%
Vernon 1 359 0 3.3 0%
Vilas 4 123 0 18.5 0%
Walworth 135 683 8 131.1 6%
Washburn 1 149 0 6.4 0%
Washington 92 1,524 4 68.4 4%
Waukesha 307 3,274 14 77.0 5%
Waupaca 7 332 1 13.6 14%
Waushara 2 159 0 8.3 0%
Winnebago 48 1,084 1 28.2 2%
Wood 2 389 0 2.7 0%
Total 5,911 59,235 272 102.3 5%

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