COVID-19 Testing Capacity Drops
But state reports second highest total of tests processed in 24 hours, percent positive continues downward trend.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported the first decrease in daily COVID-19 testing capacity since the department began reporting the number. But the number of tests processed per day continues to fall well below the capacity.
Figures released Friday show the capacity has fallen by 1,000 to 13,797 tests per day across 51 labs. The figure accounts for supplies at public and private labs across the state, including swabs, reagents and other necessary materials. DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm has repeatedly referred to the supply chain for testing supplies as fragile, but the capacity has trended upward in recent weeks. As of May 5th Wisconsin had the capacity to process only 11,347 tests per day.
DHS reported 4,605 tests were processed in the past 24 hours, the second-highest total reported since the outbreak started.
Of those tests, 8.14 percent were positive, increasing the number of Wisconsin residents with a confirmed case of the disease by 375 to 9,590. The figure, which DHS is looking to trend down as part of implementing the Badger Bounce Back plan, averaged 9.57 percent in April and 9.02 percent over the last 14 days.
The hospitalization rate for the disease over the length of the outbreak fell to 18 percent (1,767), though the state does not have hospitalization data in 23 percent (2,171) of cases.
The death toll from the virus has reached 384, with 10 newly-confirmed deaths in the past 24 hours. DHS reports that 219 of the deaths have occurred in Milwaukee County. The county’s residents represent 3,722 of the 9.590 confirmed cases according to state data.
But on a per-capita basis, Brown County has far more cases and the gap between the two continues to grow.
Brown County, which is anchored by Green Bay, now has 684 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 656.7 yesterday). Milwaukee County has 390.1 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 374.4). On April 16th, Brown County had only 53.5 cases per 100,000 residents while Milwaukee had 204. Brown County now has 13 confirmed deaths and 1,777 confirmed cases.
Kenosha County has the third-highest rate at 372.5 cases per 100,000 residents. Racine (324.5), Walworth (219.4), Rock (212), Kewaunee (127.7), Grant (127.3), Ozaukee (114.4) and Sauk (108.5) are the only other counties with more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents. The statewide average has risen to 166 (up from 159.5).
There are currently 913 ventilators and 382 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 927 ventilators and 440 intensive care unit beds as available.
Charts and Maps
Wisconsin COVID-19 summary
|Status||Number (%) of People as of 5/8/2020|
|Negative Test Results||97,265|
|Positive Test Results||9,590|
Percent of COVID-19 cases by hospitalization status
|Hospitilization status||Number of confirmed cases as of 5/8/2020||Percent of confirmed cases as of 5/8/2020|
Summary of COVID-19 cases by age group
|Age Group (Years)||Cases as of 5/8/2020||Ever hospitalized as of 5/8/2020||Any Intensive Care as of 5/8/2020||Deaths as of 5/8/2020|
Percent of COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender
|Gender||Confirmed Cases as of 5/8/2020||Deaths as of 5/8/2020|
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race
|Race||Number of cases as of 5/8/2020||Percent of cases as of 5/8/2020||Number of deaths as of 5/8/2020||Percent of deaths as of 5/8/2020|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||349||4%||6||2%|
|Multiple or Other races||988||10%||3||1%|
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity
|Ethnicity||Number of cases as of 5/8/2020||Percent of cases as of 5/8/2020||Number of deaths as of 5/8/2020||Percent of deaths as of 5/8/2020|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,832||30%||32||8%|
|Not Hispanic or Latino||5,774||60%||346||90%|
Number of positive cases and deaths by county
|Wisconsin County||Positive as of 5/8/2020||Negative as of 5/8/2020||Deaths as of 5/8/2020||Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 5/8/2020||Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 5/8/2020|
|Fond du Lac||85||1,712||3||83.1||4%|
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