State Sees Biggest Hike In New COVID-19 Hospital Admissions In 30 Days
Testing hits new single-day high, as does the number of new cases.
Wisconsin set a number of new COVID-19 highs Wednesday, some positive, some negative. The number of tests processed in a 24-hour period set a new record of 6,591 according to the Department of Health Services, besting the previous high of 6,469, a positive sign in the state’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus.
But the number of newly confirmed cases also hit a one-day high of 528, a result of increased testing, but more significantly, a reversal of a downward trend in the percentage of people testing positive. Wednesday’s 24-hour data release includes a positive rate of 8.01 percent, above the seven-day average of 6.32 percent and 14-day average of 6.35 percent. When the state last set a one-day testing record, only 410 people tested positive (6.34 percent).
A total of 51 people were newly hospitalized with the disease, a 30-day high and above the average of 34 since DHS began reporting the data daily on April 4th.
In Milwaukee County, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has gone from 146 to 183 in the past week. “This is a concerning 29 percent increase in COVID-19 patients in our hospitals,” said Dr. Ben Weston, Milwaukee County medical services director, during a Wednesday afternoon press briefing.
Across Wisconsin, 13,413 have now tested positive for the disease. DHS reports 58 percent have recovered, defined by a positive test over 30 days ago or a record of symptom abatement.
Both Brown and Racine counties continue to have greater per capita outbreaks than Milwaukee.
Brown County, which is anchored by Green Bay, has 821.8 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 815.3 yesterday). Racine County has 570.6 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 543). Milwaukee County has 563.1 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 532).
Kenosha (528.1), Walworth (287.3), Rock (279.4), Kewaunee (152.3) and Grant (150.5) are the only other counties with more than 150 cases per 100,000 residents.
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents has risen to 232.1 (up from 223).
Statewide 393 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 50 over the past seven days. A total of 182 people are hospitalized with a COVID-19 test pending, an increase of 13. Across the state, 16 percent of people confirmed to have the disease have required hospitalization.
There are currently 981 ventilators and 393 intensive care unit (ICU) 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 929 ventilators and 425 ICU beds as available.
Charts and Maps
Wisconsin COVID-19 summary
|Status||Number (%) of People as of 5/20/2020|
|Negative Test Results||154,300|
|Positive Test Results||13,413|
Percent of COVID-19 cases by hospitalization status
|Hospitalization status||Number of confirmed cases as of 5/20/2020||Percent of confirmed cases as of 5/20/2020|
Summary of COVID-19 cases by age group
|Age Group (Years)||Cases as of 5/20/2020||Ever hospitalized as of 5/20/2020||Any Intensive Care as of 5/20/2020||Deaths as of 5/20/2020|
Percent of COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender
|Gender||Confirmed Cases as of 5/20/2020||Deaths as of 5/20/2020|
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race
|Race||Number of cases as of 5/20/2020||Percent of cases as of 5/20/2020||Number of deaths as of 5/20/2020||Percent of deaths as of 5/20/2020|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||504||4%||12||2%|
|Multiple or Other races||1,497||11%||4||1%|
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity
|Ethnicity||Number of cases as of 5/20/2020||Percent of cases as of 5/20/2020||Number of deaths as of 5/20/2020||Percent of deaths as of 5/20/2020|
|Hispanic or Latino||4,193||31%||42||9%|
|Not Hispanic or Latino||7,688||57%||431||90%|
Number of positive cases and deaths by county
|Wisconsin County||Positive as of 5/20/2020||Negative as of 5/20/2020||Deaths as of 5/20/2020||Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 5/20/2020||Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 5/20/2020|
|Fond du Lac||148||3,053||3||144.7||2%|
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