Four Straight Days of Over 750 New COVID-19 Cases
But a negative death total, how did that happen?
Five days ago Wisconsin had never recorded over 750 new COVID-19 cases in a single day. Now it has done so for four straight days.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 769 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s report came from only 7,617 processed tests, the lowest testing total by over 4,000 in the four-day stretch. DHS has reported an average of 9,673 tests per day over the past 30 days.
As a result of the lower testing total, the 24-hour positive case rate, the percentage of tests that indicate a case, jumped to 10.1 percent.
The 14-day positive case rate now stands at 6.2 percent, a figure that has ticked upward for 24 straight days from a low of 2.69 percent.
The state has reported one day with a positive case rate below three percent since the upward trend started on June 19th. Immediately prior to the upward trend beginning, DHS reported 12 of 14 days with a positive case rate below three percent, even off of below-average testing totals.
DHS also reported a period of 61 straight days without a single-day positive case rate of 10 percent or greater, but the state has now exceeded the figure in three of the past nine days.
A total of 264 people are actively hospitalized with the disease according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the same as the day prior. DHS reports that 27 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours, above the 30-day average of 27. Last week the state reported a three-month low of 235 active hospitalizations.
The statewide death toll fell to 820, the second time DHS has reported no new deaths and actually reduced the number of reported deaths. “This death was reported to us in error and the correction has decreased the death count by one,” said DHS about the latest change.
It’s the sixth time in the past 15 days that no new deaths have been reported. An average of 4.37 deaths per day have been reported over the past 30 days, down from 8.74 deaths per day in the 30 days prior.
Both hospitalizations and deaths are seen as lagging indicators of the spread of the disease by public health officials, but the disease has recently been spreading primarily among young residents that require less hospitalization and have a lower death rate.
According to DHS data, 1,459.6 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (up from 1,431.7) since the outbreak began. Brown County, which is anchored by Green Bay, has 1,242.6 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 1,230.6). Racine County has 1,197 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 1,190.4).
Kenosha (1,030.1), Walworth (731.9), Rock (643.5), Trempealeau (611.5), Dodge (586.7), Dane (565.3), Forest (532.3), La Crosse (497.2), Lafayette (484), Winnebago (453.7), Jefferson (425.3) and Waukesha (421.2) are the only other counties with more than 400 cases per 100,000 residents.
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 630.8 (up from 617.5 yesterday).
According to data last updated Wednesday, Dane County has the fastest growing spread, followed by Milwaukee, Trempealeau, Walworth, La Crosse, Marquette and Brown counties.
There are currently 969 ventilators and 315 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 945 ventilators and 388 ICU beds as available.
Charts and Maps
Percent of COVID-19 cases by hospitalization status
|Hospitalization status||Number of confirmed cases as of 7/12/2020||Percent of confirmed cases as of 7/12/2020|
Summary of COVID-19 cases by age group
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race
Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity
Number of positive cases and deaths by county
|Wisconsin County||Positive as of 7/12/2020||Negative as of 7/12/2020||Deaths as of 7/12/2020||Rate (positive cases per 100,000 people) as of 7/12/2020||Case fatality percentage (percent of cases who died) as of 7/12/2020|
|Fond du Lac||396||11,158||6||387.0||2%|
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