Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

Over 2,000 New Cases For The First Time

9,865 cases in the past seven days, a record high.

By - Sep 17th, 2020 03:31 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

Wisconsin set another new single-day high for new COVID-19 cases on Thursday afternoon according to the Department of Health Services (DHS).

For the first time, Wisconsin recorded over 2,000 cases in a 24 hour period. DHS reported 2,034 new cases on Thursday. The previous high was 1,582.

It’s the third time in the last eight days that the state has set a new high.

The 2,034 cases come from 11,445 processed tests, the lowest total over the past three days. Testing is still down from June, July and much of August, but trended upward in the past week. The seven-day testing total now stand at 69,141 tests, the highest it has been since August 17th. A high of 99,920 was recorded for the week ending August 6th.

And while testing isn’t at an all-time high, cases are. The seven-day case total hit 9,865. The high before September brought a surge of cases with it was 6,512 for the week of July 26th.

The seven- and 14-day positive case rates now stand at 14.27 and 13.86 percent, the latter of which is an all-time high. The figure is a measure of the percentage of tests that indicate a new case of the disease. The 14-day figure hit a low of 2.69 percent on June 19th.

Officials have looked for the positive case rate to trend downward to indicate a slowing spread of disease and sufficient testing. Multiple public health benchmarks call for the positive case figure to be sustained under five percent. During an appearance before the Milwaukee Press Club, last Wednesday Governor Tony Evers called the five percent figure a “golden target” and encouraged more people to get tested.

A lagging indicator of the disease’s spread, hospitalizations, is again trending upward.

A total of 347 Wisconsin residents are actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association COVID-19 dashboard. The figure is down 23 from Wednesday and up 43 from a week ago. DHS reports that 68 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours, bringing the outbreak total to 6,522.

Three deaths were reported by DHS, bringing the statewide total to 1,231. There have been 519 deaths recorded in Milwaukee County. An average of 5.97 deaths per day have been reported across the state over the past 30 days.

According to DHS data, 2,766.4 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (up from 2,723.3) since the outbreak began. Brown County has recorded 2,693 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 2,493). Iron County, the northernmost county that borders Michigan, has 2,327.2 cases per 100,000 residents (no change).

Walworth (2,272.6), Racine (2,227.4), Forest (2,003.9), Kenosha (1,905.7), La Crosse (1,792.4) and Trempealeau (1,701.2) are the only other counties with more than 1,700 cases per 100,000 residents.

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 1,638.9 (up from 1,603.7). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 269.6 per 100,000 in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released Wednesday.

A total of 94,746 residents have tested positive for the disease.

Charts and Maps

Data from DHS.

Percent of COVID-19 cases by hospitalization status

Hospitalization status Number of confirmed cases as of 9/17/2020 Percent of confirmed cases as of 9/17/2020
Ever hospitalized 6,522 7%
Never hospitalized 54,949 58%
Unknown 33,275 35%
Total 94,746 100%

 

Percent of COVID-19 cases resulting in hospitalization within age group

Data from DHS.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender

Data from DHS.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race

Data from DHS.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity

Data from DHS.

Number of positive cases and deaths by county

Number of confirmed cases Number of negatives* Number of probable cases Number of deaths** Cases per 100,000 people (counties) Case fatality percentage***
Adams 9/17/2020 181 3,562 13 3 883.1 1.70%
Ashland 9/17/2020 48 2,292 6 2 302.6 4.20%
Barron 9/17/2020 405 8,249 21 4 882.7 1.00%
Bayfield 9/17/2020 73 2,667 8 1 480.1 1.40%
Brown 9/17/2020 7,013 65,070 172 59 2,693.90 0.80%
Buffalo 9/17/2020 117 2,234 4 2 866.1 1.70%
Burnett 9/17/2020 97 2,485 3 2 628 2.10%
Calumet 9/17/2020 769 8,968 38 2 1,493.90 0.30%
Chippewa 9/17/2020 447 13,295 24 0 696 0.00%
Clark 9/17/2020 307 5,055 26 8 883.7 2.60%
Columbia 9/17/2020 471 13,162 44 2 824.5 0.40%
Crawford 9/17/2020 133 4,183 4 0 803.4 0.00%
Dane 9/17/2020 8,242 179,874 454 41 1,559.50 0.50%
Dodge 9/17/2020 1,512 21,174 23 9 1,695.00 0.60%
Door 9/17/2020 209 6,314 11 3 745.1 1.40%
Douglas 9/17/2020 351 6,936 8 0 800 0.00%
Dunn 9/17/2020 289 7,524 20 0 645.4 0.00%
Eau Claire 9/17/2020 1,398 20,641 20 6 1,358.70 0.40%
Florence 9/17/2020 52 795 0 0 1,176.20 0.00%
Fond du Lac 9/17/2020 1,582 21,376 45 12 1,530.40 0.80%
Forest 9/17/2020 184 1,395 2 4 2,003.90 2.20%
Grant 9/17/2020 673 12,035 39 19 1,285.00 2.80%
Green 9/17/2020 384 7,212 20 2 1,041.70 0.50%
Green Lake 9/17/2020 154 3,413 38 0 806.8 0.00%
Iowa 9/17/2020 138 4,994 26 0 579.9 0.00%
Iron 9/17/2020 136 1,431 7 1 2,327.20 0.70%
Jackson 9/17/2020 96 6,136 3 1 465 1.00%
Jefferson 9/17/2020 1,133 17,711 70 7 1,338.10 0.60%
Juneau 9/17/2020 293 7,881 5 1 1,088.90 0.30%
Kenosha 9/17/2020 3,206 35,726 374 65 1,905.70 2.00%
Kewaunee 9/17/2020 318 3,379 4 2 1,540.40 0.60%
La Crosse 9/17/2020 2,121 23,609 142 2 1,792.40 0.10%
Lafayette 9/17/2020 200 3,123 5 0 1,184.60 0.00%
Langlade 9/17/2020 118 3,034 1 2 596.7 1.70%
Lincoln 9/17/2020 125 4,349 8 1 439.5 0.80%
Manitowoc 9/17/2020 769 13,444 44 2 958.2 0.30%
Marathon 9/17/2020 952 19,405 82 14 706.5 1.50%
Marinette 9/17/2020 695 9,105 18 7 1,697.70 1.00%
Marquette 9/17/2020 164 2,808 9 1 1,066.50 0.60%
Menominee 9/17/2020 40 2,115 0 0 912.8 0.00%
Milwaukee 9/17/2020 26,128 243,159 1,592 519 2,766.40 2.00%
Monroe 9/17/2020 350 9,394 10 2 760.9 0.60%
Oconto 9/17/2020 608 8,082 37 4 1,601.60 0.70%
Oneida 9/17/2020 298 7,399 6 2 829.8 0.70%
Outagamie 9/17/2020 3,117 36,747 204 25 1,695.90 0.80%
Ozaukee 9/17/2020 1,151 17,213 90 19 1,302.60 1.70%
Pepin 9/17/2020 53 1,305 2 0 721.2 0.00%
Pierce 9/17/2020 358 6,833 123 6 859.9 1.70%
Polk 9/17/2020 214 8,184 7 2 487.5 0.90%
Portage 9/17/2020 1,038 12,080 33 3 1,467.80 0.30%
Price 9/17/2020 41 2,381 2 0 296.9 0.00%
Racine 9/17/2020 4,348 60,579 400 94 2,227.40 2.20%
Richland 9/17/2020 80 4,029 11 4 451.7 5.00%
Rock 9/17/2020 2,126 33,181 189 32 1,326.60 1.50%
Rusk 9/17/2020 41 2,057 6 1 282.1 2.40%
Sauk 9/17/2020 758 18,348 57 3 1,209.20 0.40%
Sawyer 9/17/2020 190 4,293 0 1 1,146.70 0.50%
Shawano 9/17/2020 440 8,511 5 1 1,066.40 0.20%
Sheboygan 9/17/2020 1,317 20,985 53 14 1,150.10 1.10%
St. Croix 9/17/2020 760 14,441 60 7 862 0.90%
Taylor 9/17/2020 143 2,575 3 3 694.8 2.10%
Trempealeau 9/17/2020 499 6,135 16 2 1,701.20 0.40%
Vernon 9/17/2020 158 5,257 5 0 521.7 0.00%
Vilas 9/17/2020 155 3,969 4 1 715.7 0.60%
Walworth 9/17/2020 2,332 22,145 142 34 2,272.60 1.50%
Washburn 9/17/2020 85 2,642 2 1 536.2 1.20%
Washington 9/17/2020 2,108 23,006 69 32 1,567.40 1.50%
Waukesha 9/17/2020 6,287 75,418 608 85 1,577.10 1.40%
Waupaca 9/17/2020 841 9,908 98 20 1,625.70 2.40%
Waushara 9/17/2020 248 6,272 7 2 1,020.70 0.80%
Winnebago 9/17/2020 2,252 36,775 112 22 1,329.80 1.00%
Wood 9/17/2020 627 13,260 34 3 847 0.50%

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