Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

Hospitalizations Reach Highest Point Since Early April

Threshold crossed as state sees record surge in cases.

By - Sep 21st, 2020 09:04 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

The number of people hospitalized with a confirmed case of COVID-19 has climbed steadily in September. It’s now reached its highest point since April 14th (441).

A total of 433 Wisconsin residents are actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association COVID-19 dashboard. The figure is up 26 from Sunday and 92 from a week ago. DHS reports that 39 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours, bringing the outbreak total to 6,692.

The hospitalizations, a lagging indicator of the disease’s spread, come as the state is reporting record numbers of new cases.

The Department of Health Services reported that 1,271 people tested positive in the past 24 hours, the lowest total reported in a week. But Monday’s data release is often the lowest total reported in the week and the latest figure sets a record for the day.

The new cases come from 6,796 processed tests, the lowest in a week. The number of tests processed in the past seven days has climbed to 76,562, the highest total since August 13th. 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 12,542. 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 16.38 and 15.76 percent, both of which are 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.

Two deaths was reported by DHS, bringing the statewide total to 1,244. There have been 521 deaths recorded in Milwaukee County. An average of 5.43 deaths per day have been reported across the state over the past 30 days.

Brown County has recorded 2,905.2 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 2,874.8). According to DHS data, 2,855.9 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (up from 2,843.9) since the outbreak began. Walworth County has a rate of 2,395.4 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 2,366.1).

Forest (2,330.6), Iron (2,327.2), Racine (2,311.4), La Crosse (2,215.8), Kenosha (1,961) and Outgamie (1,949.4) are the only other counties with more than 1,900 cases per 100,000 residents.

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 1,773 (up from 1,751). 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 102,498 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 9/21/2020 Percent of confirmed cases as of 9/21/2020
Ever hospitalized 6,692 7%
Never hospitalized 58,537 57%
Unknown 37,269 36%
Total 102,498 100%

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 9/21/2020 205 3,698 13 4 1,000.20 2.00%
Ashland 9/21/2020 62 2,374 7 2 390.8 3.20%
Barron 9/21/2020 420 8,356 21 4 915.4 1.00%
Bayfield 9/21/2020 83 2,717 8 1 545.9 1.20%
Brown 9/21/2020 7,563 65,675 172 59 2,905.20 0.80%
Buffalo 9/21/2020 121 2,379 4 2 895.7 1.70%
Burnett 9/21/2020 124 2,536 4 3 802.7 2.40%
Calumet 9/21/2020 894 9,328 35 2 1,736.70 0.20%
Chippewa 9/21/2020 480 13,887 25 0 747.4 0.00%
Clark 9/21/2020 325 5,215 28 8 935.5 2.50%
Columbia 9/21/2020 514 14,152 45 2 899.7 0.40%
Crawford 9/21/2020 141 4,246 4 0 851.7 0.00%
Dane 9/21/2020 8,895 187,412 455 41 1,683.10 0.50%
Dodge 9/21/2020 1,626 21,745 23 9 1,822.80 0.60%
Door 9/21/2020 238 6,347 17 3 848.5 1.30%
Douglas 9/21/2020 390 7,140 7 0 888.9 0.00%
Dunn 9/21/2020 385 7,876 21 0 859.8 0.00%
Eau Claire 9/21/2020 1,617 21,015 20 6 1,571.50 0.40%
Florence 9/21/2020 69 814 0 1 1,560.70 1.40%
Fond du Lac 9/21/2020 1,785 22,153 47 13 1,726.80 0.70%
Forest 9/21/2020 214 1,487 2 4 2,330.60 1.90%
Grant 9/21/2020 831 12,963 40 19 1,586.70 2.30%
Green 9/21/2020 443 7,566 20 2 1,201.70 0.50%
Green Lake 9/21/2020 199 3,541 42 0 1,042.50 0.00%
Iowa 9/21/2020 152 5,148 24 0 638.7 0.00%
Iron 9/21/2020 136 1,443 7 1 2,327.20 0.70%
Jackson 9/21/2020 107 6,243 3 1 518.3 0.90%
Jefferson 9/21/2020 1,229 18,130 73 7 1,451.40 0.60%
Juneau 9/21/2020 328 8,091 4 2 1,219.00 0.60%
Kenosha 9/21/2020 3,299 36,407 381 65 1,961.00 2.00%
Kewaunee 9/21/2020 383 3,444 6 2 1,855.30 0.50%
La Crosse 9/21/2020 2,622 23,848 140 2 2,215.80 0.10%
Lafayette 9/21/2020 219 3,281 5 0 1,297.20 0.00%
Langlade 9/21/2020 132 3,174 1 2 667.4 1.50%
Lincoln 9/21/2020 143 4,405 10 1 502.8 0.70%
Manitowoc 9/21/2020 882 13,872 52 2 1,099.00 0.20%
Marathon 9/21/2020 1,081 19,761 96 14 802.3 1.30%
Marinette 9/21/2020 750 9,334 19 7 1,832.00 0.90%
Marquette 9/21/2020 195 2,939 8 1 1,268.00 0.50%
Menominee 9/21/2020 49 2,274 0 0 1,118.20 0.00%
Milwaukee 9/21/2020 26,973 245,191 1,627 521 2,855.90 1.90%
Monroe 9/21/2020 399 9,671 12 2 867.4 0.50%
Oconto 9/21/2020 685 8,247 35 4 1,804.40 0.60%
Oneida 9/21/2020 341 7,692 7 2 949.5 0.60%
Outagamie 9/21/2020 3,583 38,134 223 27 1,949.40 0.80%
Ozaukee 9/21/2020 1,217 17,237 94 19 1,377.30 1.60%
Pepin 9/21/2020 56 1,369 2 0 762 0.00%
Pierce 9/21/2020 396 7,203 213 6 951.1 1.50%
Polk 9/21/2020 220 8,488 6 2 501.1 0.90%
Portage 9/21/2020 1,218 12,130 43 4 1,722.30 0.30%
Price 9/21/2020 51 2,401 2 0 369.4 0.00%
Racine 9/21/2020 4,512 61,736 409 94 2,311.40 2.10%
Richland 9/21/2020 92 4,229 11 4 519.4 4.30%
Rock 9/21/2020 2,268 34,424 191 32 1,415.20 1.40%
Rusk 9/21/2020 50 2,201 6 1 344 2.00%
Sauk 9/21/2020 806 18,536 57 3 1,285.80 0.40%
Sawyer 9/21/2020 195 4,368 0 1 1,176.90 0.50%
Shawano 9/21/2020 588 8,709 5 1 1,425.10 0.20%
Sheboygan 9/21/2020 1,454 21,720 52 14 1,269.70 1.00%
St. Croix 9/21/2020 833 14,981 60 8 944.8 1.00%
Taylor 9/21/2020 151 2,652 3 3 733.7 2.00%
Trempealeau 9/21/2020 536 6,345 16 2 1,827.40 0.40%
Vernon 9/21/2020 180 5,464 5 0 594.3 0.00%
Vilas 9/21/2020 172 4,210 4 1 794.2 0.60%
Walworth 9/21/2020 2,458 22,612 145 34 2,395.40 1.40%
Washburn 9/21/2020 92 2,734 3 1 580.3 1.10%
Washington 9/21/2020 2,268 23,255 70 32 1,686.40 1.40%
Waukesha 9/21/2020 6,664 77,064 619 85 1,671.70 1.30%
Waupaca 9/21/2020 920 10,055 103 20 1,778.40 2.20%
Waushara 9/21/2020 275 6,483 7 2 1,131.80 0.70%
Winnebago 9/21/2020 2,822 37,966 131 23 1,666.40 0.80%
Wood 9/21/2020 692 13,704 40 4 934.8 0.60%

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