Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

Active COVID-19 Hospitalizations Jump 59% This Week To New Record

Wisconsin's record COVID-19 caseload is leading to a record number of hospitalizations.

By - Sep 25th, 2020 04:49 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

Another day, another record hospitalization total. It’s been the story of the week.

The number of people actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of COVID-19 has climbed steadily in September. As of Wednesday afternoon, it crossed 500 for the first time. On Thursday it went higher. Friday it went higher yet.

A total of 543 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 15 from Thursday and 201 from a week ago. The Department of Health Services reports that 65 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours, bringing the outbreak total to 6,962.

The change comes as DHS reported that 2,502 people tested positive in the past 24 hours. That’s the second-highest total ever reported, following the 2,533 reported last Friday.

The new cases come from 15,079 processed tests, the highest total since August 6th. The number of tests processed in the past seven days has climbed to 81,936, the highest total since August 12th. A high of 99,920 was recorded for the week ending August 6th.

The seven-day case total fell to 13,549 from yesterday’s record high of 13,578. 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 16.54 and 15.94 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.

Nine deaths were reported by DHS, bringing the statewide total to 1,274. There have been 527 deaths recorded in Milwaukee County. An average of 5.8 deaths per day have been reported across the state over the past 30 days.

Brown County has recorded 3,264.7 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 3,157.9). According to DHS data, 2957.9 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (up from 2,929.9) since the outbreak began.

Forest (2,799), La Crosse (2,489.6), Walworth (2,484), Racine (2,419.5), Iron (2,361.4), Kewaunee (2,354.2) and Outagamie (2,192.6) are the only other counties with more than 2,100 cases per 100,000 residents.

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 1,917.1 (up from 1,832.4). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 390.9 per 100,000 in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released Wednesday.

A total of 110,828 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 9/25/2020 Percent of confirmed cases as of 9/25/2020
Ever hospitalized 6,962 6%
Never hospitalized 63,269 57%
Unknown 40,597 37%
Total 110,828 100%

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 9/25/2020 226 3,865 13 4 1,102.70 1.80%
Ashland 9/25/2020 90 2,514 10 2 567.4 2.20%
Barron 9/25/2020 444 8,818 21 4 967.7 0.90%
Bayfield 9/25/2020 96 2,883 9 1 631.4 1.00%
Brown 9/25/2020 8,499 68,470 182 62 3,264.70 0.70%
Buffalo 9/25/2020 134 2,482 4 2 991.9 1.50%
Burnett 9/25/2020 172 2,631 7 3 1,113.50 1.70%
Calumet 9/25/2020 1,012 9,787 44 3 1,966.00 0.30%
Chippewa 9/25/2020 517 14,248 26 0 805 0.00%
Clark 9/25/2020 373 5,408 32 8 1,073.70 2.10%
Columbia 9/25/2020 573 14,476 49 2 1,003.00 0.30%
Crawford 9/25/2020 156 4,343 4 0 942.3 0.00%
Dane 9/25/2020 9,345 194,393 471 41 1,768.20 0.40%
Dodge 9/25/2020 1,782 22,659 24 14 1,997.60 0.80%
Door 9/25/2020 300 6,481 28 3 1,069.50 1.00%
Douglas 9/25/2020 417 7,557 4 0 950.4 0.00%
Dunn 9/25/2020 472 8,085 25 0 1,054.10 0.00%
Eau Claire 9/25/2020 1,776 21,730 21 6 1,726.10 0.30%
Florence 9/25/2020 87 855 0 1 1,967.90 1.10%
Fond du Lac 9/25/2020 1,953 22,901 52 13 1,889.30 0.70%
Forest 9/25/2020 257 1,697 3 4 2,799.00 1.60%
Grant 9/25/2020 926 13,134 42 19 1,768.10 2.10%
Green 9/25/2020 475 7,899 20 2 1,288.50 0.40%
Green Lake 9/25/2020 244 3,698 51 0 1,278.30 0.00%
Iowa 9/25/2020 177 5,365 24 0 743.7 0.00%
Iron 9/25/2020 138 1,485 7 1 2,361.40 0.70%
Jackson 9/25/2020 133 6,344 4 1 644.3 0.80%
Jefferson 9/25/2020 1,331 18,695 74 8 1,571.90 0.60%
Juneau 9/25/2020 364 8,416 4 2 1,352.80 0.50%
Kenosha 9/25/2020 3,428 37,356 401 65 2,037.70 1.90%
Kewaunee 9/25/2020 486 3,795 5 2 2,354.20 0.40%
La Crosse 9/25/2020 2,946 24,857 152 2 2,489.60 0.10%
Lafayette 9/25/2020 260 3,398 6 0 1,540.00 0.00%
Langlade 9/25/2020 158 3,319 2 2 798.9 1.30%
Lincoln 9/25/2020 186 4,713 11 1 654 0.50%
Manitowoc 9/25/2020 992 14,232 79 3 1,236.10 0.30%
Marathon 9/25/2020 1,234 20,620 99 14 915.8 1.10%
Marinette 9/25/2020 854 9,588 19 8 2,086.10 0.90%
Marquette 9/25/2020 238 3,113 8 1 1,547.70 0.40%
Menominee 9/25/2020 63 2,385 0 0 1,437.70 0.00%
Milwaukee 9/25/2020 27,937 249,974 1,703 527 2,957.90 1.90%
Monroe 9/25/2020 475 10,023 14 2 1,032.70 0.40%
Oconto 9/25/2020 794 8,734 47 4 2,091.60 0.50%
Oneida 9/25/2020 419 8,247 6 2 1,166.70 0.50%
Outagamie 9/25/2020 4,030 40,788 235 29 2,192.60 0.70%
Ozaukee 9/25/2020 1,304 18,257 95 19 1,475.80 1.50%
Pepin 9/25/2020 59 1,420 2 0 802.8 0.00%
Pierce 9/25/2020 428 7,577 240 7 1,028.00 1.60%
Polk 9/25/2020 236 8,777 10 2 537.6 0.80%
Portage 9/25/2020 1,335 12,522 37 4 1,887.80 0.30%
Price 9/25/2020 73 2,542 2 0 528.7 0.00%
Racine 9/25/2020 4,723 64,143 451 95 2,419.50 2.00%
Richland 9/25/2020 118 4,698 11 4 666.2 3.40%
Rock 9/25/2020 2,447 35,253 194 32 1,526.80 1.30%
Rusk 9/25/2020 59 2,293 6 1 405.9 1.70%
Sauk 9/25/2020 868 18,626 59 3 1,384.70 0.30%
Sawyer 9/25/2020 202 4,465 0 1 1,219.10 0.50%
Shawano 9/25/2020 732 9,102 5 1 1,774.10 0.10%
Sheboygan 9/25/2020 1,549 22,228 61 15 1,352.70 1.00%
St. Croix 9/25/2020 885 15,596 64 8 1,003.80 0.90%
Taylor 9/25/2020 167 2,752 3 4 811.5 2.40%
Trempealeau 9/25/2020 610 6,566 17 2 2,079.60 0.30%
Vernon 9/25/2020 208 5,802 5 0 686.8 0.00%
Vilas 9/25/2020 193 4,312 5 1 891.2 0.50%
Walworth 9/25/2020 2,549 23,520 146 35 2,484.00 1.40%
Washburn 9/25/2020 98 2,826 4 1 618.2 1.00%
Washington 9/25/2020 2,497 24,256 72 32 1,856.70 1.30%
Waukesha 9/25/2020 7,075 79,469 665 87 1,774.80 1.20%
Waupaca 9/25/2020 987 10,377 109 20 1,907.90 2.00%
Waushara 9/25/2020 320 6,638 6 2 1,317.00 0.60%
Winnebago 9/25/2020 3,378 38,795 141 25 1,994.80 0.70%
Wood 9/25/2020 759 14,372 49 5 1,025.30 0.70%

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One thought on “WI Daily: Active COVID-19 Hospitalizations Jump 59% This Week To New Record”

  1. Thomas Sepllman says:

    Since we know there is a % that will die of those who test positive and we know that there is a pattern of how many test positive each day we can without using complicated formulas make simple projection statement and then in a month check which path the public took, ie we are at 1000 new case a day and that means that in Wisconsin there will be 20 PEMATURE deaths (ie rate time positive case). We all die but COVID is taking folks before there normal time to die. If there were 100 positive instead of 1000 WHO is responsible for those additional excess deaths??? In this example 18 NOW we begin to focus on the POLICY and THOSE who are responsible for the public’s awareness and willingness to follow the policy. Such stories and it looks like another year will begin to help all of us understand and more importantly change. Peace

    It is important to establish excess deaths as that is one of the arguments that COVID is not real.

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