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.
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.
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
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|
Percent of COVID-19 cases resulting in hospitalization within 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
|Number of confirmed cases||Number of negatives*||Number of probable cases||Number of deaths**||Cases per 100,000 people (counties)||Case fatality percentage***|
|Fond du Lac||9/25/2020||1,953||22,901||52||13||1,889.30||0.70%|
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