Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

One Out of 50 Wisconsin Residents Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Active hospitalizations hit another record high.

By - Sep 29th, 2020 03:45 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

Wisconsin’s surge in COVID-19 cases has pushed the state past another benchmark.

According to the Department of Health Services, 2,075 out of every 100,000 residents have tested positive for the disease. That per-capita figure can be better represented with a different denominator.

One out of every 50 residents has tested positive for COVID-19.

The figure varies tremendously by county, with Brown County leading the way at 3,542.8 cases per 100,000 residents. Rusk County has the lowest per capita rate at 440.3 cases per 100,000 residents. A complete list is available at the end of the article.

Wisconsin crossed the one in 100 threshold on August 7th, approximately five months after the pandemic took hold in the state. Doubling from that point took less than two months.

Of the 119,955 Wisconsin residents that have tested positive, 28,651 have come in the last two weeks (23.8 percent).

That surge in cases has brought a surge in hospitalizations with it. Hospitalizations, and deaths, are a lagging indicator of the disease’s spread.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported a record 646 active COVID-19-positive hospitalizations on Tuesday afternoon. The figure is up six from Monday and 172 from a week ago.

DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said Tuesday during a media briefing that the state is closer to needing its field hospitals, constructed in April for emergency care, than it ever has been.

DHS reports that 67 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours, bringing the outbreak total to 7,209.

DHS reported 2,367 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

The new cases come from 10,764 processed tests. But the number of tests processed in the past seven days fell to 81,067, the lowest total in five days. A high of 99,920 was recorded for the week ending August 6th.

While testing isn’t at a record high, cases are. The seven-day case total climbed to 15,785. 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 19.47 and 18.15 percent, both of which are all-time highs. 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.

DHS reported 17 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide total at 1,300. It was the highest one day total since May 30th. There have been 529 deaths recorded in Milwaukee County. An average of 5.93 deaths per day have been reported across the state over the past 30 days.

Brown County has recorded 3,542.8 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 3,451.4). According to DHS data, 3,147.5 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (up from 3,037.9 ) since the outbreak began.

Forest (3,063.5), Kewaunee (2,833.8), La Crosse (2,615.5), Outagamie (2,589.8), Walworth (2,551.3), Racine (2,534.3), Iron (2,447.3), Oconto (2,412.9.7) and Marinette (2,401.1) are the only other counties with more than 2,400 cases per 100,000 residents.

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 2,075 (up from 2,004.2). 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 119,955 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 9/29/2020 Percent of confirmed cases as of 9/29/2020
Ever hospitalized 7,209 6%
Never hospitalized 67,882 57%
Unknown 44,864 37%
Total 119,955 100%

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 9/29/2020 255 4,068 15 4 1,244.20 1.60%
Ashland 9/29/2020 122 2,884 10 2 769.1 1.60%
Barron 9/29/2020 482 8,995 22 5 1,050.60 1.00%
Bayfield 9/29/2020 113 3,089 10 1 743.2 0.90%
Brown 9/29/2020 9,223 69,076 186 63 3,542.80 0.70%
Buffalo 9/29/2020 141 2,609 4 2 1,043.70 1.40%
Burnett 9/29/2020 199 2,815 8 3 1,288.30 1.50%
Calumet 9/29/2020 1,236 10,197 42 4 2,401.10 0.30%
Chippewa 9/29/2020 567 14,825 27 0 882.9 0.00%
Clark 9/29/2020 407 5,562 36 8 1,171.50 2.00%
Columbia 9/29/2020 657 15,382 48 3 1,150.00 0.50%
Crawford 9/29/2020 173 4,423 4 0 1,045.00 0.00%
Dane 9/29/2020 9,857 197,220 474 42 1,865.10 0.40%
Dodge 9/29/2020 1,931 23,085 29 17 2,164.70 0.90%
Door 9/29/2020 354 6,499 29 3 1,262.00 0.80%
Douglas 9/29/2020 493 7,932 4 0 1,123.70 0.00%
Dunn 9/29/2020 593 8,357 25 0 1,324.30 0.00%
Eau Claire 9/29/2020 1,969 22,457 22 6 1,913.60 0.30%
Florence 9/29/2020 96 884 0 2 2,171.50 2.10%
Fond du Lac 9/29/2020 2,171 23,584 55 14 2,100.20 0.60%
Forest 9/29/2020 289 1,759 3 6 3,147.50 2.10%
Grant 9/29/2020 1,030 13,470 44 19 1,966.60 1.80%
Green 9/29/2020 536 8,297 22 3 1,454.00 0.60%
Green Lake 9/29/2020 296 3,911 53 0 1,550.70 0.00%
Iowa 9/29/2020 187 5,556 24 0 785.7 0.00%
Iron 9/29/2020 143 1,501 7 1 2,447.00 0.70%
Jackson 9/29/2020 152 6,464 4 1 736.3 0.70%
Jefferson 9/29/2020 1,486 19,447 74 8 1,754.90 0.50%
Juneau 9/29/2020 388 8,902 4 2 1,442.00 0.50%
Kenosha 9/29/2020 3,549 37,909 403 67 2,109.60 1.90%
Kewaunee 9/29/2020 585 3,965 6 2 2,833.80 0.30%
La Crosse 9/29/2020 3,095 25,426 149 2 2,615.50 0.10%
Lafayette 9/29/2020 299 3,534 6 0 1,771.00 0.00%
Langlade 9/29/2020 198 3,420 1 2 1,001.20 1.00%
Lincoln 9/29/2020 234 4,928 11 1 822.7 0.40%
Manitowoc 9/29/2020 1,170 14,340 92 3 1,457.90 0.30%
Marathon 9/29/2020 1,458 20,857 105 14 1,082.10 1.00%
Marinette 9/29/2020 976 10,001 19 8 2,384.10 0.80%
Marquette 9/29/2020 281 3,314 12 1 1,827.30 0.40%
Menominee 9/29/2020 81 2,536 0 0 1,848.50 0.00%
Milwaukee 9/29/2020 28,934 252,552 1,756 529 3,063.50 1.80%
Monroe 9/29/2020 549 10,354 14 3 1,193.50 0.50%
Oconto 9/29/2020 916 8,874 52 4 2,412.90 0.40%
Oneida 9/29/2020 461 8,495 6 2 1,283.70 0.40%
Outagamie 9/29/2020 4,760 41,458 237 29 2,589.80 0.60%
Ozaukee 9/29/2020 1,385 18,423 95 19 1,567.50 1.40%
Pepin 9/29/2020 67 1,471 2 0 911.7 0.00%
Pierce 9/29/2020 448 7,903 245 7 1,076.00 1.60%
Polk 9/29/2020 250 9,005 10 2 569.5 0.80%
Portage 9/29/2020 1,481 13,037 38 6 2,094.20 0.40%
Price 9/29/2020 118 2,708 3 0 854.6 0.00%
Racine 9/29/2020 4,947 65,530 475 95 2,534.30 1.90%
Richland 9/29/2020 141 4,960 12 4 796.1 2.80%
Rock 9/29/2020 2,601 36,248 195 32 1,622.90 1.20%
Rusk 9/29/2020 64 2,374 7 1 440.3 1.60%
Sauk 9/29/2020 928 18,882 59 3 1,480.40 0.30%
Sawyer 9/29/2020 219 4,552 0 1 1,321.70 0.50%
Shawano 9/29/2020 968 9,570 6 1 2,346.10 0.10%
Sheboygan 9/29/2020 1,710 23,099 67 16 1,493.30 0.90%
St. Croix 9/29/2020 947 16,258 64 8 1,074.10 0.80%
Taylor 9/29/2020 194 2,851 3 4 942.7 2.10%
Trempealeau 9/29/2020 656 6,773 19 2 2,236.50 0.30%
Vernon 9/29/2020 238 6,177 5 1 785.8 0.40%
Vilas 9/29/2020 227 4,512 8 1 1,048.20 0.40%
Walworth 9/29/2020 2,618 23,860 154 35 2,551.30 1.30%
Washburn 9/29/2020 113 2,937 6 1 712.8 0.90%
Washington 9/29/2020 2,662 24,741 74 32 1,979.40 1.20%
Waukesha 9/29/2020 7,529 80,981 683 89 1,888.70 1.20%
Waupaca 9/29/2020 1,092 10,565 118 20 2,110.90 1.80%
Waushara 9/29/2020 372 6,803 6 2 1,531.00 0.50%
Winnebago 9/29/2020 4,057 39,490 151 27 2,395.70 0.70%
Wood 9/29/2020 831 14,851 50 5 1,122.60 0.60%

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