October Starts With Single-Day COVID-19 Case Record
Wisconsin's COVID-19 surge shows no signs of slowing.
September was Wisconsin’s worst month on record for the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and October is getting off to an even worse start.
Thursday afternoon the Department of Health Services reported a record number of new cases, 2,887, and of people newly hospitalized with a case of the disease, 109.
While testing isn’t at a record high, cases are. The seven-day case total climbed to 16,837. 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 20.92 and 18.96 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 rate figure to be sustained under five percent.
The lagging indicators of the disease’s spread, hospitalizations and deaths, are now both trending upward.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 669 active COVID-19-positive hospitalizations on Thursday afternoon. The figure is down 14 from Wednesday’s record high, but is up 174 from a week ago.
DHS reports that 109 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours, bringing the outbreak total to 7,409. The one-day total is a record.
DHS reported 21 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 1,348. It’s the third-highest one-day total since the pandemic began, eclipsed only by the 27 reported yesterday and 22 reported May 27th. There have been 532 deaths recorded in Milwaukee County. An average of 7.27 deaths per day have been reported across the state over the past 30 days, the highest average since June 27th.
Kewaunee (3,037.2), Outagamie (2,766.6), La Crosse (2,708.5) and Oconto (2,700.1) are the only other counties with more than 2,700 cases per 100,000 residents.
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 2,165 (up from 2,115.1). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 511.4 per 100,000 in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released Wednesday.
A total of 125,161 residents have tested positive for the disease.
Charts and Maps
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
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||10/1/2020||2,296||23,980||55||14||2,221.10||0.60%|
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