Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

Record 1,017 People Actively Hospitalized With COVID-19

Average daily death toll hits all-time record.

By - Oct 14th, 2020 04:04 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 3,107 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon, the third-highest total on record.

Wednesday’s results come from 14,542 processed tests. The seven-day testing total grew to 94,965, up from 63,193 a month ago. A high of 99,920 tests was recorded for the week ending August 6th.

A total of 19,880 cases were recorded in the past seven days, a new high. The seven-day case high before September, and now October, brought a surge of cases with it was 6,512 for the week of July 26th.

The increase in testing hasn’t resulted in the percentage of people testing positive falling. The seven and 14-day positive case rates now stand at 20.93% and 20.01%. The figure measures the percentage of tests that indicate a new case of COVID-19. The 14-day figure hit a low of 2.69% 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.

“Our current surge in cases will lead to more hospitalizations, which is why we must be prepared,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm during a press briefing Tuesday.

And while Palm is predicting a surge of hospitalizations in the future, Wisconsin is already a surge of hospitalizations related to past cases.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 1,017 active hospitalizations on Wednesday afternoon, a record high. The total is up 58 from Tuesday and up 144 from a week ago. Thirty days ago the figure stood at 343.

DHS reports that 153 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours, bringing the outbreak total to 8,754. The total is a one-day record.

The ultimate lagging indicator of the disease’s spread, death, is increasing in absolute numbers.

DHS reported a record 28 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 1,536. There have been 554 deaths recorded in Milwaukee County. An average of 10.87 deaths per day have been reported across the state over the past 30 days, the highest average on record. A month ago the rolling average was 6.03.

As evidence of the outstate spread, in just the past month Milwaukee County has gone from having a runaway lead on the worst all-time per-capita spread of the disease to the 10th-worst. And it’s done so while the spread of the disease accelerated in the county.

Brown County has recorded 4,694.1 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 4,626.8). Oconto County has recorded 4,233.2 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 4,172.6). Forest County has record 4,182.1 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 4,084.1).

Shawano, Kewaunee, Menominee, Calumet, Winnebago and Outagamie counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.

According to DHS data, 3,550.3 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (up from 3,499.1) since the outbreak began.

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 2,743.1 (up from 2,689.3). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 566.8 per 100,000 in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released last Wednesday.

Charts and Maps

Data from DHS.

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.

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) Deaths per 100,000 people (counties) Case fatality percentage****
Adams 10/14/2020 334 4,604 20 4 1,629.70 19.5 1.20%
Ashland 10/14/2020 208 3,549 9 3 1,311.20 18.9 1.40%
Barron 10/14/2020 678 10,225 29 6 1,477.80 13.1 0.90%
Bayfield 10/14/2020 161 3,601 9 1 1,058.90 6.6 0.60%
Brown 10/14/2020 12,220 79,159 242 79 4,694.10 30.3 0.60%
Buffalo 10/14/2020 185 2,877 4 2 1,369.50 14.8 1.10%
Burnett 10/14/2020 250 3,128 15 4 1,618.40 25.9 1.60%
Calumet 10/14/2020 2,040 11,697 61 10 3,963.00 19.4 0.50%
Chippewa 10/14/2020 887 16,653 29 1 1,381.20 1.6 0.10%
Clark 10/14/2020 578 6,257 50 9 1,663.70 25.9 1.60%
Columbia 10/14/2020 1,229 17,624 58 4 2,151.30 7 0.30%
Crawford 10/14/2020 261 4,731 7 0 1,576.60 0 0.00%
Dane 10/14/2020 11,855 211,170 515 46 2,243.20 8.7 0.40%
Dodge 10/14/2020 2,733 25,258 77 19 3,063.70 21.3 0.70%
Door 10/14/2020 562 7,934 31 4 2,003.50 14.3 0.70%
Douglas 10/14/2020 648 9,129 6 1 1,477.00 2.3 0.20%
Dunn 10/14/2020 791 9,174 35 1 1,766.50 2.2 0.10%
Eau Claire 10/14/2020 2,471 26,464 21 9 2,401.50 8.7 0.40%
Florence 10/14/2020 143 997 2 4 3,234.60 90.5 2.80%
Fond du Lac 10/14/2020 3,135 26,491 86 16 3,032.70 15.5 0.50%
Forest 10/14/2020 384 2,171 6 9 4,182.10 98 2.30%
Grant 10/14/2020 1,479 14,594 56 23 2,823.90 43.9 1.60%
Green 10/14/2020 742 9,461 20 3 2,012.80 8.1 0.40%
Green Lake 10/14/2020 521 4,584 80 2 2,729.50 10.5 0.40%
Iowa 10/14/2020 321 6,420 26 0 1,348.80 0 0.00%
Iron 10/14/2020 159 1,620 14 1 2,720.70 17.1 0.60%
Jackson 10/14/2020 225 6,857 5 1 1,089.90 4.8 0.40%
Jefferson 10/14/2020 2,050 21,884 78 9 2,421.00 10.6 0.40%
Juneau 10/14/2020 555 9,921 4 3 2,062.60 11.1 0.50%
Kenosha 10/14/2020 4,140 41,038 449 69 2,460.90 41 1.70%
Kewaunee 10/14/2020 841 4,665 21 4 4,073.80 19.4 0.50%
La Crosse 10/14/2020 3,605 28,946 150 11 3,046.50 9.3 0.30%
Lafayette 10/14/2020 429 4,026 9 0 2,541.00 0 0.00%
Langlade 10/14/2020 566 4,170 5 4 2,861.90 20.2 0.70%
Lincoln 10/14/2020 462 6,053 16 4 1,624.40 14.1 0.90%
Manitowoc 10/14/2020 1,890 16,319 195 7 2,355.00 8.7 0.40%
Marathon 10/14/2020 2,899 22,887 175 31 2,151.50 23 1.10%
Marinette 10/14/2020 1,330 11,126 75 9 3,248.80 22 0.70%
Marquette 10/14/2020 455 3,770 14 2 2,958.80 13 0.40%
Menominee 10/14/2020 183 2,954 0 0 4,176.20 0 0.00%
Milwaukee 10/14/2020 33,532 275,663 2,064 554 3,550.30 58.7 1.70%
Monroe 10/14/2020 813 11,435 18 3 1,767.50 6.5 0.40%
Oconto 10/14/2020 1,607 10,464 73 6 4,233.20 15.8 0.40%
Oneida 10/14/2020 805 10,078 12 5 2,241.50 13.9 0.60%
Outagamie 10/14/2020 6,928 44,399 329 46 3,769.30 25 0.70%
Ozaukee 10/14/2020 1,684 20,211 151 21 1,905.80 23.8 1.20%
Pepin 10/14/2020 81 1,635 2 0 1,102.20 0 0.00%
Pierce 10/14/2020 548 8,934 250 7 1,316.20 16.8 1.30%
Polk 10/14/2020 363 10,059 13 2 826.9 4.6 0.60%
Portage 10/14/2020 2,004 15,317 52 14 2,833.80 19.8 0.70%
Price 10/14/2020 250 3,275 7 0 1,810.50 0 0.00%
Racine 10/14/2020 5,840 71,827 595 101 2,991.80 51.7 1.70%
Richland 10/14/2020 332 6,310 13 6 1,874.40 33.9 1.80%
Rock 10/14/2020 3,538 39,465 209 37 2,207.60 23.1 1.00%
Rusk 10/14/2020 103 2,433 8 1 708.7 6.9 1.00%
Sauk 10/14/2020 1,328 21,424 61 6 2,118.50 9.6 0.50%
Sawyer 10/14/2020 293 5,001 0 1 1,768.40 6 0.30%
Shawano 10/14/2020 1,720 10,846 10 8 4,168.70 19.4 0.50%
Sheboygan 10/14/2020 2,710 26,317 95 20 2,366.50 17.5 0.70%
St. Croix 10/14/2020 1,305 18,674 80 9 1,480.10 10.2 0.70%
Taylor 10/14/2020 309 3,302 6 6 1,501.50 29.2 1.90%
Trempealeau 10/14/2020 816 6,923 19 2 2,781.90 6.8 0.20%
Vernon 10/14/2020 394 7,637 5 3 1,300.90 9.9 0.80%
Vilas 10/14/2020 367 4,986 18 3 1,694.70 13.9 0.80%
Walworth 10/14/2020 2,959 25,588 214 36 2,883.60 35.1 1.20%
Washburn 10/14/2020 161 3,297 9 2 1,015.60 12.6 1.20%
Washington 10/14/2020 3,472 27,163 151 40 2,581.70 29.7 1.20%
Waukesha 10/14/2020 9,532 90,473 847 98 2,391.10 24.6 1.00%
Waupaca 10/14/2020 1,741 11,363 140 27 3,365.50 52.2 1.60%
Waushara 10/14/2020 653 7,532 7 3 2,687.50 12.3 0.50%
Winnebago 10/14/2020 6,603 45,240 275 46 3,899.20 27.2 0.70%
Wood 10/14/2020 1,182 16,930 67 8 1,596.70 10.8 0.70%

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