43% of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Cases Have Come in Past Month
Menominee County now has worst outbreak in state, Milwaukee County falls to 12th all time.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported a record 4,591 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Tuesday afternoon. But state health officials urge caution in looking only at that number and not examining the bigger picture.
“This count reflects some of the backlog and positive cases that accumulated as the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System underwent a routine upgrade and enhancement over the weekend,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm during a press briefing Tuesday. Health departments were not able to enter new cases over the weekend, causing a backup. “Our historical data and case numbers may be higher over the next few days.” A total of 13,661 processed tests were reported, a total lower than that reported the same day last week.
The state is now averaging over 3,200 cases per day over the past week, up from 740 cases per day two months ago. “Forty-three percent of our total cases have come within the last month,” said Palm. A total of 23,011 cases have been reported in the past week, with a total of 178,482 since the pandemic began.
A figure that isn’t delayed – the number of people actively hospitalized – continues to hit new highs. The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 1,192 active hospitalizations on Tuesday. The figure is up 20 from Monday and up 233 from a week ago. Thirty days ago the figure stood at 433. DHS reported a record 218 were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours. Palm said the hospitalization figures will continue to go higher as they lag newly reported cases.
Deaths also continue to climb. At no point in the outbreak have a greater number of people died with a confirmed case of the disease each day.
DHS reported 33 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 1,633. There have been 557 deaths recorded in Milwaukee County. An average of 13.03 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 5.43.
The State Fair Park alternative care facility that opened last week is still empty according to a DHS dashboard. Officials said last week they were fielding calls from hospitals trying to send patients. But Palm said Tuesday that the hospitals are first exhausting their shared resource plans, including temporary conversion of existing spaces, relocating beds and redirecting patients to other hospitals. “It’s a very dynamic and fluid situation,” she said. “What you are seeing them do right now is deploy those plans.”
“What we heard from them is they needed us to open [the alternative care facility], they wanted us to open it, we wanted it to be open for them should they need it,” said Palm.
Menominee County has recorded 5,454.1 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 4,997.7). Brown County has recorded 5,153.1 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 5,090.1). Shawano, Oconto, Winnebago, Kewaunee, Calumet, Forest, Outagamie, Waupaca and Florence counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.
According to DHS data, 3,817.9 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 3,730.6).
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 3,087.4 (up from 3,007.9). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 627.9 per 100,000 in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released Wednesday.
Charts and Maps
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 †||Number of probable deaths ‡||Cases per 100,000 people (counties)||Deaths per 100,000 people (counties)||
Case fatality percentage ††
|Fond du Lac||10/20/2020||3,688||27,631||110||17||0||3,567.70||16.4||0.50%|
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