Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

64 Deaths, 5,262 New COVID-19 Cases

Wisconsin set new records for cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

By - Oct 27th, 2020 02:18 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

Tuesday was a record-setting day in Wisconsin for all the wrong reasons. According to the Department of Health Services, the state set new records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

DHS reported 5,262 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 16,528 processed tests. The cases eclipse an earlier high of 4,591. As recently as September 16th the state had never incurred more than 2,000 tests in a day, but now has recorded 27,829 in the past seven days.

Lagging indicators of the disease’s spread continue to set new highs, while state health officials warn that hospitalization and death peaks are connected to earlier record case reports.

The state reported that a record 220 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours, eclipsing a high of 218 set last week. A total of 10,636 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began. Data on the number of people actively hospitalized isn’t scheduled to be release until 3:30 p.m., but Monday’s release established a new record of 1,350, with four people in the Alternate Care Facility.

New deaths also set a record high. DHS reported 64 deaths, eclipsing a prior high of 48 set last Wednesday. A total of 1,852 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 578 in Milwaukee County. Officials confirmed Tuesday that the total includes only people where a medical examiner determined the disease was a contributing factor in the death.

An average of 19.03 deaths per day have been reported over the past 30 days, the highest total on record. Thirty days ago the figure stood at 5.47.

“There is no way to sugar coat it, we are facing an urgent crisis, there is an imminent request to you, your family members, your friends, your neighbors and the people you care about,” said Governor Tony Evers during a press briefing Tuesday. He said people must stop unnecessary gatherings.

“Support our local restaurants by getting your food delivered or picking it up to go,” said Evers. He also championed curbside pickup for retailers.

“We must take significant and corrective action,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.

Since September, Milwaukee County has gone from having the worst per-capita outbreak to the 15th worst in the state, even as its case and hospitalization load has surged to record levels.

Menominee County has recorded 6,800.5 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 6,572.3). Shawano County has recorded 5,831.3 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 5,710.1). Brown, Oconto, Calumet, Winnebago, Kewaunee, Forest, Outagamie, Florence, Langlade, Waupaca and Dodge counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.

According to DHS data, 4,250.3 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 4,146).

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 3,568.7 (up from 3,477.7). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 760.9 cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released 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 † Number of probable deaths ‡ Cases per 100,000 people (counties) Deaths per 100,000 people (counties) Case fatality percentage ††
Adams 502 5,029 33 5 0 2,449.40 24.4 1.00%
Ashland 274 4,072 11 3 0 1,727.30 18.9 1.10%
Barron 1,093 12,014 32 6 0 2,382.30 13.1 0.50%
Bayfield 225 3,931 10 2 0 1,479.90 13.2 0.90%
Brown 15,103 92,691 329 93 3 5,801.50 35.7 0.60%
Buffalo 262 3,152 11 3 0 1,939.40 22.2 1.10%
Burnett 308 3,623 14 6 0 1,993.90 38.8 1.90%
Calumet 2,676 13,390 61 11 0 5,198.50 21.4 0.40%
Chippewa 1,581 18,568 34 11 2 2,461.80 17.1 0.70%
Clark 867 6,892 68 15 3 2,495.60 43.2 1.70%
Columbia 1,761 19,246 122 5 0 3,082.60 8.8 0.30%
Crawford 328 5,116 7 0 0 1,981.30 0 0.00%
Dane 14,560 237,168 546 48 1 2,755.00 9.1 0.30%
Dodge 4,051 28,271 153 27 0 4,541.20 30.3 0.70%
Door 780 9,025 57 5 0 2,780.60 17.8 0.60%
Douglas 774 10,097 5 1 0 1,764.10 2.3 0.10%
Dunn 1,039 11,098 37 1 0 2,320.40 2.2 0.10%
Eau Claire 3,442 29,473 34 12 0 3,345.20 11.7 0.30%
Florence 210 1,135 13 6 0 4,750.10 135.7 2.90%
Fond du Lac 4,461 29,072 139 20 0 4,315.40 19.3 0.40%
Forest 464 2,469 10 10 0 5,053.40 108.9 2.20%
Grant 1,833 16,564 77 30 0 3,499.80 57.3 1.60%
Green 932 10,334 19 5 0 2,528.20 13.6 0.50%
Green Lake 741 5,194 114 3 0 3,882.00 15.7 0.40%
Iowa 466 7,025 26 1 0 1,958.10 4.2 0.20%
Iron 190 1,758 26 4 0 3,251.20 68.4 2.10%
Jackson 472 7,371 7 1 0 2,286.40 4.8 0.20%
Jefferson 2,697 24,253 88 11 0 3,185.10 13 0.40%
Juneau 774 10,704 4 4 0 2,876.50 14.9 0.50%
Kenosha 4,958 47,925 520 76 1 2,947.10 45.2 1.50%
Kewaunee 1,069 5,080 25 7 0 5,178.30 33.9 0.70%
La Crosse 4,187 32,175 160 20 0 3,538.30 16.9 0.50%
Lafayette 531 4,357 9 1 0 3,145.20 5.9 0.20%
Langlade 954 4,732 30 9 1 4,823.80 45.5 0.90%
Lincoln 783 6,792 37 10 1 2,753.00 35.2 1.30%
Manitowoc 2,764 19,353 334 11 2 3,444.10 13.7 0.40%
Marathon 4,620 30,970 341 53 3 3,428.80 39.3 1.10%
Marinette 1,709 12,072 114 12 0 4,174.60 29.3 0.70%
Marquette 607 4,105 42 2 0 3,947.20 13 0.30%
Menominee 298 3,180 0 0 0 6,800.50 0 0.00%
Milwaukee 40,143 312,475 2,619 578 5 4,250.30 61.2 1.40%
Monroe 1,111 12,458 20 4 0 2,415.30 8.7 0.40%
Oconto 2,090 11,539 88 14 2 5,505.50 36.9 0.70%
Oneida 1,222 11,325 20 14 0 3,402.70 39 1.10%
Outagamie 9,176 54,410 365 72 0 4,992.40 39.2 0.80%
Ozaukee 2,209 24,667 218 24 2 2,500.00 27.2 1.10%
Pepin 140 1,836 3 0 0 1,905.00 0 0.00%
Pierce 693 9,747 229 7 0 1,664.50 16.8 1.00%
Polk 548 11,349 14 3 0 1,248.30 6.8 0.50%
Portage 2,730 17,422 79 21 1 3,860.30 29.7 0.80%
Price 355 3,623 20 2 0 2,571.00 14.5 0.60%
Racine 7,299 77,428 755 112 2 3,739.20 57.4 1.50%
Richland 458 6,864 16 8 0 2,585.80 45.2 1.70%
Rock 5,077 47,714 228 44 2 3,167.90 27.5 0.90%
Rusk 205 2,992 14 1 0 1,410.50 6.9 0.50%
Sauk 1,732 24,740 63 7 0 2,763.00 11.2 0.40%
Sawyer 372 5,407 3 3 0 2,245.20 18.1 0.80%
Shawano 2,406 11,831 19 23 1 5,831.30 55.7 1.00%
Sheboygan 4,697 29,796 117 26 0 4,101.60 22.7 0.60%
St. Croix 1,806 20,946 93 11 0 2,048.30 12.5 0.60%
Taylor 475 3,710 25 7 0 2,308.10 34 1.50%
Trempealeau 1,006 7,943 23 2 0 3,429.70 6.8 0.20%
Vernon 495 8,461 5 2 0 1,634.40 6.6 0.40%
Vilas 555 5,741 20 5 0 2,562.80 23.1 0.90%
Walworth 3,385 28,377 281 38 1 3,298.70 37 1.10%
Washburn 242 3,764 7 2 0 1,526.50 12.6 0.80%
Washington 4,367 33,433 296 42 1 3,247.20 31.2 1.00%
Waukesha 12,186 104,757 998 119 3 3,056.90 29.9 1.00%
Waupaca 2,371 13,538 227 38 2 4,583.30 73.5 1.60%
Waushara 1,009 8,064 8 5 0 4,152.60 20.6 0.50%
Winnebago 8,726 54,635 449 59 2 5,152.80 34.8 0.70%
Wood 1,679 18,690 97 9 2 2,268.10 12.2 0.50%

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