Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Up 122% In Last Month, 1,439 Actively Hospitalized

3,815 new cases from 9,818 tests, a record 38.86% positive case rate.

By - Oct 28th, 2020 04:09 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 3,815 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 9,818 processed tests on Wednesday afternoon. The testing total was the lowest in two weeks.

The percentage of tests indicating a new case of the disease, the positive case rate, was a record 38.86%. The seven-day average stands at 26.37%, also a record.

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.

A total of 27,439 Wisconsin residents have tested positive for the disease in the past week.

Lagging indicators of the disease’s spread continue to set new highs, while state health officials warn that hospitalization and death surges are connected to earlier record case reports. One official called it a “nightmare scenario” during a Tuesday afternoon press briefing.

The state reported that 174 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours. A total of 10,810 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported a record 1,439 people are actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease. That’s up 54 in the past 24 hours and 249 since last week.

A record six patients are in the Alternate Care Facility in West Allis.

DHS reported 45 new deaths Wednesday. A total of 1,897 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 582 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 20.47 deaths per day have been reported over the past 30 days, the highest total on record. Thirty days ago the figure stood at 5.93.

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 6,937.5 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 6,800.5). Shawano County has recorded 5,916.1 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 5,831.3). Brown, Oconto, Calumet, Winnebago, Kewaunee, Forest, Outagamie, Florence, Langlade, Waupaca and Dodge counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.

According to DHS data, 4,299.6 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 4,250.3).

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 3,634.7 (up from 3,568.7). 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 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 † Number of probable deaths ‡ Cases per 100,000 people (counties) Deaths per 100,000 people (counties) Case fatality percentage ††
Adams 515 5,062 33 5 0 2,512.80 24.4 1.00%
Ashland 279 4,090 12 3 0 1,758.80 18.9 1.10%
Barron 1,132 12,115 31 7 0 2,467.30 15.3 0.60%
Bayfield 230 3,948 10 2 0 1,512.80 13.2 0.90%
Brown 15,377 92,905 333 97 3 5,906.80 37.3 0.60%
Buffalo 273 3,165 10 3 0 2,020.90 22.2 1.10%
Burnett 311 3,655 15 6 0 2,013.30 38.8 1.90%
Calumet 2,694 13,420 63 11 0 5,233.50 21.4 0.40%
Chippewa 1,685 18,660 34 13 2 2,623.80 20.2 0.80%
Clark 889 6,928 69 16 3 2,558.90 46.1 1.80%
Columbia 1,788 19,274 131 6 0 3,129.80 10.5 0.30%
Crawford 340 5,126 7 1 0 2,053.80 6 0.30%
Dane 14,929 237,721 563 49 1 2,824.80 9.3 0.30%
Dodge 4,158 28,377 161 26 1 4,661.20 29.1 0.60%
Door 822 9,153 59 6 0 2,930.40 21.4 0.70%
Douglas 781 10,111 5 1 0 1,780.10 2.3 0.10%
Dunn 1,066 11,160 37 1 0 2,380.70 2.2 0.10%
Eau Claire 3,531 29,610 37 12 0 3,431.70 11.7 0.30%
Florence 209 1,139 13 6 0 4,727.40 135.7 2.90%
Fond du Lac 4,564 29,168 151 20 0 4,415.10 19.3 0.40%
Forest 475 2,498 13 11 0 5,173.20 119.8 2.30%
Grant 1,881 16,629 72 32 0 3,591.50 61.1 1.70%
Green 957 10,406 20 5 0 2,596.00 13.6 0.50%
Green Lake 751 5,207 115 3 0 3,934.40 15.7 0.40%
Iowa 480 7,077 26 1 0 2,016.90 4.2 0.20%
Iron 191 1,760 30 4 0 3,268.30 68.4 2.10%
Jackson 494 7,404 7 1 0 2,392.90 4.8 0.20%
Jefferson 2,768 24,326 89 14 0 3,269.00 16.5 0.50%
Juneau 784 10,742 4 4 0 2,913.60 14.9 0.50%
Kenosha 5,118 48,143 528 80 2 3,042.20 47.6 1.60%
Kewaunee 1,073 5,084 26 7 0 5,197.60 33.9 0.70%
La Crosse 4,256 32,309 161 21 0 3,596.60 17.7 0.50%
Lafayette 550 4,371 9 1 0 3,257.70 5.9 0.20%
Langlade 983 4,749 35 9 1 4,970.40 45.5 0.90%
Lincoln 802 6,816 37 10 2 2,819.80 35.2 1.20%
Manitowoc 2,788 19,404 344 11 2 3,474.00 13.7 0.40%
Marathon 4,728 31,099 358 54 3 3,509.00 40.1 1.10%
Marinette 1,738 12,107 119 13 0 4,245.40 31.8 0.70%
Marquette 616 4,121 56 2 0 4,005.70 13 0.30%
Menominee 304 3,187 0 0 0 6,937.50 0 0.00%
Milwaukee 40,609 313,430 2,643 582 5 4,299.60 61.6 1.40%
Monroe 1,132 12,499 20 5 0 2,461.00 10.9 0.40%
Oconto 2,114 11,578 92 17 2 5,568.70 44.8 0.80%
Oneida 1,239 11,350 19 14 0 3,450.00 39 1.10%
Outagamie 9,251 54,536 375 75 0 5,033.20 40.8 0.80%
Ozaukee 2,246 24,731 256 25 2 2,541.90 28.3 1.10%
Pepin 146 1,855 3 0 0 1,986.70 0 0.00%
Pierce 703 9,783 229 7 0 1,688.50 16.8 1.00%
Polk 563 11,413 15 3 0 1,282.50 6.8 0.50%
Portage 2,776 17,480 80 21 1 3,925.40 29.7 0.80%
Price 367 3,645 18 2 0 2,657.90 14.5 0.50%
Racine 7,457 77,654 794 113 2 3,820.10 57.9 1.50%
Richland 471 6,902 16 8 0 2,659.20 45.2 1.70%
Rock 5,138 47,850 226 44 2 3,205.90 27.5 0.90%
Rusk 211 3,012 13 1 0 1,451.80 6.9 0.50%
Sauk 1,785 24,882 65 7 0 2,847.50 11.2 0.40%
Sawyer 380 5,424 3 3 0 2,293.40 18.1 0.80%
Shawano 2,441 11,868 20 24 1 5,916.10 58.2 1.00%
Sheboygan 4,802 29,913 126 26 0 4,193.30 22.7 0.50%
St. Croix 1,858 21,075 94 11 0 2,107.30 12.5 0.60%
Taylor 488 3,726 28 7 0 2,371.20 34 1.40%
Trempealeau 1,036 7,965 23 2 0 3,532.00 6.8 0.20%
Vernon 499 8,501 5 2 0 1,647.60 6.6 0.40%
Vilas 563 5,754 20 6 0 2,599.70 27.7 1.10%
Walworth 3,411 28,452 287 38 1 3,324.10 37 1.10%
Washburn 245 3,786 7 2 0 1,545.40 12.6 0.80%
Washington 4,508 33,555 301 42 1 3,352.00 31.2 0.90%
Waukesha 12,446 105,182 1,025 120 3 3,122.10 30.1 1.00%
Waupaca 2,399 13,570 238 40 2 4,637.50 77.3 1.70%
Waushara 1,025 8,080 8 5 0 4,218.50 20.6 0.50%
Winnebago 8,799 54,735 453 62 2 5,195.90 36.6 0.70%
Wood 1,708 18,749 108 9 2 2,307.30 12.2 0.50%

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