Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

13% of All COVID-19 Cases Have Come In Past Week

New active hospitalization high as daily death total continues upward climb.

By - Oct 29th, 2020 05:37 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 4,870 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 13,174 processed tests on Thursday afternoon.

The one-day positive case rate, the percentage of tests that confirmed a new case, was 36.97%, just short of a record 38.86% set yesterday. The seven-day average stands at 28.41%, a record high.

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.

A record 28,896 Wisconsin residents have tested positive for the disease in the past week, 13.4% of Wisconsin’s 214,996 cases since the pandemic began in March.

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 193 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours. A total of 11,003 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 1,148 in the past week.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported a record 1,453 people are actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease. That’s up 14 in the past 24 hours and 223 since last week.

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

DHS reported 51 new deaths Thursday. A total of 1,948 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 585 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 21.6 deaths per day have been reported over the past 30 days, the highest total on record. Thirty days ago the figure stood at 6.83.

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 7,188.5 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 6,937.5). Shawano County has recorded 6,073.7 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 5,916.1). Brown, Oconto, Kewaunee, Calumet, Forest, Winnebago, Langlade, Outagamie, Dodge, Florence, Waupaca and Fond du Lac counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.

According to DHS data, 4,371.9 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 4,299.6).

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 3,719 (up from 3,634.7). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 891.7 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 546 5,096 35 4 0 2,664.10 19.5 0.70%
Ashland 282 4,127 13 3 0 1,777.70 18.9 1.10%
Barron 1,178 12,188 31 7 0 2,567.60 15.3 0.60%
Bayfield 245 3,995 10 2 0 1,611.40 13.2 0.80%
Brown 15,738 93,179 346 104 3 6,045.40 39.9 0.70%
Buffalo 294 3,191 7 3 0 2,176.30 22.2 1.00%
Burnett 314 3,669 15 6 0 2,032.80 38.8 1.90%
Calumet 2,739 13,481 65 11 0 5,320.90 21.4 0.40%
Chippewa 1,789 18,804 36 19 2 2,785.70 29.6 1.10%
Clark 909 6,958 73 16 3 2,616.50 46.1 1.80%
Columbia 1,820 19,336 133 7 0 3,185.80 12.3 0.40%
Crawford 347 5,146 7 1 0 2,096.00 6 0.30%
Dane 15,153 238,468 567 50 1 2,867.20 9.5 0.30%
Dodge 4,343 28,473 166 27 1 4,868.60 30.3 0.60%
Door 871 9,237 61 7 0 3,105.10 25 0.80%
Douglas 798 10,181 5 2 0 1,818.80 4.6 0.30%
Dunn 1,102 11,265 39 1 0 2,461.10 2.2 0.10%
Eau Claire 3,656 29,817 38 16 1 3,553.20 15.6 0.40%
Florence 214 1,146 12 7 0 4,840.50 158.3 3.30%
Fond du Lac 4,695 29,310 151 20 0 4,541.80 19.3 0.40%
Forest 486 2,549 18 11 0 5,293.00 119.8 2.30%
Grant 1,906 16,676 77 32 0 3,639.20 61.1 1.70%
Green 982 10,444 20 5 0 2,663.80 13.6 0.50%
Green Lake 767 5,237 115 3 0 4,018.20 15.7 0.40%
Iowa 500 7,117 27 1 0 2,100.90 4.2 0.20%
Iron 194 1,761 38 4 0 3,319.60 68.4 2.10%
Jackson 544 7,446 8 1 0 2,635.10 4.8 0.20%
Jefferson 2,840 24,447 89 15 0 3,354.00 17.7 0.50%
Juneau 808 10,770 7 4 0 3,002.80 14.9 0.50%
Kenosha 5,241 48,464 541 83 2 3,115.40 49.3 1.60%
Kewaunee 1,105 5,116 26 7 0 5,352.60 33.9 0.60%
La Crosse 4,366 32,516 161 21 0 3,689.60 17.7 0.50%
Lafayette 562 4,403 9 1 0 3,328.80 5.9 0.20%
Langlade 1,024 4,778 35 11 1 5,177.70 55.6 1.10%
Lincoln 834 6,851 38 10 2 2,932.30 35.2 1.20%
Manitowoc 2,867 19,507 347 16 3 3,572.40 19.9 0.60%
Marathon 4,896 31,272 361 54 3 3,633.60 40.1 1.10%
Marinette 1,777 12,154 126 14 0 4,340.70 34.2 0.80%
Marquette 628 4,144 74 2 0 4,083.80 13 0.30%
Menominee 315 3,194 0 0 0 7,188.50 0 0.00%
Milwaukee 41,292 314,677 2,646 585 5 4,371.90 61.9 1.40%
Monroe 1,166 12,578 20 6 0 2,534.90 13 0.50%
Oconto 2,158 11,639 93 17 3 5,684.60 44.8 0.80%
Oneida 1,287 11,376 17 13 0 3,583.70 36.2 1.00%
Outagamie 9,443 54,784 386 77 0 5,137.60 41.9 0.80%
Ozaukee 2,340 24,850 265 25 2 2,648.30 28.3 1.10%
Pepin 156 1,862 3 0 0 2,122.70 0 0.00%
Pierce 737 9,861 232 7 0 1,770.10 16.8 0.90%
Polk 584 11,480 15 3 0 1,330.30 6.8 0.50%
Portage 2,815 17,591 79 21 1 3,980.50 29.7 0.70%
Price 372 3,664 19 3 0 2,694.10 21.7 0.80%
Racine 7,604 78,083 810 113 2 3,895.40 57.9 1.50%
Richland 478 6,910 16 8 0 2,698.70 45.2 1.70%
Rock 5,197 48,132 231 46 2 3,242.80 28.7 0.90%
Rusk 223 3,026 13 1 0 1,534.30 6.9 0.40%
Sauk 1,810 25,015 67 7 0 2,887.40 11.2 0.40%
Sawyer 391 5,456 3 3 0 2,359.80 18.1 0.80%
Shawano 2,506 11,940 20 25 1 6,073.70 60.6 1.00%
Sheboygan 4,929 30,088 127 27 0 4,304.20 23.6 0.50%
St. Croix 1,912 21,193 101 11 0 2,168.60 12.5 0.60%
Taylor 502 3,750 28 7 0 2,439.30 34 1.40%
Trempealeau 1,065 8,004 23 3 0 3,630.80 10.2 0.30%
Vernon 515 8,544 5 2 0 1,700.40 6.6 0.40%
Vilas 585 5,773 20 7 0 2,701.30 32.3 1.20%
Walworth 3,449 28,555 292 38 1 3,361.10 37 1.10%
Washburn 252 3,820 8 2 0 1,589.60 12.6 0.80%
Washington 4,583 33,658 385 41 2 3,407.80 30.5 0.90%
Waukesha 12,728 105,732 1,031 122 3 3,192.80 30.6 1.00%
Waupaca 2,457 13,619 253 44 7 4,749.60 85.1 1.80%
Waushara 1,051 8,098 8 5 0 4,325.50 20.6 0.50%
Winnebago 8,960 54,946 457 62 2 5,291.00 36.6 0.70%
Wood 1,773 18,848 109 9 2 2,395.10 12.2 0.50%

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