Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

704 Deaths, 4,074 Hospitalizations, 103,096 COVID-19 Cases in October

State crosses 2,000-death threshold as it also sets a new one-day high for cases.

By - Oct 31st, 2020 08:53 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

Wisconsin ends October where it started when it comes to COVID-19, amidst a record-breaking surge.

But the disease’s spread far exceeds where it was on September 30th. At that point the record for cases was 2,817, the record for active hospitalizations was 683 and the 30-day average daily death total was 6.83.

October closes with a peak one-day case total of 5,278 set on the 31st, an active hospitalization high of 1,546 set on the 30th and a 30-day average daily death total of 22.77 set after 59 deaths were recorded on the 31st.

According to Department of Health Services data, Wisconsin recorded 103,096 COVID-19 cases in October, 4,074 new hospitalizations and 704 deaths.

On Saturday DHS reported 5,278 cases from 14,853 positive cases.

The seven-day positive case rate, the percentage of tests that confirm a new case of the disease, stands at 30.88%, a record high. The 14-day average set 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 rate figure to be sustained under five percent.

A record 30,830 Wisconsin residents have tested positive for the disease in the past week. Since the pandemic began 225,370 people have tested positive.

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.

Dr. Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer of the DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases, called it a “nightmare scenario” during a Tuesday afternoon press briefing.

Friday morning he expressed dismay with how things are going.

“Personally and frankly I am surprised and disappointed that we have failed as much as we have to slow the virus. I say that because it is important to understand that there is still time to turn this around,” said Westergaard.

He said left unchecked the virus would infect 70 to 80 percent of Wisconsin residents. “It’s probably fewer than 10% of Wisconsin residents that have been infected,” said Westergaard, estimating those with confirmed and unconfirmed cases.

“I think it’s so important we understand we can turn the corner,” he said. “If we don’t do that it would not be surprising for numbers to continue to get worse.”

The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 1,510 people are actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease. That’s down 36 in the past 24 hours, but up 273 since last week.

The state reported a record 229 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours. A total of 11,374 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 1,137 in the past week.

A record 11 patients are in the Alternate Care Facility in West Allis.

DHS reported 59 deaths Saturday. A total of 2,031 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 592 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.

A record average of 22.77 deaths per day have been reported over the past 30 days. Thirty days ago the figure stood at 7.03.

Westergaard said the case fatality rate has fallen because of a broadening age distribution in those who contract the virus. “Anyone who is infected can become severely ill,” he said, noting that death wasn’t the only negative outcome. “I think the short lesson is deaths are on the rise because cases on the rise.”

Since September, Milwaukee County has gone from having the worst per-capita outbreak to the 16th worst in the state, even as its case and hospitalization load has surged to record levels.

Menominee County has recorded 7,759 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 7,576.4). Shawano County has recorded 6,371.8 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 6,226.4). Brown, Oconto, Kewaunee, Winnebago, Calumet, Forest, Langlade, Outagamie, Dodge, Florence, Waupaca, Fond du Lac and Marinette counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.

According to DHS data, 4,538.4 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 4,416.4).

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 3,898.4 (up from 3,807.1). 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 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 576 5,154 40 5 0 2,810.40 24.4 0.90%
Ashland 300 4,167 10 3 0 1,891.20 18.9 1.00%
Barron 1,281 12,394 32 7 0 2,792.10 15.3 0.50%
Bayfield 266 4,039 11 2 0 1,749.50 13.2 0.80%
Brown 16,115 93,768 369 103 3 6,190.20 39.6 0.60%
Buffalo 330 3,236 7 3 0 2,442.80 22.2 0.90%
Burnett 327 3,722 16 6 0 2,116.90 38.8 1.80%
Calumet 2,818 13,624 68 14 0 5,474.40 27.2 0.50%
Chippewa 1,939 19,066 37 24 2 3,019.30 37.4 1.20%
Clark 998 7,062 80 17 3 2,872.70 48.9 1.70%
Columbia 1,908 19,531 143 7 0 3,339.90 12.3 0.40%
Crawford 374 5,180 7 1 0 2,259.10 6 0.30%
Dane 15,839 241,086 579 49 1 2,997.00 9.3 0.30%
Dodge 4,683 28,814 186 35 1 5,249.70 39.2 0.70%
Door 925 9,355 69 9 0 3,297.60 32.1 1.00%
Douglas 841 10,315 5 1 0 1,916.90 2.3 0.10%
Dunn 1,177 11,490 45 1 0 2,628.60 2.2 0.10%
Eau Claire 3,845 30,345 37 17 1 3,736.90 16.5 0.40%
Florence 221 1,160 12 7 0 4,998.90 158.3 3.20%
Fond du Lac 4,994 29,735 157 23 0 4,831.00 22.2 0.50%
Forest 501 2,611 19 11 0 5,456.30 119.8 2.20%
Grant 2,018 16,918 83 34 1 3,853.10 64.9 1.70%
Green 1,030 10,564 20 6 0 2,794.10 16.3 0.60%
Green Lake 798 5,279 118 4 0 4,180.60 21 0.50%
Iowa 560 7,211 28 2 0 2,353.00 8.4 0.40%
Iron 212 1,807 46 4 0 3,627.70 68.4 1.90%
Jackson 591 7,509 7 1 0 2,862.80 4.8 0.20%
Jefferson 2,951 24,744 128 19 0 3,485.10 22.4 0.60%
Juneau 837 10,855 7 5 0 3,110.60 18.6 0.60%
Kenosha 5,378 49,112 566 88 2 3,196.80 52.3 1.60%
Kewaunee 1,160 5,135 31 7 0 5,619.10 33.9 0.60%
La Crosse 4,550 32,945 164 22 0 3,845.10 18.6 0.50%
Lafayette 589 4,471 11 1 0 3,488.70 5.9 0.20%
Langlade 1,065 4,839 41 11 2 5,385.00 55.6 1.00%
Lincoln 931 7,036 44 12 2 3,273.30 42.2 1.30%
Manitowoc 2,986 19,737 361 16 3 3,720.70 19.9 0.50%
Marathon 5,322 31,915 404 57 4 3,949.80 42.3 1.10%
Marinette 1,870 12,242 134 16 0 4,567.90 39.1 0.90%
Marquette 668 4,200 91 2 0 4,343.90 13 0.30%
Menominee 340 3,243 0 0 0 7,759.00 0 0.00%
Milwaukee 42,864 319,252 2,788 592 5 4,538.40 62.7 1.40%
Monroe 1,238 12,684 22 8 0 2,691.40 17.4 0.60%
Oconto 2,238 11,741 103 18 3 5,895.40 47.4 0.80%
Oneida 1,351 11,605 23 13 0 3,761.90 36.2 1.00%
Outagamie 9,750 55,433 397 81 0 5,304.70 44.1 0.80%
Ozaukee 2,492 25,302 269 25 2 2,820.30 28.3 1.00%
Pepin 170 1,891 3 0 0 2,313.20 0 0.00%
Pierce 792 10,025 235 7 1 1,902.20 16.8 0.90%
Polk 640 11,644 16 3 0 1,457.90 6.8 0.50%
Portage 2,978 17,802 79 21 1 4,211.00 29.7 0.70%
Price 408 3,711 19 3 0 2,954.80 21.7 0.70%
Racine 8,110 78,902 852 114 2 4,154.60 58.4 1.40%
Richland 497 6,939 16 9 0 2,806.00 50.8 1.80%
Rock 5,533 48,883 263 46 2 3,452.40 28.7 0.80%
Rusk 241 3,068 12 1 0 1,658.20 6.9 0.40%
Sauk 1,927 25,217 69 7 0 3,074.10 11.2 0.40%
Sawyer 417 5,501 5 4 0 2,516.70 24.1 1.00%
Shawano 2,629 12,104 25 26 1 6,371.80 63 1.00%
Sheboygan 5,158 30,351 184 31 1 4,504.20 27.1 0.60%
St. Croix 2,055 21,619 100 11 0 2,330.80 12.5 0.50%
Taylor 537 3,783 34 7 0 2,609.30 34 1.30%
Trempealeau 1,123 8,092 24 4 0 3,828.60 13.6 0.40%
Vernon 538 8,604 5 2 0 1,776.30 6.6 0.40%
Vilas 638 5,876 20 7 0 2,946.10 32.3 1.10%
Walworth 3,589 28,894 312 39 1 3,497.50 38 1.10%
Washburn 263 3,864 7 2 0 1,659.00 12.6 0.80%
Washington 4,809 34,146 399 44 2 3,575.80 32.7 0.90%
Waukesha 13,353 107,410 1,109 125 3 3,349.60 31.4 0.90%
Waupaca 2,586 13,817 281 47 8 4,998.90 90.9 1.80%
Waushara 1,091 8,203 13 5 0 4,490.10 20.6 0.50%
Winnebago 9,323 55,534 480 67 2 5,505.40 39.6 0.70%
Wood 1,917 19,123 123 10 2 2,589.60 13.5 0.50%

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One thought on “WI Daily: 704 Deaths, 4,074 Hospitalizations, 103,096 COVID-19 Cases in October”

  1. mkwagner says:

    Thank goodness the election is Tuesday. I hope the results will mean no more trump rallies in the state. Every place trump or one of his minions staged a rally, there has been a massive increase in covid cases, hsopitalizations, and deaths.

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