3,943 New Cases, 123 Hospitalizations and 16 Deaths Reported Sunday
Milwaukee County falls to 17th worst all-time outbreak even as its case rate hits record levels.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 3,493 new COVID-19 cases from 18,062 tests.
The seven-day positive case rate, the percentage of tests that confirm a new case of the disease, stands at 29.55%. 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 total of 30,697 Wisconsin residents have tested positive for the disease in the past week, just below the record 30,830 recorded in the week ending Saturday. Since the pandemic began 228,863 people have tested positive.
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 1,534 people are actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease. That’s up 24 in the past 24 hours and 239 since last week, but below a record 1,546 set last week.
The state reported 123 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours. A total of 11,497 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 1,165 in the past week.
Nine patients are in the Alternate Care Facility in West Allis.
DHS reported 16 deaths Sunday. A total of 2,047 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 23.13 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.”
Menominee County has recorded 7,850.3 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 7,759). Shawano County has recorded 6,502.7 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 6,371.8). Brown, Oconto, Kewaunee, Winnebago, Calumet, Forest, Langlade, Outagamie, Dodge, Florence, Waupaca, Fond du Lac, Marinette and Sheboygan counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.
According to DHS data, 4,603.8 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 4,538.4).
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 3,958.8 (up from 3,898.4). 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
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||5,111||30,194||160||23||0||4,944.20||22.2||0.50%|
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