Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

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.

By - Nov 1st, 2020 07:11 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

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.

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 1,534 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.”

Since September, Milwaukee County has gone from having the worst per-capita outbreak to the 17th worst in the state, even as its case and hospitalization load has surged to record levels.

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

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 587 5,192 43 5 0 2,864.10 24.4 0.90%
Ashland 301 4,197 10 3 0 1,897.50 18.9 1.00%
Barron 1,320 12,555 32 7 0 2,877.10 15.3 0.50%
Bayfield 280 4,042 12 2 0 1,841.60 13.2 0.70%
Brown 16,210 94,369 371 103 3 6,226.70 39.6 0.60%
Buffalo 338 3,254 7 3 0 2,502.00 22.2 0.90%
Burnett 328 3,762 16 6 0 2,123.40 38.8 1.80%
Calumet 2,857 13,725 68 14 0 5,550.20 27.2 0.50%
Chippewa 1,958 19,236 36 24 2 3,048.90 37.4 1.20%
Clark 1,021 7,122 80 17 3 2,938.90 48.9 1.70%
Columbia 1,945 19,690 142 7 0 3,404.60 12.3 0.40%
Crawford 389 5,213 7 1 0 2,349.70 6 0.30%
Dane 16,011 242,765 582 49 2 3,029.50 9.3 0.30%
Dodge 4,746 29,060 193 35 1 5,320.30 39.2 0.70%
Door 953 9,415 69 9 0 3,397.40 32.1 0.90%
Douglas 843 10,346 5 1 0 1,921.40 2.3 0.10%
Dunn 1,193 11,574 48 1 0 2,664.30 2.2 0.10%
Eau Claire 3,960 30,646 41 21 1 3,848.70 20.4 0.50%
Florence 223 1,170 12 8 0 5,044.10 181 3.60%
Fond du Lac 5,111 30,194 160 23 0 4,944.20 22.2 0.50%
Forest 505 2,637 19 11 0 5,499.90 119.8 2.20%
Grant 2,043 16,991 86 36 1 3,900.80 68.7 1.80%
Green 1,058 10,685 20 6 0 2,870.00 16.3 0.60%
Green Lake 815 5,331 120 4 0 4,269.70 21 0.50%
Iowa 569 7,279 29 2 0 2,390.90 8.4 0.40%
Iron 216 1,824 44 4 0 3,696.10 68.4 1.90%
Jackson 602 7,604 7 2 0 2,916.10 9.7 0.30%
Jefferson 3,016 24,908 128 19 0 3,561.90 22.4 0.60%
Juneau 852 10,910 7 5 0 3,166.30 18.6 0.60%
Kenosha 5,570 49,457 566 88 2 3,310.90 52.3 1.60%
Kewaunee 1,176 5,177 31 8 0 5,696.60 38.8 0.70%
La Crosse 4,608 33,134 164 23 0 3,894.10 19.4 0.50%
Lafayette 600 4,501 11 1 0 3,553.90 5.9 0.20%
Langlade 1,081 4,920 41 11 2 5,465.90 55.6 1.00%
Lincoln 965 7,082 44 12 2 3,392.90 42.2 1.20%
Manitowoc 3,058 19,907 363 16 3 3,810.40 19.9 0.50%
Marathon 5,441 32,306 410 61 5 4,038.10 45.3 1.10%
Marinette 1,915 12,416 135 16 0 4,677.80 39.1 0.80%
Marquette 705 4,254 84 2 0 4,584.50 13 0.30%
Menominee 344 3,256 0 0 0 7,850.30 0 0.00%
Milwaukee 43,482 321,478 2,799 593 5 4,603.80 62.8 1.40%
Monroe 1,267 12,772 22 8 0 2,754.50 17.4 0.60%
Oconto 2,270 11,827 102 18 3 5,979.70 47.4 0.80%
Oneida 1,373 11,683 25 13 0 3,823.10 36.2 0.90%
Outagamie 9,864 55,869 405 81 0 5,366.70 44.1 0.80%
Ozaukee 2,529 25,497 271 25 2 2,862.20 28.3 1.00%
Pepin 172 1,912 3 0 0 2,340.50 0 0.00%
Pierce 819 10,088 233 7 1 1,967.10 16.8 0.90%
Polk 664 11,748 16 3 0 1,512.50 6.8 0.50%
Portage 3,006 17,976 81 21 1 4,250.60 29.7 0.70%
Price 411 3,748 19 3 0 2,976.50 21.7 0.70%
Racine 8,178 79,226 855 114 2 4,189.50 58.4 1.40%
Richland 500 6,994 16 9 0 2,822.90 50.8 1.80%
Rock 5,702 49,609 255 46 2 3,557.90 28.7 0.80%
Rusk 251 3,110 12 1 0 1,727.00 6.9 0.40%
Sauk 1,967 25,454 70 8 0 3,137.90 12.8 0.40%
Sawyer 419 5,551 5 4 0 2,528.80 24.1 1.00%
Shawano 2,683 12,219 29 26 1 6,502.70 63 1.00%
Sheboygan 5,290 30,670 184 31 1 4,619.50 27.1 0.60%
St. Croix 2,103 21,781 98 11 0 2,385.20 12.5 0.50%
Taylor 555 3,814 34 7 0 2,696.80 34 1.30%
Trempealeau 1,144 8,138 24 4 0 3,900.20 13.6 0.30%
Vernon 543 8,664 5 2 0 1,792.80 6.6 0.40%
Vilas 656 5,921 21 7 0 3,029.20 32.3 1.10%
Walworth 3,590 29,059 312 39 1 3,498.50 38 1.10%
Washburn 267 3,889 7 2 0 1,684.20 12.6 0.70%
Washington 4,887 34,424 404 44 2 3,633.80 32.7 0.90%
Waukesha 13,463 108,485 1,106 125 3 3,377.20 31.4 0.90%
Waupaca 2,616 14,021 279 47 8 5,056.90 90.9 1.80%
Waushara 1,107 8,261 13 5 0 4,555.90 20.6 0.50%
Winnebago 9,438 55,898 489 67 2 5,573.30 39.6 0.70%
Wood 1,933 19,313 123 10 2 2,611.20 13.5 0.50%

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