One in Three Wisconsin Residents Has Tested Negative For COVID-19
New active hospitalization high. Milwaukee County falls to 21st worst all-time outbreak.
Over two million Wisconsin residents have tested negative for COVID-19 since the pandemic took hold. That’s according to data released Sunday afternoon by the state Department of Health Services.
A negative test does not confer future immunity and is only a snapshot of a particular moment in time. But it does show that the majority of Wisconsin’s almost six million residents have never been tested for COVID-19.
On Sunday DHS reported 6,058 new cases of COVID-19 from 17,977 processed tests. A total of 312,369 residents have tested positive, 2,001,239 negative.
The positive and negative totals do not reflect the total number of tests administered, but instead the number of people uniquely tested. For example, I have tested negative twice. I only count as one negative in the results. Similar filtering occurs for people testing positive multiple times.
The seven-day case total rose to 44,959, just below Friday’s record of 45,100. A week ago the running total was 38,547. September, when Wisconsin’s surge started, accounted for 46,671 cases in its entirety.
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.
DHS reported 155 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours in its daily data release. A total of 14,381 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 1,542 in the past week.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported a record 2,096 people were actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease, an increase of 62 over Saturday and 236 over a week ago. Thirty days ago the total was 1,101.
Eighteen patients were in the Alternate Care Facility in West Allis, down from Saturday’s record 20.
DHS reported 12 deaths Sunday. A total of 2,637 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 643 in Milwaukee County.
Since September, Milwaukee County has gone from having the worst per-capita outbreak to the 21th worst in the state, even as its case and hospitalization load has surged to record levels.
Menominee County has recorded 11,341.9 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 11,045.2). Shawano County has recorded 8,063.5 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 7,872). Brown, Oconto, Dodge, Forest, Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Calumet, Langlade, Outagamie, Waushara, Waupaca, Sheboygan, Florence, Marinette, Marquette, Marathon and Jackson counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.
According to DHS data, 5,920.5 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 5,872).
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 5,403.3 (up from 5,298.5). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 1,310.6 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||7,010||32,873||265||34||2||6,781.30||32.9||0.50%|
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