3,507 New Cases, 0 Deaths Reported Sunday
Glitch? One day blip? Or the start of a new trend? Time will tell.
Sunday’s data release from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services serves as a good example of why it’s more important to look at averages and weekly totals than one-day totals to understand the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported no new deaths for the first time since October 18th. The state is averaging 52.57 per day over the past week.
“We are pleased to report no new deaths in today’s update. And remember, we encourage you to check 7-day averages for case counts to get a better idea of trends, as those smooth out day-to-day fluctuations,” said DHS in a tweet announcing the daily data release.
DHS reported 3,507 new cases on Sunday from 14,899 processed tests. It’s the lowest total of new cases reported since October 26th.
The seven-day case total stands at 42,307, below Thursday’s record 45,946. September, when Wisconsin’s surge started, accounted for 46,671 cases in its entirety. The seven-day testing total stands at 126,320, below Wednesday’s record 133,019 tests.
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.
“Since our surge in cases started we been saying it would get worse before it gets better, and you can see it happening,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm during a press briefing Wednesday.
DHS reported 89 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours in its daily data release, the lowest total since October 26th. A total of 15,823 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 1,442 in the past week.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported that 1,990 people were actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease, a decrease of two from a day ago and 108 from a week ago. Thirty days ago the total was 1,243.
Twenty-one patients were in the Alternate Care Facility in West Allis.
DHS reported zero deaths Sunday. A total of 3,005 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 700 in Milwaukee County.
Since September, Milwaukee County has gone from having the worst per-capita outbreak to the 26th worst in the state, even as its case and hospitalization load has surged to record levels.
Menominee County has recorded 12,231.9 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 12,209). Dodge County has recorded 8,628.4 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 8,566.8). Shawano, Brown, Oconto, Forest, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Calumet, Winnebago, Langlade, Sheboygan, Outagamie, Waushara, Trempealeau, Jackson, Waupaca, Florence, Barron, Eau Claire, Marinette, Marathon, Juneau, Chippewa and Racine counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.
According to DHS data, 6,536.8 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 6,476.1).
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 6,135.1 (up from 6,074.5). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 1,519.4 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||7,859||34,408||361||40||3||7,602.60||38.7||0.50%|
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