Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

4,114 New COVID-19 Cases

State reports 214 new hospitalizations, 68 deaths.

By - Dec 8th, 2020 06:27 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 outbreak has reached a level of consistency in the past week. The state continues to report a number of cases, new hospitalizations and deaths that would have been unfathomable as recently as early October, but that no longer depict a rapidly worsening situation.

Things are worse than they were at any point over the spring, summer or early fall, but daily data doesn’t show signs that things are getting worse. But testing is also in decline alongside cases.

Impacts from any gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday week should start to become visible in the data in the coming week.

The Department of Health Services reported 4,114 new cases on Tuesday from 9,591 processed tests.

The seven-day case total stands at 27,133, below November 18th’s record report of 45,946. September, when Wisconsin’s surge started, accounted for 46,671 cases in its entirety. The seven-day testing total stands at 78,673, below November 18th’s record rolling total of 133,019 tests. The testing total is filtered to only include individuals who were tested for the first time or have been tested previously but are receiving their first positive diagnosis.

The seven-day positive case rate, the percentage of tests that confirm a new case of the disease and proxy for if the disease’s spread is growing or slowing, stands at 34.49%, below the record high of 38.12% set December 4th. The 14-day average is 34.55%. 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.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported that 1,556 people were actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease, a decrease of 10 from a day ago and 271 from a week ago. Thirty days ago the total was 1,860.

DHS reported 214 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours in its daily data release. A total of 18,500 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 1,128 in the past week.

DHS reported 68 new deaths. A total of 3,806 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 787 in Milwaukee County.

The 30-day average daily death total now stands at an average of 49.8, below the peak of 50.27 set December 5th. Thirty days ago the rolling average was 29.07.

Since September, Milwaukee County has gone from having the worst per-capita outbreak to the 21st worst in the state, even as its case and hospitalization load has surged to record levels. The county fell as low as 26th in early November.

Menominee County has recorded 13,669.6 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 13,487). Dodge County has recorded 10,278.6 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 10,174.3). Shawano, Brown, Oconto, Kewaunee, Jackson, Fond du Lac, Trempealeau, Forest, Calumet, Sheboygan, Langlade, Winnebago, Barron, Eau Claire, Outagamie, Chippewa, Crawford and Florence counties are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.

According to DHS data, 7,808.5 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 7,730.2).

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 7,238.2 (up from 7,167.1). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 1,094.1 cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released Wednesday. That’s down from the record 1,519.4 reported November 18th.

Data from DHS website

Data from DHS website

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by gender

Data from DHS website

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by race

Data from DHS website

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by ethnicity

Data from DHS website

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 1,147 6,286 83 8 2 5,596.5 39.0 0.7%
Ashland 806 5,549 29 10 0 5,081.0 63.0 1.2%
Barron 3,870 15,793 75 47 0 8,435.0 102.4 1.2%
Bayfield 766 5,466 21 16 0 5,038.1 105.2 2.1%
Brown 23,731 108,161 966 149 10 9,115.8 57.2 0.6%
Buffalo 874 4,103 15 5 0 6,469.8 37.0 0.6%
Burnett 857 4,963 83 15 0 5,548.0 97.1 1.8%
Calumet 4,264 16,581 255 29 1 8,283.5 56.3 0.7%
Chippewa 5,249 23,588 79 57 2 8,173.5 88.8 1.1%
Clark 2,368 8,662 214 44 3 6,816.2 126.7 1.9%
Columbia 3,674 23,014 233 13 1 6,431.2 22.8 0.4%
Crawford 1,404 6,355 37 9 0 8,480.8 54.4 0.6%
Dane 29,450 280,669 925 107 3 5,572.4 20.2 0.4%
Dodge 9,169 34,260 471 84 5 10,278.6 94.2 0.9%
Door 1,697 11,479 125 11 1 6,049.7 39.2 0.6%
Douglas 2,419 14,346 235 8 5 5,513.5 18.2 0.3%
Dunn 3,012 14,933 172 16 0 6,726.7 35.7 0.5%
Eau Claire 8,207 39,214 173 63 8 7,976.2 61.2 0.8%
Florence 364 1,377 24 12 0 8,233.4 271.4 3.3%
Fond du Lac 9,250 36,228 562 56 7 8,948.2 54.2 0.6%
Forest 764 3,415 48 19 2 8,320.6 206.9 2.5%
Grant 3,677 19,715 341 67 3 7,020.7 127.9 1.8%
Green 1,876 12,837 40 6 1 5,089.0 16.3 0.3%
Green Lake 1,237 6,296 287 8 2 6,480.5 41.9 0.6%
Iowa 1,391 9,079 49 5 1 5,844.8 21.0 0.4%
Iron 381 2,105 77 10 6 6,519.5 171.1 2.6%
Jackson 1,977 9,039 29 6 0 9,576.6 29.1 0.3%
Jefferson 5,796 29,966 481 43 3 6,845.0 50.8 0.7%
Juneau 2,069 12,772 13 7 0 7,689.2 26.0 0.3%
Kenosha 10,282 60,284 1,181 162 6 6,111.8 96.3 1.6%
Kewaunee 1,759 6,025 95 22 0 8,520.6 106.6 1.3%
La Crosse 8,833 42,075 344 42 0 7,464.5 35.5 0.5%
Lafayette 1,121 5,329 85 4 1 6,639.8 23.7 0.4%
Langlade 1,598 5,784 103 28 10 8,080.1 141.6 1.8%
Lincoln 2,087 8,588 120 35 14 7,337.7 123.1 1.7%
Manitowoc 5,295 24,029 741 38 4 6,597.8 47.3 0.7%
Marathon 10,434 41,053 932 139 20 7,743.7 103.2 1.3%
Marinette 3,175 14,642 277 36 0 7,755.6 87.9 1.1%
Marquette 1,074 4,955 138 15 1 6,984.0 97.5 1.4%
Menominee 599 3,577 3 8 0 13,669.6 182.6 1.3%
Milwaukee 73,750 384,745 5,550 787 14 7,808.5 83.3 1.1%
Monroe 2,884 15,398 33 15 0 6,269.8 32.6 0.5%
Oconto 3,336 13,820 238 32 4 8,787.7 84.3 1.0%
Oneida 2,492 13,346 66 39 2 6,939.0 108.6 1.6%
Outagamie 14,489 66,375 1,015 138 1 7,883.0 75.1 1.0%
Ozaukee 5,229 31,650 650 42 5 5,917.8 47.5 0.8%
Pepin 519 2,460 10 3 0 7,062.2 40.8 0.6%
Pierce 2,445 13,381 494 19 5 5,872.5 45.6 0.8%
Polk 2,496 15,321 24 19 0 5,685.6 43.3 0.8%
Portage 4,954 21,794 275 43 2 7,005.2 60.8 0.9%
Price 816 4,495 54 4 0 5,909.6 29.0 0.5%
Racine 15,029 89,728 1,572 201 6 7,699.2 103.0 1.3%
Richland 927 7,747 33 13 0 5,233.7 73.4 1.4%
Rock 10,173 59,985 542 99 3 6,347.6 61.8 1.0%
Rusk 972 3,984 31 10 0 6,687.8 68.8 1.0%
Sauk 3,878 30,284 144 19 0 6,186.4 30.3 0.5%
Sawyer 981 6,714 10 8 0 5,920.7 48.3 0.8%
Shawano 3,809 14,090 261 51 6 9,231.7 123.6 1.3%
Sheboygan 9,823 37,344 350 66 2 8,577.9 57.6 0.7%
St. Croix 4,691 28,169 428 22 0 5,320.5 25.0 0.5%
Taylor 1,382 4,694 146 11 4 6,715.3 53.4 0.8%
Trempealeau 2,621 9,985 66 22 1 8,935.6 75.0 0.8%
Vernon 1,263 10,746 32 15 0 4,170.1 49.5 1.2%
Vilas 1,366 7,013 42 15 2 6,307.7 69.3 1.1%
Walworth 6,558 34,390 1,287 58 3 6,390.9 56.5 0.9%
Washburn 817 5,007 55 5 1 5,153.6 31.5 0.6%
Washington 9,751 42,140 1,196 80 6 7,250.6 59.5 0.8%
Waukesha 28,853 134,728 2,326 249 12 7,237.8 62.5 0.9%
Waupaca 3,818 16,321 536 91 31 7,380.5 175.9 2.4%
Waushara 1,795 9,251 111 12 0 7,387.4 49.4 0.7%
Winnebago 13,806 65,864 1,541 129 7 8,152.6 76.2 0.9%
Wood 4,720 24,389 284 30 9 6,376.1 40.5 0.6%

If you think stories like this are important, become a member of Urban Milwaukee and help support real, independent journalism. Plus you get some cool added benefits, all detailed here.

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us