Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

COVID-19 Cases, Testing Dropping

Slight decline in positive case rate emerges.

By - Dec 13th, 2020 04:57 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

The Department of Health Services reported 4,059 new cases Sunday from 13,642 processed tests.

Wisconsin’s case totals are now dropping faster than testing totals, even when filtering out variations caused by the day of the week.

The seven-day case total stands at 24,596, below November 18th’s record report of 45,946. The seven-day testing total stands at 78,640, 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 31.28%, below the record high of 38.12% set December 4th. The 14-day average is 32.74%. 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 1,425 people were actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease, an increase of 41 from a day ago and but a decrease of 77 from a week ago. Thirty days ago the total was 2,077.

DHS reported 87 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours in its daily data release. A total of 19,249 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 1,033 in the past week.

DHS reported 15 new deaths. A total of 4,056 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 815 in Milwaukee County.

The 30-day average daily death total now stands at an average of 49.43, below a peak of 51.93 on December 9th. Thirty days ago the rolling average was 33.57.

Since September, Milwaukee County has gone from having the worst per-capita outbreak to the 20th 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 14,650.8 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 14,559.6). Dodge County has recorded 10,844.7 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 10,802.1). Jackson, Shawano, Brown, Trempealeau, Fond du Lac, Oconto, Crawford, Kewaunee, Sheboygan, Barron, Florence, forest, Calumet, Chippewa, Langlade, Winnebago, Eau Claire and Outagamie are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.

According to DHS data, 8,165.1 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 8,101.2).

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 7,555.3 (up from 7,507.6). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 910.3 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 1,187 6,417 100 10 2 5,791.7 48.8 0.8%
Ashland 874 5,680 34 13 0 5,509.7 82.0 1.5%
Barron 4,021 16,111 77 50 0 8,764.2 109.0 1.2%
Bayfield 819 5,591 22 16 0 5,386.7 105.2 2.0%
Brown 24,332 109,818 1,210 150 10 9,346.6 57.6 0.6%
Buffalo 904 4,182 16 6 0 6,691.8 44.4 0.7%
Burnett 912 5,112 93 15 0 5,904.1 97.1 1.6%
Calumet 4,381 16,861 280 30 1 8,510.8 58.3 0.7%
Chippewa 5,424 24,079 82 60 2 8,446.0 93.4 1.1%
Clark 2,506 8,838 234 44 4 7,213.4 126.7 1.8%
Columbia 3,867 23,304 257 19 1 6,769.0 33.3 0.5%
Crawford 1,463 6,484 42 10 0 8,837.2 60.4 0.7%
Dane 30,474 284,654 1,034 113 4 5,766.2 21.4 0.4%
Dodge 9,674 35,282 502 87 7 10,844.7 97.5 0.9%
Door 1,786 11,709 140 11 1 6,367.0 39.2 0.6%
Douglas 2,619 14,768 294 14 12 5,969.4 31.9 0.5%
Dunn 3,156 15,230 191 18 0 7,048.3 40.2 0.6%
Eau Claire 8,486 39,812 187 65 9 8,247.4 63.2 0.8%
Florence 377 1,394 24 12 0 8,527.5 271.4 3.2%
Fond du Lac 9,579 37,035 625 59 7 9,266.4 57.1 0.6%
Forest 782 3,482 53 20 2 8,516.7 217.8 2.6%
Grant 3,838 19,922 385 70 4 7,328.1 133.7 1.8%
Green 2,012 13,142 45 8 1 5,457.9 21.7 0.4%
Green Lake 1,287 6,445 301 9 2 6,742.5 47.2 0.7%
Iowa 1,483 9,245 61 5 1 6,231.4 21.0 0.3%
Iron 398 2,177 79 10 6 6,810.4 171.1 2.5%
Jackson 2,062 9,177 29 6 0 9,988.4 29.1 0.3%
Jefferson 6,007 30,375 539 45 3 7,094.2 53.1 0.7%
Juneau 2,180 12,982 14 8 0 8,101.7 29.7 0.4%
Kenosha 10,915 61,593 1,257 178 6 6,488.1 105.8 1.6%
Kewaunee 1,839 6,141 107 22 1 8,908.2 106.6 1.2%
La Crosse 9,116 42,999 381 43 0 7,703.7 36.3 0.5%
Lafayette 1,151 5,416 89 4 1 6,817.5 23.7 0.3%
Langlade 1,658 5,872 106 29 10 8,383.5 146.6 1.7%
Lincoln 2,191 8,806 123 36 14 7,703.4 126.6 1.6%
Manitowoc 5,500 24,503 769 47 4 6,853.2 58.6 0.9%
Marathon 10,930 41,994 986 142 20 8,111.9 105.4 1.3%
Marinette 3,291 14,936 290 36 0 8,039.0 87.9 1.1%
Marquette 1,100 5,055 143 15 2 7,153.1 97.5 1.4%
Menominee 642 3,622 3 8 0 14,650.8 182.6 1.2%
Milwaukee 77,118 392,557 5,836 815 14 8,165.1 86.3 1.1%
Monroe 3,043 15,663 38 20 0 6,615.5 43.5 0.7%
Oconto 3,493 14,052 255 33 4 9,201.3 86.9 0.9%
Oneida 2,609 13,459 70 46 3 7,264.8 128.1 1.8%
Outagamie 14,933 67,633 1,116 141 1 8,124.6 76.7 0.9%
Ozaukee 5,540 32,301 679 43 5 6,269.8 48.7 0.8%
Pepin 570 2,512 17 5 0 7,756.2 68.0 0.9%
Pierce 2,593 13,731 563 21 5 6,227.9 50.4 0.8%
Polk 2,658 15,668 27 20 0 6,054.7 45.6 0.8%
Portage 5,119 22,246 304 43 3 7,238.5 60.8 0.8%
Price 850 4,601 62 4 0 6,155.9 29.0 0.5%
Racine 15,759 90,904 1,654 221 6 8,073.1 113.2 1.4%
Richland 974 7,810 31 13 0 5,499.1 73.4 1.3%
Rock 10,890 61,495 627 102 3 6,795.0 63.6 0.9%
Rusk 1,013 4,087 32 11 0 6,969.9 75.7 1.1%
Sauk 4,035 30,762 162 21 3 6,436.8 33.5 0.5%
Sawyer 1,049 6,841 12 8 0 6,331.1 48.3 0.8%
Shawano 3,903 14,402 298 53 6 9,459.5 128.5 1.4%
Sheboygan 10,207 38,313 373 79 2 8,913.2 69.0 0.8%
St. Croix 4,903 28,730 675 22 0 5,560.9 25.0 0.4%
Taylor 1,461 4,803 164 13 5 7,099.1 63.2 0.9%
Trempealeau 2,712 10,151 72 24 1 9,245.9 81.8 0.9%
Vernon 1,332 10,908 39 17 0 4,397.9 56.1 1.3%
Vilas 1,429 7,122 43 19 2 6,598.6 87.7 1.3%
Walworth 6,888 35,056 1,453 70 4 6,712.5 68.2 1.0%
Washburn 886 5,131 68 7 1 5,588.8 44.2 0.8%
Washington 10,321 43,047 1,244 87 5 7,674.4 64.7 0.8%
Waukesha 30,299 138,320 2,431 282 19 7,600.6 70.7 0.9%
Waupaca 3,899 16,635 567 92 32 7,537.1 177.8 2.4%
Waushara 1,830 9,451 120 13 1 7,531.5 53.5 0.7%
Winnebago 14,231 67,089 1,641 137 12 8,403.6 80.9 1.0%
Wood 5,003 25,041 306 31 9 6,758.4 41.9 0.6%

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