Jeramey Jannene
WI Daily

3,643 New COVID-19 Cases

Daily death toll not falling, even as cases and hospitalizations do.

By - Dec 17th, 2020 06:13 pm
COVID-19. Credit: U.S. Army.

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

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 3,643 new COVID-19 cases Thursday from 10,938 processed tests.

The seven-day case total stands at 22,342, well below November 18th’s record report of 45,946. The seven-day testing total stands at 71,700, 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 31.16%, below the record high of 38.12% set December 4th. The 14-day average is 31.91%. 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 1,363 people were actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease, a decrease of 47 from a day ago and 121 from a week ago. Thirty days ago the total was 2,277.

DHS reported 129 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours in its daily data release. A total of 19,785 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 910 in the past week.

DHS reported 59 new deaths. A total of 4,255 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 845 in Milwaukee County.

The 30-day average daily death total now stands at an average of 50.5, below a peak of 51.93 on December 9th. Thirty days ago the rolling average was 38.4.

Since September, Milwaukee County has gone from having the worst per-capita outbreak to the 19th 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 15,449.6 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 14,924.7). Dodge County has recorded 11,011.7 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 10,900.7). Jackson, Shawano, Brown, Trempealeau, Fond du Lac, Oconto, Kewaunee, Sheboygan, Barron, Crawford, Calumet, Florence, Chippewa, Langlade, Forest and Winnebago are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.

According to DHS data, 8,406.3 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 8,328).

The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 7,757.1 (up from 7,694.1). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 860.2 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 1,227 6,517 112 10 2 5,986.8 48.8 0.8%
Ashland 912 5,760 36 13 0 5,749.2 82.0 1.4%
Barron 4,132 16,260 88 50 0 9,006.1 109.0 1.2%
Bayfield 859 5,630 23 16 0 5,649.8 105.2 1.9%
Brown 24,770 110,818 1,297 155 10 9,514.9 59.5 0.6%
Buffalo 925 4,223 17 6 0 6,847.3 44.4 0.6%
Burnett 934 5,161 101 16 0 6,046.5 103.6 1.7%
Calumet 4,453 17,040 289 31 1 8,650.6 60.2 0.7%
Chippewa 5,538 24,304 90 63 2 8,623.5 98.1 1.1%
Clark 2,582 8,939 246 46 4 7,432.1 132.4 1.8%
Columbia 3,951 23,388 265 24 1 6,916.0 42.0 0.6%
Crawford 1,489 6,546 42 11 0 8,994.3 66.4 0.7%
Dane 31,108 286,774 1,092 136 6 5,886.1 25.7 0.4%
Dodge 9,823 35,579 543 95 10 11,011.7 106.5 1.0%
Door 1,838 11,866 148 13 1 6,552.4 46.3 0.7%
Douglas 2,742 14,960 350 16 13 6,249.7 36.5 0.6%
Dunn 3,251 15,393 211 20 0 7,260.4 44.7 0.6%
Eau Claire 8,649 40,264 186 67 9 8,405.8 65.1 0.8%
Florence 382 1,404 24 12 0 8,640.6 271.4 3.1%
Fond du Lac 9,787 37,387 677 60 8 9,467.7 58.0 0.6%
Forest 791 3,519 55 20 2 8,614.7 217.8 2.5%
Grant 3,908 20,143 412 75 5 7,461.7 143.2 1.9%
Green 2,080 13,297 50 7 2 5,642.4 19.0 0.3%
Green Lake 1,313 6,499 310 10 3 6,878.7 52.4 0.8%
Iowa 1,540 9,324 61 5 1 6,470.9 21.0 0.3%
Iron 404 2,194 96 10 8 6,913.1 171.1 2.5%
Jackson 2,114 9,250 34 8 0 10,240.3 38.8 0.4%
Jefferson 6,137 30,626 567 48 3 7,247.7 56.7 0.8%
Juneau 2,239 13,101 15 8 0 8,320.9 29.7 0.4%
Kenosha 11,304 62,109 1,326 187 7 6,719.3 111.2 1.7%
Kewaunee 1,909 6,215 108 22 1 9,247.2 106.6 1.2%
La Crosse 9,384 43,530 406 50 0 7,930.2 42.3 0.5%
Lafayette 1,167 5,473 93 4 1 6,912.3 23.7 0.3%
Langlade 1,704 5,921 109 29 10 8,616.1 146.6 1.7%
Lincoln 2,248 8,881 130 36 14 7,903.8 126.6 1.6%
Manitowoc 5,651 24,947 797 49 5 7,041.4 61.1 0.9%
Marathon 11,133 42,421 1,014 143 20 8,262.5 106.1 1.3%
Marinette 3,380 15,152 303 38 0 8,256.4 92.8 1.1%
Marquette 1,110 5,097 144 16 2 7,218.1 104.0 1.4%
Menominee 677 3,642 3 9 0 15,449.6 205.4 1.3%
Milwaukee 79,396 396,712 6,108 845 14 8,406.3 89.5 1.1%
Monroe 3,148 15,808 44 21 0 6,843.8 45.7 0.7%
Oconto 3,569 14,176 287 35 4 9,401.5 92.2 1.0%
Oneida 2,652 13,523 77 48 3 7,384.5 133.7 1.8%
Outagamie 15,189 68,470 1,188 147 1 8,263.9 80.0 1.0%
Ozaukee 5,739 32,737 713 45 5 6,495.0 50.9 0.8%
Pepin 594 2,552 19 4 0 8,082.7 54.4 0.7%
Pierce 2,701 13,911 582 23 5 6,487.3 55.2 0.9%
Polk 2,754 15,835 31 21 0 6,273.3 47.8 0.8%
Portage 5,195 22,454 328 45 3 7,346.0 63.6 0.9%
Price 874 4,645 71 4 0 6,329.7 29.0 0.5%
Racine 16,227 91,240 1,743 231 9 8,312.9 118.3 1.4%
Richland 1,001 7,850 33 13 0 5,651.5 73.4 1.3%
Rock 11,172 62,201 648 103 3 6,971.0 64.3 0.9%
Rusk 1,037 4,157 34 11 0 7,135.0 75.7 1.1%
Sauk 4,129 31,073 170 24 3 6,586.8 38.3 0.6%
Sawyer 1,088 6,922 13 9 0 6,566.5 54.3 0.8%
Shawano 3,969 14,550 318 53 7 9,619.5 128.5 1.3%
Sheboygan 10,577 38,813 410 83 2 9,236.3 72.5 0.8%
St. Croix 5,038 29,078 790 23 0 5,714.0 26.1 0.5%
Taylor 1,500 4,862 172 13 5 7,288.6 63.2 0.9%
Trempealeau 2,786 10,237 75 26 2 9,498.2 88.6 0.9%
Vernon 1,376 10,988 39 20 0 4,543.2 66.0 1.5%
Vilas 1,476 7,223 47 21 2 6,815.7 97.0 1.4%
Walworth 7,105 35,465 1,552 74 5 6,923.9 72.1 1.0%
Washburn 927 5,245 71 8 1 5,847.5 50.5 0.9%
Washington 10,687 43,722 1,305 89 5 7,946.6 66.2 0.8%
Waukesha 31,630 140,405 2,546 295 19 7,934.4 74.0 0.9%
Waupaca 3,929 16,777 578 94 33 7,595.1 181.7 2.4%
Waushara 1,847 9,524 128 13 1 7,601.4 53.5 0.7%
Winnebago 14,427 67,756 1,695 144 14 8,519.3 85.0 1.0%
Wood 5,157 25,471 317 36 9 6,966.5 48.6 0.7%

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