502,012 Wisconsin Residents Have Tested Positive for COVID-19
Less than half of state's residents have ever been tested for virus.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 3,474 new COVID-19 cases Friday from 10,602 processed tests.
A total of 502,012 Wisconsin residents have now tested positive for the virus at some point during the pandemic. The figure undercounts the total number of cases because of limitations of testing supplies early in the outbreak and individuals that never seek medical treatment.
Combined with negative tests, since the pandemic began less than 50% of state residents have been tested at least once.
The seven-day case total stands at 19,005, well below November 18th’s record report of 45,946. The seven-day testing total stands at 52,486, 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.
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 1,054 were actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease, a decrease of 23 from a day prior, but an increase of 44 from a week ago. Thirty days ago the total was 1,535.
DHS reported 136 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours in its daily data release. A total of 22,206 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 806 in the past week.
The 30-day average daily death total now stands at 41.07, below the December 23rd reported record of 53.43. Thirty days ago the rolling average was 51.93.
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 17,047 cases per 100,000 residents up from 16,910.1). Dodge County has recorded 11,824.2 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 11,880.5). Jackson, Shawano, Trempealeau, Brown, Fond du Lac, Oconto, Sheboygan, Kewaunee, Barron, Crawford, Forest, Chippewa, Calumet and Juneau are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.
According to DHS data, 9,343.1 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 9,289.4).
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 8,683.7 (up from 8,623.7). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 538.9 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.
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||10,822||39,281||835||71||8||10,468.9||68.7||0.7%|
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