624 New COVID-19 Cases
38 deaths reported
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 624 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday from 3,218 processed tests.
The seven-day case total stands at 5,282, below November 18th’s record report of 45,946 and its lowest point since September 4th. The seven-day testing total stands at 34,496, 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.
That filtering is now causing an issue in the data. Because at least half of Wisconsin residents have been tested at least once, the state is no longer reporting out the positive case rate figure (we calculate it ourselves using DHS’ reported figures). It is now reporting the percent positive of all tests processed that day. Labs across the state have processed a combined total of more than 10,000 tests per day for months now.
That new figure will be lower because of people tested regularly because of employment requirements or other circumstances.
We will, for the time being at least, continue to calculate the figure using the same method we previously did.
Officials have looked for the positive case rate to trend downward to indicate a slowing spread of disease and sufficient testing.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported that 411 people were actively hospitalized with a confirmed case of the disease, a decrease of one from a day prior and 114 from a week ago. Thirty days ago the total was 853.
The state reported 82 people were newly hospitalized in the past 24 hours in its daily data release. A total of 25,422 people have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, 401 in the past week.
DHS reported 38 new deaths. A total of 6,204 Wisconsin residents have died as a result of the virus, including 1,188 in Milwaukee County.
The 30-day average daily death total now stands at 25.1, below the December 23rd reported record of 53.43. Thirty days ago the rolling average was 37.87.
Menominee County has recorded 18,073.9 cases per 100,000 residents (no change). Dodge County has recorded 12,692.1 cases per 100,000 residents (up from 12,682). Jackson, Shawano, Trempealeau, Brown, Fond du Lac, Oconto, Sheboygan, Kewaunee, Barron, Chippewa, Calumet, Outagamie and Juneau are the remaining counties leading Milwaukee.
According to DHS data, 10,286 out of every 100,000 Milwaukee County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began (up from 10,276.8).
The statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents rose to 9,623.4 (up from 9,612.6). Wisconsin has recorded a per-capita rate of 265.1 cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks according to the DHS activity level report released Wednesday. A record 1,519.4 was reported November 18th.
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||11,822||42,564||1,031||89||8||11,436.3||86.1||0.8%|
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