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COVID-19 activity ‘critically high’ in 16 Wisconsin counties

MADISON, Wisconsin (WBAY) — Wisconsin has recently seen an increasing number of cases of the COVID-19 virus. Wisconsin health officials have confirmed 42,882 new coronavirus cases since the first of the month, including nearly 21,000 (20,988) in the past 7 days.

The latest weekly virus activity report from the Ministry of Health confirms that the spread of the virus is “critically high” in 16 provinces and “very high” in the other 56. There are no provinces where virus activity is considered high, moderate , or low.

Wednesday afternoon’s new report includes twice as many counties as last week’s report. Most of the critically high activity counties are located in the western half of the state, with the bulk in the northwest corner—many of them bordering Minnesota, which is considered one of the hot spots of the country. The list also includes Calumet and Marinette counties in our corner of the state:

Critically high virus activity: Barron, Burnett, Calumet, Douglas, Dunn, Juneau, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Pierce, Polk, Price, St Croix, Sawyer, Washburn, Wood

The labels are based on the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over two weeks (the “burden”) and the percentage change in cases over the past 7 days (the “track”). Statewide, the burden was 767.7 cases for every 100,000 people in Wisconsin in the past two weeks.

Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Menominee, Sheboygan, Waushara and Winnebago are among the counties that have seen a rise in cases in the past two weeks. The state says only two counties statewide — Kewaunee and Marquette — saw cases decline.

Cases, deaths and hospitalizations

The latest figures from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) say the 7-day average rose from 2,953 to 2,963 daily cases on Wednesday as the state reported 3,503 more cases. Outagamie County passed 27,000 cases on Wednesday after 203 cases were confirmed in the latest test results.

DHS says 10.8% of all tests in the past 7 days were positive for the COVID-19 virus. An update from the DHS shows that this actually fell from 11.2% on Monday, which is the highest average positivity rate since 11.3% was reported on December 9 last year.

The death toll is now 8,812 after 33 more deaths were reported to DHS, with COVID-19 being the cause or major contributor that a person would have survived without the COVID-19. DHS says 25 of these deaths occurred in the past 30 days, raising the 7-day average to 15 deaths per day. Sheboygan County filed 5 death reports with the state. Manitowoc County reported one death.

During a media briefing Wednesday, Dr. Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer of the DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases, expressed concern that Wisconsin is seeing the start of a new wave. At this time last year, Wisconsin’s worst COVID-19 peak reached its peak. A year ago today, the state reported 92 COVID-19 deaths. See our November 17 report: Wisconsin shatters records for COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations.

Date Cases confirmed* Deaths reported* Hospital admissions*
November 17, 2020 7,090
(7-day average 6,429/day)
(7-day average 49/day)
(7-day avg. 227/day)
November 17, 2021 3.503
(7-day average 2.963/day)
(7-day avg. 15/day)
(7-day average 129/day)

* Numbers reported by DHS that day. Data can be revised later.

Since Tuesday’s report, there have been 180 new hospitalizations for COVID-19 care. The 7-day average, according to our math, is 129 hospital admissions per day. After taking into account discharges and deaths, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reports a net increase of 36 COVID-19 patients, for a total of 1,180 patients in hospitals Wednesday, including 328 in the ICU.

Hospitals in the northeast health care system had 175 patients, with 38 in the ICU – 1 fewer in the ICU, but 7 more in total. The Fox Valley region had 98 COVID-19 patients, with 17 in the ICU – an increase from 2 people in intensive care and a total of 8 patients.

A statement from the DHS on Wednesday urged people to protect their health during holiday gatherings. The health department says vaccines are the most effective protection, but people who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks in public areas, stay at home if they are not feeling well and get tested if they have COVID-19. have symptoms.


DHS has not published vaccination numbers since Nov. 5, when it says Walgreens changed its nationwide vaccination records. DHS says it won’t publish the changes until it’s confident the data is correct and the issue is resolved.

At a briefing Wednesday, DHS said they are working to update the information. (CLICK HERE to view the briefing on the WBAY Facebook page.)

“We’re working closely with them (Walgreens) to get that data up to date, and we want to make sure that when we put that data on our website, it’s really good up-to-date data, so we hope those updated numbers very soon,” said Traci DeSalvo, the director of the DHS Office of Communicable Diseases.

DeSalvo says data corrections are a normal part of the process, but because of the greater number, they impact the system.


The community vaccination clinic at Fox River Mall in Grand Chute is open on select dates through December 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. updated on the Outagamie County website. This walk-in clinic, which is located near the food court and Scheel’s, does not require an appointment. There is no cost and no ID required.

Oconto County Public Health plans several booster-dose vaccine clinics in November. The booster is available to anyone 18 years of age or older who has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or people who have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and meet certain eligibility requirements: 65 years of age or older, or adults who work or live in a high-risk environment, living in long-term care facilities, or have underlying medical conditions. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (920) 834-6846. The appointment line is available on working days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until all appointments have been filled. Don’t leave a message; call again.

Bellin Health offers “mix-and-match” COVID-19 vaccine boosters at its Ashwaubenon vaccination site, Green Bay Fastlane’s drive-thru testing site, and all primary care clinics and FastCare locations. According to Bellin, it offers the mix-and-match option to eligible patients at all vaccination sites. Eligible Bellin patients and the general public can schedule a booster, initial, or second COVID-19 vaccine dose through a MyBellinHealth account or by calling 920-445-7313.


ThedaCare mobile testing clinics all offer rapid tests, with most results in 15 minutes, and the more accurate PCR tests, with most results in 24 to 48 hours. Rapid tests end 30 minutes before the end of the clinic. This week’s program:

  • Thursday, November 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Guardian Building, 2300 E. Capitol Dr., Appleton
  • Thursday, Nov. 18, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM: ThedaCare Medical Center-Wild Rose, 601 Grove Ave.
  • Friday, November 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Guardian Building, 2300 E. Capitol Dr., Appleton
  • Friday, November 19, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Markesan City Hall, 150 S. Bridge St.

The City of Appleton has expanded its testing and vaccination clinics in the old Best Buy building, 2411 S. Kensington Dr. The site offers walk-in tests on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm. Walk-in vaccination clinics are on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Fridays from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Pre-registration is not required, but it is encouraged to speed up the process.

Walk-in or drive-through COVID-19 testing is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sunnyview Expo Center, with the Wisconsin National Guard conducting the testing. Signing up is encouraged at Testing is recommended (and free) for anyone over the age of 1 who has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle aches, or sudden loss of taste or smell. The results are usually back within 48 hours.

WEDNESDAY COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS (increase in cases or deaths since the last report came in bold) **

  • Brown – 42,669 cases (+180) (278 dead)
  • Calumet – 7,709 cases (+87) (60 dead)
  • Dickinson (Mich.)* – 3,246 cases (+36) (68 deaths) (+1)
  • Dodge – 15,694 cases (+64) (207 dead)
  • Door – 3,747 cases (+26) (34 killed)
  • Florence – 568 suitcases (+7) (14 dead)
  • Fond du Lac – 17,829 suitcases (+133) (154 dead)
  • Forest – 1,478 cases (+6) (29 dead)
  • Gogebic (Mich.)* – 1,543 cases (+22) (26 deaths) (+1)
  • Green Lake – 2,628 cases (+12) (29 dead)
  • Iron (Mich.)* – 1,447 chests (+19) (50 dead)
  • Kewaunee – 3,132 cases (+7) (34 killed)
  • Long drawer – 3,202 cases (+11) (43 dead)
  • Manitowoc – 10,796 cases (+34) (90 dead) (+1)
  • Marinette – 6.460 cases (+25) (72 killed)
  • Menominee (Mich.)* – 2,744 cases (+24) (47 deaths) (deaths revised -1 by state)
  • Menominee – 973 cases (+6) (11 dead)
  • Oconto – 6,302 cases (+26) (66 killed)
  • Outagamy – 27,093 cases (+203) (252 killed)
  • Shawano – 6,401 cases (+12) (79 killed)
  • Sheboygan – 18,132 cases (+65) (176 dead) (+5)
  • Waupaca – 7,166 cases (+25) (144 dead)
  • Waushara – 3,205 cases (+13) (49 killed)
  • Winnebago – 24,907 suitcases (+190) (250 dead)

* You can find cases and deaths for all 72 counties of Wisconsin on the DHS County Data Website. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Hospital Association publish updates Monday through Friday. Michigan Department of Health updates the information on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

** Cases and deaths are from state COVID-19 reports, which may differ from local health department numbers. The Wisconsin DHS reports cases from all health departments within a county’s boundaries, including tribal, municipal, and county health departments; provincial websites may not. Public health departments also update their data at different times, while DHS freezes the numbers it receives at the same time each day to compile the afternoon report.

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