COVID-19 in WISCONSIN: Cases, admissions increased slightly
COVID-19 in WISCONSIN: Cases, admissions increased slightly

COVID-19 in WISCONSIN: Cases, admissions increased slightly

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The number of new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Wisconsin remains low, but not as low as yesterday. The 7-day average rose slightly, from 341 to 353 cases per day, after 450 new cases were confirmed in recent tests. Remember, a day up (or down) is not a trend and we will follow what happens to government figures during and after the spring break and Easter gatherings.

Data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) shows that 12 of the 20 counties reported new single-digit cases, and five did not report any new cases: Florence, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Langlade, and Shawano. New cases in the counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago were double-digit, but only scarce. County cases and deaths are listed at the end of this article. Since the pandemic began, 1,387,492 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, representing more than 26.2% of the state’s population.

The positivity rate continued to fall, falling another tenth of a percentage point to 2.8% on Tuesday. This is the average percentage of tests that were positive for the COVID-19 virus out of all the results received within the last 7 days.

The death rate is stable at 0.89% of all cases that have been fatal since the pandemic reached Wisconsin. Currently, the state has an average of 10 COVID-19 deaths a day, unchanged since Friday. 45 death reports were submitted to the state during the past 24 hours. DHS says 12 of these were in the past month. Nine counties in WBAY’s outlook area accounted for 17 of the 45 deaths: Brown County reported 3 deaths; Calumet, Dodge, Oconto, Outagamie, Waushara and Winnebago counties each reported 2 deaths; Door and Fond du Lac counties each reported. The death toll is 12,387.

The admission rate increased again, in large part due to the small number of cases that have been reported recently. Admissions are declining, but not at the same pace as new cases. DHS data show that 56 people have been hospitalized in the last 24 hours. It moved our estimated 7-day average slightly up from 34 to 36 cases a day, and the hospitalization rate is up to 4.28% of all cases during the pandemic, back to where it was on January 25th. There are 59,327 people.

We reported yesterday that the current number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals is below 300 for the first time sent at the end of July last year. That Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reported 248 COVID-19 patients admitted, of whom 53 were on intensive care. Hospitals in the Northeast Health Region had 32 of these patients, with 5 in the intensive care unit. Fox Valley hospitals treated 12 of the patients and were left with no COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit. We will have updated patient numbers later this afternoon.

Since September last year, DHS published a monthly side-by-side comparison of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on the 15th day of the following month. The report was not released last month for January, which would have shown how both groups fared or suffered during the omicron rise. DHS mentioned technical difficulties. At the time of writing, the report for February has not been published either. We are keeping an eye on that update.

The total number of Wisconsinites who received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine and those who completed their vaccine series are only 200,000 apart. DHS reports that 3,734,441 residents received at least one dose, or 64.0% of the population. It says 3,534,050 completed their vaccinations with either both doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or by receiving a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a total of 60.6% of the population. More than half of them have received a booster shot – 1,932,303 Wisconsinites or 33.1%.

Tuesday’s vaccinations by age group (and change since last report)

  • 5 to 11: 26.8% received vaccine (+0.0) / 23.7% completed vaccinations (+0.1)
  • 12 to 17: 61.0% received vaccine (+0.0) / 57.3% completed vaccinations (+0.1)
  • 18 to 24: 59.8% received vaccine (+0.1) / 54.1% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 25 to 34: 63.8% received vaccine (+0.0) / 59.1% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 35 to 44: 69.0% received vaccine (+0.0) / 65.4% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 45 to 54: 71.5% received vaccine (+0.0) / 68.5% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 55 to 64: 78.0% received vaccine (+0.0) / 75.3% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 65 and up: 85.6% received vaccine (+0.0) / 82.3% completed vaccinations (+0.0)

Tuesday’s vaccinations by county population (and change since last report)

In our post-county vaccinations update, only two counties experienced increases in the percentage of residents who got their first shot or completed their vaccinations. Two more counties had their vaccination rates revised.

County (population)
(Health Region)
% of the population
with at least 1 dose
% of the population
completed series
Brown (264,542) (NE) 65.5% 62.6%
Calumet (50,089) (FV) 56.8% 54.5%
Dodge (87,839) 52.4% 50.1%
Door (27,668) (NE) 78.5% 74.3%
Florence (4,295) (NE) 52.5% (-0.1) 49.9%
Fond du Lac (103,403) (SE) 55.7% 53.0%
Forest (9,004) 52.6% 49.8%
Green Lake (18,913) (FV) 57.3% 54.5%
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE) 52.5% 50.9%
Langlade (19,189) 53.8% 51.5%
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE) 60.4% 58.1% (+0.1)
Marinette (40,350) (NE) 53.2% 50.8%
Menominee (4,556) (FV) 80.2% 76.4% (+0.1)
Oconto (37,930) (NE) 52.8% 50.9%
Outagamie (187,885) (FV) 64.1% 61.2%
Shawano (40,899) (FV) 47.8% (+0.1) 45.9%
Sheboygan (115,340) (SE) 62.8% 60.1% (+0.1)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV) 55.4% 53.3%
Waushara (24,443) (FV) 45.9% 43.8%
Winnebago (171,907) (FV) 62.1% 59.1% (+0.1)
NORTHEAST REGION (474,200) (NE) 297,502 (62.7%) 284,752 (60.0%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,682) (FV) 329,349 (59.9%) 314,558 (57.2%)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434) 3,734,441 (64.0%) 3,534,050 (60.6%)

To find free COVID-19 vaccination sites near you, send an SMS with your zip code to 438829. Visit wbay.com/vaccine for a list of health organizations that offer vaccine shots.

TUESDAY COUNTY CASES AND DEATH TOTALS* (bold font indicates change in case or death since last report) **

  • Brown – 69,773 cases (+11) (395 deaths) (+3)
  • Calumet – 11,478 cases (+5) (97 deaths) (+2)
  • Dickinson (Mich.) * – 4,982 cases (85 deaths)
  • Dodge – 24,291 cases (+9) (279 deaths) (+2)
  • Door – 6,558 cases (+2) (58 deaths) (+1)
  • Florence – 807 cases (16 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 29,285 cases (+1) (235 deaths) (+1)
  • Forest – 2,426 cases (+1) (46 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.) * – 2,721 cases (39 deaths)
  • Green Lake – 4,166 cases (52 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.) * – 2,303 cases (70 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 4,546 cases (41 deaths)
  • Langlade – 4,862 cases (65 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 17,219 cases (+4) (155 deaths)
  • Marinette – 9,634 cases (+6) (98 deaths)
  • Menominee (Mich.) * – 3,879 cases (60 deaths)
  • Menominee – 1,844 (+4) (13 deaths)
  • Oconto – 9,295 cases (+1) (91 deaths) (+2)
  • Outagamia – 42,211 cases (+13) (336 deaths) (+2)
  • Shawano – 9,714 cases (123 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 29,297 cases (+4) (257 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 11,276 cases (+2) (193 deaths)
  • Waushara – 4,964 cases (+1) (69 deaths) (+2)
  • Winnebago – 43,628 cases (+11) (326 deaths) (+2)

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

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

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