Deaths fall to less than 10 a day
Deaths fall to less than 10 a day

Deaths fall to less than 10 a day

MADISON, Wisconsin (WBAY) – A day after COVID-19’s death toll reached 12,000 in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services reports that the 7-day average of recent deaths has dropped to single digits for the first time in six months, with an average at 9 deaths a day.

DHS figures show that 45 deaths have been reported in the last 24-hour period. Ten of these people died within the last 30 days, and these are the only reports that DHS counts in its 7-day average, which is the lowest since September 5, 2021. Eight counties in the WBAY viewing area reported 12 of the 45 deaths : Brown (2), Dodge (2), Fond du Lac, Langlade, Outagamie (2), Shawano, Sheboygan and Winnebago (2).

DHS says 517 tests came back positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, lowering the 7-day average to 560 cases a day. The rolling average has dropped from 600 a day earlier. The number of new coronavirus cases is declining at a slower pace, but we have not seen it level. It is a good sign that the positivity rate is still falling and is below 4% for the first time since July last year. DHS says that 3.8% of all tests in the last week were positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Eighty patients were hospitalized in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19. There were 474 COVID-19 patients in Wisconsin hospitals, 13 fewer than the day before after taking into account discharges and deaths, according to Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). 83 of these patients are in intensive care units, 11 fewer than on Wednesday. The Northeast Health Region in 7 counties saw an increase of 56 COVID-19 patients, 9 in the intensive care unit – 2 more patients and 1 more in the intensive care unit than on Wednesday. For the 8-county Fox Valley Health Region, it was mixed with 38 COVID-19 patients, 1 more than Wednesday, and 4 of them in the intensive care unit, a decrease of 1.

As we reported yesterday, the spread of the COVID-19 virus was high in 66 counties over the last two weeks and very high in 6 others. There are no counties where the virus spread is low or moderate, but there are also no more counties where it is critically high. These labels are based on the last two weeks with COVID-19 cases per per capita and the course of the past week – whether the number of cases was declining, grew or did not show any significant change. In the WBAY display area:

No significant change: Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Menominee, Waupaca, Waushara

Shrinks: Brown, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Langlade, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Winnebago

Since the pandemic reached Wisconsin 25 months ago, there have been:

  • 1,383,296 confirmed cases (23.76% of the state’s population)
  • 58,918 admissions (4.26% of all cases)
  • 12,057 deaths (0.87% of all cases)
  • 9,303,309 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered
  • 3,729,395 Wisconsin residents receive at least one dose (63.9% of the population)
  • 3,524,754 complete their vaccine series (60.4% of the population)
  • 1,912,040 also receive a booster shot (32.8% of the population)

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

  • 5 to 11: 26.6% received vaccine (+0.1) / 23.2% completed vaccinations (+0.1)
  • 12 to 17: 60.8% received vaccine (+0.0) / 56.9% completed vaccinations (+0.1)
  • 18 to 24: 59.6% received vaccine (+0.1) / 53.8% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 25 to 34: 63.7% received vaccine (+0.0) / 58.9% completed vaccinations (+0.1)
  • 35 to 44: 68.9% received vaccine (+0.0) / 65.3% completed vaccinations (+0.1)
  • 45 to 54: 71.4% received vaccine (+0.0) / 68.4% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 55 to 64: 77.9% received vaccine (+0.0) / 75.2% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 65 and up: 85.7% received vaccine (+0.0) / 82.4% completed vaccinations (+0.0)

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

Dodge County reached 50% of its population by completing its vaccine series. Sheboygan County is approaching 60% of the population by completing their vaccinations.

County (population)
(Health Region)
% of the population
with at least 1 dose
% of the population
completed series
Brown (264,542) (NE) 65.4% 62.4%
Calumet (50,089) (FV) 56.7% 54.4%
Dodge (87,839) 52.4% 50.0% (+0.1)
Door (27,668) (NE) 78.5% 74.1%
Florence (4,295) (NE) 52.4% 49.8%
Fond du Lac (103,403) (SE) 55.6% 52.9%
Forest (9,004) 52.6% 49.7%
Green Lake (18,913) (FV) 57.3% 54.4%
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE) 52.5% 50.7% (-0.1)
Langlade (19,189) 53.8% 51.5%
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE) 60.4% 57.9%
Marinette (40,350) (NE) 53.2% 50.7%
Menominee (4,556) (FV) 80.0% 76.2%
Oconto (37,930) (NE) 52.7% 50.8%
Outagamie (187,885) (FV) 64.0% 61.1% (+0.1)
Shawano (40,899) (FV) 47.7% (+0.1) 45.8% (+0.1)
Sheboygan (115,340) (SE) 62.7% (+0.1) 59.9% (+0.1)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV) 55.3% 53.2%
Waushara (24,443) (FV) 45.9% 43.8%
Winnebago (171,907) (FV) 62.0% 58.9%
NORTHEAST REGION (474,200) (NE) 297,057 (62.6%) 283,852 (59.8%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,682) (FV) 328,896 (59.8%) 313,667 (57.0%)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434) 3,729,395 (63.9%) 3,524,754 (60.4%)

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.

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

  • Brown – 69,642 cases (+21) (384 deaths) (+2)
  • Calumet – 11,452 cases (+7) (92 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.) * – 4,967 cases (85 deaths)
  • Dodge – 24,233 cases (+9) (269 deaths) (+2)
  • Door – 6,547 suitcases (+3) (50 deaths)
  • Florence – 806 cases (15 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 29,223 cases (+13) (220 deaths) (+1)
  • Forest – 2,425 cases (46 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.) * – 2,712 cases (38 deaths)
  • Green Lake – 4,158 cases (+3) (49 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.) * – 2,291 cases (69 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 4,547 cases (+1) (38 deaths)
  • Langlade – 4,852 cases (62 deaths) (+1)
  • Manitowoc – 17,190 cases (+7) (151 deaths)
  • Marinette – 9,601 cases (97 deaths)
  • Menominee (Mich.) * – 3,855 cases (60 deaths)
  • Menominee – 1,833 (13 deaths)
  • Oconto – 9,280 cases (84 deaths)
  • Outagamia – 42,123 cases (+12) (321 deaths) (+2)
  • Shawano – 9,695 cases (+4) (119 deaths) (+1)
  • Sheboygan – 29,244 cases (+14) (251 deaths) (+1)
  • Waupaca – 11,248 cases (+1) (192 deaths)
  • Waushara – 4,956 cases (67 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 43,481 cases (+17) (316 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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