Over 1,000 cases; the number of patients has increased, the death rate has decreased
Over 1,000 cases;  the number of patients has increased, the death rate has decreased

Over 1,000 cases; the number of patients has increased, the death rate has decreased

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – We wrote yesterday that there is a saying: Once is coincidence, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern. The pattern shows a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin.

For the third day in a row, the state reported over 1,000 new cases (1,245). That is slightly lower than the 1,310 cases identified on Thursday and the 1,585 cases on Wednesday. The Department of Health Services (DHS) told us earlier this week that these are largely the result of recent tests – after weekends of religious holidays and spring break. Out of the 20 counties we track, only Kewaunee County did not report new cases Friday. Fourteen counties had single-digit increases and 5 counties had double-digit cases.

The positivity rate is above 7% for the first time in two months, at 7.2%. That is the percentage of COVID-19 tests in the past week that came back positive.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the level of COVID-19 in the community is low in 69 counties compared to 72 a week ago. Levels are moderate in Barron, Dane and Rusk counties. The CDC not only measures activity based on the proportion of positive tests, but also takes into account hospital admissions for COVID-19 and the percentage of beds filled with COVID-19 patients.

DHS figures show that a low number of people were hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 15 hospitalized in the last 24-hour period across the country. That is close to our calculated 7-day average of 16 patients per day.

Despite these low numbers, the number of patients increased for the third day in a row to 162 COVID-19 patients filling hospital beds, with 33 of them on intensive care, according to Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). There are 21 more in hospitals and 9 more in intensive care than 3 days ago.

Hospitals in the 7-county Northeast health care region have 19 of these patients, 3 on the ICU – 2 more patients than Thursday, but the same number on the ICU. Hospitals in the Fox Valley region with 8 counties treat 4 COVID-19 patients, 2 in the intensive care unit – 1 fewer person in the intensive care unit and 3 fewer patients overall.

Fewer people die. The death rate dropped from 0.92% to 0.91% of all known cases since the pandemic started, after only 1 death was added to the state’s COVID-19 death in the past 24 hours. DHS says the death toll in Kenosha County was recent, and the 7-day average held at 2 deaths a day.

A Wisconsin vaccinator will administer the 2nd millionth COVID-19 booster shot this weekend. DHS reports 1,999,661 booster doses as of Friday. That is out of 9,446,188 doses of COVID-19 vaccine given since mid-December 2020.

All daily COVID-19 vaccine numbers had increased compared to Thursday – total doses, booster doses, Wisconsin people with at least one dose, the Wisconsin population completing their vaccine series, and the Wisconsin population getting boosters. But none of them were higher than a week ago, causing each of the 7-day averages to drop to a new record low: 2,240 daily doses; 3,431 daily booster doses; 293 more Wisconsinites each day receive at least their first dose; 430 Wisconsinites complete their vaccine series every day; 1,011 Wisconsinites get a booster shot every day.

Friday’s vaccinations by age group

  • 5 to 11: 27.5% received vaccine / 24.6% completed vaccinations
  • 12 to 17: 61.5% received vaccine / 58.0% completed vaccinations / 19.0% (+0.1) received booster
  • 18 to 24: 60.2% received vaccine / 54.7% completed vaccinations / 19.0% received booster
  • 25 to 34: 64.2% received vaccine / 59.7% (+0.1) completed vaccinations / 25.1% (+0.1) received booster
  • 35 to 44: 69.3% (+0.1) received vaccine / 65.8% completed vaccinations / 32.7% (+0.1) received booster
  • 45 to 54: 71.7% received vaccine / 68.8% completed vaccinations / 37.6% received booster
  • 55 to 64: 78.1% received vaccine / 75.5% completed vaccinations / 48.9% (+0.1) received booster
  • 65 and up: 85.5% received vaccine / 82.4% completed vaccinations / 67.4% (+0.1) received booster

Friday’s vaccinations by county population

County (population)
(Health Region)
% of the population
with at least 1 dose
% of the population
completed series
Brown (264,542) (NE) 65.7% 63.1%
Calumet (50,089) (FV) 56.9% 54.8%
Dodge (87,839) 52.6% 50.4%
Door (27,668) (NE) 78.7% (+0.1) 74.6%
Florence (4,295) (NE) 52.9% 50.1% (-0.1)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (SE) 55.8% 53.3%
Forest (9,004) 52.7% 50.2%
Green Lake (18,913) (FV) 57.3% 54.7%
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE) 52.7% 51.1%
Langlade (19,189) 54.0% 51.9%
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE) 60.6% 58.4%
Marinette (40,350) (NE) 53.5% 51.2%
Menominee (4,556) (FV) 80.7% (+0.1) 77.3% (+0.2)
Oconto (37,930) (NE) 52.9% 51.2%
Outagamie (187,885) (FV) 64.3% 61.7%
Shawano (40,899) (FV) 47.9% 46.3%
Sheboygan (115,340) (SE) 63.0% 60.5%
Waupaca (50,990) (FV) 55.6% 53.7% (+0.1)
Waushara (24,443) (FV) 46.2% 44.2%
Winnebago (171,907) (FV) 62.3% 59.5%
NORTHEAST REGION (474,200) (NE) 298,402 (62.9%) 286,484 (60.4%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,682) (FV) 330,456 (60.1%) 316,647 (57.6%)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434) 3,748,025 (64.3%) 3,557,434 (61.0%)

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.

FRIDAY COUNTY CASES AND DEATH TOTALS (bold font indicates increase since last report)

Note: Michigan only updates county cases and deaths on Wednesdays

  • Brown – 70,393 cases (+41) (425 deaths)
  • Calumet – 11,571 cases (+8) (99 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.) – 4,987 cases (86 deaths)
  • Dodge – 24,560 cases (+10) (294 deaths)
  • Door – 6,608 suitcases (+2) (61 deaths)
  • Florence – 814 cases (+1) (16 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 29,576 cases (+9) (254 deaths)
  • Forest – 2,438 cases (+1) (48 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.) – 2,744 cases (40 deaths)
  • Green Lake – 4,252 cases (+9) (54 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.) – 2,316 cases (71 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 4,561 cases (42 deaths)
  • Langlade – 4,883 cases (+1) (73 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 17,364 cases (+6) (158 deaths)
  • Marinette – 9,698 cases (+3) (104 deaths)
  • Menominee – 1,846 (+1) (14 deaths)
  • Menominee (Mich.) – 3,945 cases (60 deaths)
  • Oconto – 9,348 cases (+4) (96 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 42,659 cases (+36) (356 deaths)
  • Shawano – 9,773 cases (+4) (127 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 29,505 cases (+18) (267 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 11,349 cases (+1) (194 deaths)
  • Waushara – 5,011 cases (+3) (70 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 44,214 sager (+34) (332 deaths)

You can find cases and deaths for all 72 Wisconsin counties on DHS County Data Website and for Michigan counties on Michigan Department of Health COVID-19 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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