Wisconsin reports 34 COVID-19 deaths, most since mid-February – WBAY

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin’s COVID-19 death toll rose by the largest number in over two months Wednesday when the Department of Health Services recorded 34 more deaths in 19 counties — twice as many deaths as the day before and the most added in one day since February 19. The rolling, 7-day average jumped from 8 to 12 deaths per day — the first time the rolling average has been in double digits since March 9.

Counties reporting deaths were: Barron (3), Brown (4), Dane (2), Fond du Lac (4), Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Lincoln, Marathon, Milwaukee (3), Oconto (2), Polk, Racine, Rock (2), Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington (2), Waukesha (2) and Winnebago.

It pushed the state’s death toll past 6,800, to 6,807 people, an increase of about 100 in ten days.

The state also added 688 people to the total infected with the COVID-19 virus. That was out of 5,123 people being tested for the first time or testing positive for the first time. The 7-day average rose from 604 to 613 new cases per day. The positivity rate’s rolling average went down, though, from 3.2% to 3.1% of all tests, when you include people tested multiple times. In the past week, counties in the western part of the state at or near the Minnesota state line have seen the largest increase in cases as a percentage of their population.

As we’ve been reporting, the state is seeing a softening in the number of people seeking out COVID-19 vaccinations. We’re up to 42.5% of the population receiving at least one shot, which is 2,473,608 people. We’re nearing 1 in 3 residents fully vaccinated (32.4%) with 1,889,058 getting both shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. County vaccination rates are listed a little later in this article.

A new report shows the rate of COVID-19 infections in people fully vaccinated is just 3 in 1,000 — compared to 1 in 10 among the general population since the virus first appeared here in February, 2020 (see related story).

The fastest growth in vaccinations is among 16- and 17-year-olds. They’re approaching 1 in 4 getting a vaccine (24.0%) — most of them since vaccinations opened up to that group unconditionally three weeks ago, on April 5.

Vaccinations by age group:

  • 16-17: 24.0% received a dose/7.1% completed
  • 18-24: 31.7% received a dose/18.6% completed
  • 25-34: 38.1% received a dose/26.0% completed
  • 35-44: 46.0% received a dose/32.5% completed
  • 45-54: 48.5% received a dose/34.0% completed
  • 55-64: 59.3% received a dose/42.8% completed
  • 65+: 80.5% received a dose/74.4% completed

Vaccinations by race/ethnicity:

  • American Indian: 25.8% received a dose/19.6% completed
  • Asian: 36.4% received a dose/22.2% completed
  • Black: 19.0% received a dose/13.3% completed
  • White: 39.8% received a dose/30.9% completed
    • Hispanic: 24.9% received a dose/16.1% completed
    • Non-Hispanic: 41.0% received a dose/31.6% completed

State health officials are promoting the CDC’s Vaccine Finder website to make it easier to find and schedule appointments near you.

WEDNESDAY’S COUNTY VACCINATION TOTALS

County (Population + Health region) Received at least 1 dose (% of pop.) Completed (% of pop.)
Brown (264,542) (NE) 111,136 (42.0%) 91,260 (34.5%)
Calumet (50,089) (FV) 19,124 (38.2%) 14,915 (29.8%)
Dodge (87,839) 29,678 (33.8%) 22,945 (26.1%)
Door (27,668) (NE) 16,209 (58.6%) 12,890 (46.6%)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (FV) 37,735 (36.5%) 30,719 (29.7%)
Forest (9,004) 3,377 (37.5%) 2,859 (31.8%)
Florence (4,295) (NE) 1,667 (38.8%) 1,427 (33.2%)
Green Lake (18,913) (FV) 7,091 (37.5%) 5,812 (30.7%)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE) 7,378 (36.1%) 6,117 (29.9%)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE) 32,314 (40.9%) 25,763 (32.6%)
Marinette (40,350) (NE) 14,504 (35.9%) 11,328 (28.1%)
Menominee (4,556) (FV) 1,999 (43.9%) 1,764 (38.7%)
Oconto (37,930) (NE) 13,720 (36.2%) 11,641 (30.7%)
Outagamie (187,885) (FV) 77,103 (41.0%) 58,796 (31.3%)
Shawano (40,899) (FV) 12,768 (31.2%) 10,602 (25.9%)
Sheboygan (115,340) 47,390 (41.1%) 37,395 (32.4%)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV) 18,154 (35.6%) 14,467 (28.4%)
Waushara (24,443) (FV) 7,318 (29.9%) 6,235 (25.5%)
Winnebago (171,907) (FV) 68,435 (39.8%) 52,597 (30.6%)
NORTHEAST REGION (NE) 196,928 (41.5%) 160,426 (33.8%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (FV) 211,992 (38.6%) 165,188 (30.1%)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434) 2,473,608 (42.5%) 1,889,058 (32.4%)

CLICK HERE for the First Alert Vaccine Team’s guide to vaccine clinics and vaccinators, including phone numbers and websites to make appointments and information on free rides to appointments.

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Since February 5, 2020, the DHS reports 3,434,656 people in Wisconsin were tested at least once for the coronavirus. Out of these:

  • 596,552 tested positive for the COVID-19 virus
  • 29,182 were hospitalized (4.9%)
  • 6,807 died (1.14%)
  • 580,517 are considered recovered (97.4%)
  • 8,961 are active cases (1.5%)

HOSPITAL READINESS

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 79 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the 24-hour period ending Wednesday morning, less than the 100 admissions in the previous 24-hour period but still above the 7-day average of 60 patients per day.

Taking hospital discharges and deaths into account, there are 11 more currently hospitalized compared to Tuesday afternoon. The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reports the state’s 136 hospitals are treating 342 COVID-19 patients, with 107 of them in ICU. That’s a net increase of 2 patients in intensive care.

The Fox Valley’s 13 hospitals are treating 20 patients, with 3 in ICU. That’s 2 more in ICU since Tuesday but 1 less patient overall.

The 10 hospitals in the Northeast region have 28 COVID-19 patients, the same number as the day before, with 7 in ICU, which is one less than Tuesday.

For hospital readiness, the WHA reports the state has 271 intensive care beds available (18.5%) and a total 1,873 of all beds (16.8%) available — ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative-flow isolation. These beds are for all patients, not just COVID-19. We use terms like “available” or “open” or “unoccupied,” but a hospital can only put a patient in a bed if it has the staff to care for them, including doctors, nurses and food services.

The Fox Valley region has 20 open ICU beds (19.2%) among them, and a total 105 open beds (12.3%).

The Northeast region has 26 open ICU beds (12.6%) and 203 open beds of all types (21.2%).

WEDNESDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS (counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold) *

Wisconsin

  • Adams – 1,699 cases (+2) (12 deaths)
  • Ashland – 1,235 cases (+1) (15 deaths)
  • Barron – 5,701 cases (+15) (81 deaths) (+3)
  • Bayfield – 1,124 cases (+2) (19 deaths)
  • Brown – 31,319 cases (+23) (240 deaths) (+4)
  • Buffalo – 1,346 cases (7 deaths)
  • Burnett – 1,344 cases (+3) (22 deaths)
  • Calumet – 5,735 cases (+1) (46 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 7,299 cases (+4) (94 deaths)
  • Clark – 3,221 cases (+3) (58 deaths)
  • Columbia – 5,346 cases (+7) (57 deaths)
  • Crawford – 1,708 cases (cases revised -1 by state) (17 deaths)
  • Dane – 44,063 (+46) (297 deaths) (+2)
  • Dodge – 11,762 cases (+8) (162 deaths)
  • Door – 2,580 cases (22 deaths)
  • Douglas – 3,968 cases (+4) (34 deaths)
  • Dunn – 4,603 cases (+2) (32 deaths)
  • Eau Claire – 11,450 cases (+9) (107 deaths)
  • Florence – 442 cases (12 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 12,271 cases (+4) (110 deaths) (+4)
  • Forest – 950 cases (+1) (23 deaths)
  • Grant – 4,878 cases (+2) (85 deaths)
  • Green – 3,470 cases (+4) (18 deaths)
  • Green Lake – 1,565 cases (+4) (19 deaths)
  • Iowa – 2,005 cases (+1) (10 deaths)
  • Iron – 574 cases (21 deaths)
  • Jackson – 2,614 cases (+1) (26 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 8,302 cases (+9) (109 deaths)
  • Juneau – 3,115 cases (+7) (22 deaths) (+1)
  • Kenosha – 15,438 cases (+20) (306 deaths) (+1)
  • Kewaunee – 2,327 cases (+1) (25 deaths)
  • La Crosse – 12,658 cases (+14) (81 deaths)
  • Lafayette – 1,549 cases (+3) (8 deaths) (+1)
  • Langlade – 1,985 cases (32 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 3,040 cases (+1) (62 deaths) (+1)
  • Manitowoc – 7,482 cases (+3) (69 deaths)
  • Marathon – 14,460 cases (+35) (188 deaths) (+1)
  • Marinette – 4,101 cases (+10) (66 deaths)
  • Marquette – 1,368 cases (+2) (22 deaths)
  • Menominee – 793 cases (11 deaths)
  • Milwaukee – 104,556 (+106) (1,296 deaths) (+3)
  • Monroe – 4,481 cases (+9) (37 deaths)
  • Oconto – 4,398 case (+3) (53 deaths) (+2)
  • Oneida – 3,609 case (+3) (69 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 20,470 cases (+11) (202 deaths)
  • Ozaukee – 8,102 cases (+11) (84 deaths)
  • Pepin – 845 cases (+4) (7 deaths)
  • Pierce – 3,878 cases (+15) (36 deaths)
  • Polk – 4,343 cases (+7) (44 deaths) (+1)
  • Portage – 6,688 cases (+10) (68 deaths)
  • Price – 1,225 cases (7 deaths)
  • Racine – 21,403 cases (+34) (340 deaths) (+1)
  • Richland – 1,299 cases (15 deaths)
  • Rock – 15,640 cases (+45) (168 deaths) (+2)
  • Rusk – 1,288 cases (+3) (17 deaths)
  • Sauk – 5,729 cases (+10) (47 deaths)
  • Sawyer – 1,641 cases (+4) (24 deaths)
  • Shawano – 4,673 cases (+2) (70 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 13,639 cases (+5) (138 deaths) (+1)
  • St. Croix – 7,556 cases (+28) (50 deaths)
  • Taylor – 1,856 cases (+1) (24 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 3,521 cases (+4) (41 deaths)
  • Vernon – 1,904 cases (+1) (39 deaths)
  • Vilas – 2,234 cases (+10) (40 deaths)
  • Walworth – 9,359 cases (+7) (136 deaths) (+1)
  • Washburn – 1,429 cases (+2) (18 deaths)
  • Washington – 14,523 cases (+23) (149 deaths) (+2)
  • Waukesha – 43,425 cases (+40) (522 deaths) (+2)
  • Waupaca – 4,865 cases (+1) (117 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,150 cases (33 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 17,988 cases (+25) (194 deaths) (+1)
  • Wood – 6,935 cases (+13) (77 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula **

  • Alger – 307 cases (2 deaths)
  • Baraga – 561 cases (+5) (33 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 1,017 cases (+5) (27 deaths)
  • Delta – 3,182 cases (+17) (69 deaths)
  • Dickinson – 2,343 cases (+2) (57 deaths)
  • Gogebic – 1,001 cases (+1) (22 deaths)
  • Houghton – 2,433 cases (+6) (32 deaths)
  • Iron – 932 cases (+8) (42 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 141 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Luce – 174 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Mackinac – 389 cases (+3) (3 deaths)
  • Marquette – 4,070 cases (+5) (57 deaths)
  • Menominee – 1,733 cases (+5) (39 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 397 cases (+1) (20 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft – 293 cases (+3) (4 deaths)

* Cases and deaths are from the daily DHS COVID-19 reports, which may differ from local health department numbers. The DHS reports cases from all health departments within a county’s boundaries, including tribal, municipal and county health departments; county websites may not. Also, public health departments update their data at various times, whereas the DHS freezes the numbers it receives by the same time every day to compile the afternoon report.

** The Michigan Department of Health does not release reports on Sundays.

CDC GUIDANCE ON GATHERINGS

The Centers for Disease Control have announced that fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing.

The CDC’s recommendations also say vaccinated people can come together in the same way – in a single household — with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren.

The CDC is continuing to recommend that fully vaccinated people still wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public. The CDC also advised vaccinated people to get tested if they develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 TRACING APP

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 tracing app, “Wisconsin Exposure Notification,” is available for iOS and Android smartphones. No download is required for iPhones. The Android app is available on Google Play. When two phones with the app (and presumably their owners) are close enough, for long enough, they’ll anonymously share a random string of numbers via Bluetooth. If someone tests positive for the coronavirus, they’ll receive a code to type into the app. If your phones “pinged” each other in the last 14 days, you’ll receive a push notification that you are at risk of exposure. The app doesn’t collect personal information or location information, so you won’t know from whom or where, but you will be told what day the exposure might have occurred so that you can quarantine for the appropriate amount of time.

SYMPTOMS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

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