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Daily coronavirus cases over 2,500; total coronavirus cases passes 110,000

The state received more than 15,000 tests, the most since early August
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Published: Sep. 25, 2020 at 2:08 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2020 at 4:08 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin added almost 10,000 coronavirus cases in five days as it reported 2,504 positive tests on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 110,828 people testing positive for the coronavirus. That’s 13,579 more cases than seven days ago.

The state received 15,079 test results -- the most since August 6 -- which helped to lower the positive rate to 16.61% from Thursday’s 18.01% but higher than the 13% rate on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Every county except Iron and Pepin reported positive cases.

Wisconsin has added an average 1,936 cases per day for the past 7 days. Despite the new cases being the 2nd highest daily total on record, the 7-day average is down from yesterday’s average of 1,940. It’s the first decline in the 7-day average since September 11. However, the 14-day average is still rising, up to 1,756 cases per day, since it still includes all of the days with more than 2,000 test results.

Nine more people died -- in Calumet, Marinette, Outagamie, Winnebago, Milwaukee (2), Pierce, Taylor and Walworth counties. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 1,274 but the death rate from known cases is down to 1.15%.

As of Friday the state had more than 17,000 active cases (17,170), increasing that metric to 15.5% of all coronavirus cases since February 5. There were 92,366 people (83.4%) medically cleared or passed 30 days since their diagnosis or onset of symptoms.

Sixty-five more patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment, for a total 6,962 coronavirus patients being hospitalized in Wisconsin at some point. Wisconsin’s 7-day average is 56 COVID-19 hospitalizations per day.

The number of currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients reported by the Wisconsin Hospitalization Association is up to 543. That’s 15 more than Thursday and 201 more than a week ago after taking deaths and hospital discharges into account. Of these, 147 are in intensive care, which is 4 fewer than Thursday and 49 more than a week ago.

The report on hospital readiness updated Friday shows 19% of licensed medical beds statewide are available. In the 7-county Northeast Region, there were 81 COVID-19 patients (23 in ICU) and 27% of beds were open. The 8-county Fox Valley Region had 83 patients (11 in ICU) and 13% of beds available.

Dr. Rai expressed concern Thursday on Action 2 News This Morning about the number of people being hospitalized. “We have many more in the hospital now than we did in the outbreak of the spring, the first time that we had gotten really bad. Now it’s much worse,” he said. He noted hospitals still need to provide care for others, “from somebody having a stroke to a heart attack to breaking their hip or needing knee surgery.”

The percentage of hospitalizations from all known coronavirus cases declined to 6.4% -- a metric we’ve seen steadily go down. The sharp increase in cases and steady decline in the death toll can be attributed to better treatments but even more to the virus spreading among young adults. They’re less likely to suffer the serious symptoms of the coronavirus that require hospitalization -- in fact, may show no symptoms at all -- but can still spread the virus to others and to vulnerable populations.

Age groupTotal casesTotal deathsTotal cases
7 days ago
Total deaths
7 days ago
0-103,54703,0180
10-1914,250011,5720
20-2928,476924,3649
30-3916,8131714,70315
40-4914,5973812,67036
50-5915,0438512,83384
60-699,7552108,292204
70-795,0443294,316314
80-892,4433662,133351
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Earlier this week, Gov. Tony Evers extended the face mask order and declared a new public health emergency. Health experts say face masks are still the most effective way the general public can slow the spread of the coronavirus, but only if the masks are worn appropriately -- over the nose and chin.

[CLICK HERE to find a community testing site]

To help people understand how their decisions affect their own health and others, the Department of Health Services has a decision tool at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/decision.htm. Going beyond reiterating best practices like social distancing and wearing masks, the tool describes how choices matter and offers suggestions to make activities safer.

FRIDAY’S CASE NUMBERS (counties with new cases or deaths are in bold)

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 226 cases (+7) (4 deaths)
  • Ashland - 90 cases (+8) (2 deaths)
  • Barron - 444 cases (+7) (4 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 96 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Brown - 8,499 cases (+278) (62 deaths)
  • Buffalo - 134 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Burnett - 172 cases (+7) (3 deaths)
  • Calumet - 1,012 cases (+28) (3 deaths) (+1)
  • Chippewa - 517 cases (+19)
  • Clark – 373 cases (+14) (8 deaths)
  • Columbia - 573 cases (+15) (2 deaths)
  • Crawford – 156 cases (+4)
  • Dane – 9,345 cases (+142) (41 deaths)
  • Dodge – 1,782 cases (+54) (14 deaths)
  • Door - 300 cases (+7) (3 deaths)
  • Douglas - 417 cases (+12)
  • Dunn - 472 cases (+23)
  • Eau Claire - 1,776 cases (+48) (6 deaths)
  • Florence - 87 cases (+9) (1 death)
  • Fond du Lac - 1,953 cases (+61) (13 deaths)
  • Forest - 257 cases (+6) (4 deaths)
  • Grant - 926 cases (+32) (19 deaths)
  • Green - 475 cases (+9) (2 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 244 cases (+13)
  • Iowa - 177 cases (+3)
  • Iron - 138 cases (1 death)
  • Jackson - 133 cases (+8) (1 death)
  • Jefferson - 1,331 cases (+33) (8 deaths)
  • Juneau - 364 cases (+10) (2 deaths)
  • Kenosha - 3,428 cases (+41) (65 deaths)
  • Kewaunee - 486 cases (+27) (2 deaths)
  • La Crosse - 2,946 cases (+108) (2 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 260 cases (+12)
  • Langlade - 158 cases (+5) (2 deaths)
  • Lincoln - 186 cases (+10) (1 death)
  • Manitowoc - 992 cases (+35) (3 deaths)
  • Marathon - 1,234 cases (+41) (14 deaths)
  • Marinette - 854 cases (+38) (8 deaths) (+1)
  • Marquette - 238 cases (+15) (1 death)
  • Menominee - 63 cases (+4)
  • Milwaukee – 27,937 (+581) (527 deaths) (+2)
  • Monroe - 475 cases (+31) (2 deaths)
  • Oconto - 794 cases (+29) (4 deaths)
  • Oneida - 419 cases (+21) (2 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 4,030 cases (+110) (29 deaths) (+1)
  • Ozaukee - 1,304 cases (+20) (19 deaths)
  • Pepin - 59 cases
  • Pierce – 428 cases (+9) (7 deaths) (+1)
  • Polk – 236 cases (+5) (2 deaths)
  • Portage - 1,335 cases (+49) (4 deaths)
  • Price - 73 cases (+4)
  • Racine - 4,723 cases (+37) (95 deaths)
  • Richland - 118 cases (+15) (4 deaths)
  • Rock – 2,447 cases (+65) (32 deaths)
  • Rusk - 59 cases (+4) (1 death)
  • Sauk - 868 cases (+10) (3 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 202 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Shawano – 732 cases (+44) (1 death)
  • Sheboygan - 1,549 cases (+20) (15 deaths)
  • St. Croix - 885 cases (+17) (8 deaths)
  • Taylor - 167 cases (+4) (4 deaths) (+1)
  • Trempealeau - 610 cases (+14) (2 deaths)
  • Vernon - 208 cases (+15)
  • Vilas - 193 cases (+9) (1 death)
  • Walworth - 2,549 cases (+24) (35 deaths) (+1)
  • Washburn – 98 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Washington - 2,497 cases (+55) (32 deaths)
  • Waukesha - 7,075 cases (+70) (87 deaths)
  • Waupaca - 987 cases (+24) (20 deaths)
  • Waushara - 320 cases (+16) (2 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 3,378 cases (+210) (25 deaths) (+1)
  • Wood - 759 cases (+20) (5 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula* (updated at 3:30 P.M.)

  • Alger - 16 cases
  • Baraga - 17 cases
  • Chippewa - 50 cases
  • Delta – 334 cases (+34) (7 deaths)
  • Dickinson – 125 cases (+5) (2 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 146 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Houghton – 362 cases (+26) (2 deaths)
  • Iron – 141 cases (+20) (1 death)
  • Keweenaw – 8 cases (+1)
  • Luce – 12 cases
  • Mackinac - 41 cases
  • Marquette - 297 cases (+4) (12 deaths)
  • Menominee - 323 cases (+10) (1 death)
  • Ontonagon – 41 cases
  • Schoolcraft - 23 cases (+1)

*The State of Michigan says it will only report county case numbers Monday-Saturday. State health officials say weekend data are often erratic and generally lower than other days due to reduced testing and lab staffing.

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

Prevention

  • The coronavirus is a new, or “novel,” virus. Nobody has a natural immunity to it. Children and teens seem to recover best from the virus. Older people and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) are considered at high risk, according to the CDC. Precautions are also needed around people with developing or weakened immune systems.
  • To help prevent the spread of the virus:
  • Stay at least six feet away from other people
  • Avoid close contact with people who are or appear sick
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates and nonessential appointments
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask. At a minimum, use a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

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