Wisconsin: 795 new coronavirus cases, 13 deaths

1 in 20 young teens and 4 in 5 senior adults are fully vaccinated
(Associated Press)
Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 2:17 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 23, 2021 at 5:39 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported almost 800 new coronavirus cases and 13 COVID-19 deaths on Friday.

The DHS says 795 tests were positive among 5,408 people tested for the first time or testing positive for the first time, affecting 66 counties. It was the most positive tests in a few days and raised the 7-day average to 654 cases per day. Looking at all tests received in the past day, including people tested multiple times, the positivity rate’s 7-day average fell again to 3.1%, back to where it was on April 1 when it was climbing from a low of 2.0% in early March.

Two weeks ago, Wisconsin was on pace to reach a milestone 600,000 coronavirus cases as soon as today. The pace of new cases slowed, and now we’re about 6,000 cases, or about 9 days, from reaching that mark.

The 13 deaths are the most added in one day since April 8, and is the 2nd highest one-day increase in over a month. The deaths were in eight counties: Brown, Kenosha, Marinette, Milwaukee (2), Ozaukee, Walworth (2), Washington (3) and Waukesha (2). They bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 6,738. Wisconsin’s 7-day average rose slightly to 5 deaths per day, but the death rate held steady for a third day at 1.13% of all coronavirus cases.

Vaccination numbers from the DHS show 1 in 20 teens (5.0%) age 16 and 17 are fully vaccinated. That number should start jumping next week when more become eligible for their second dose -- three weeks after vaccinations opened to that age group unconditionally. Also, 4 out of 5 seniors (80.1%) age 65 and older have received at least one dose, while 73.5% are fully vaccinated.

The DHS reports 1,769,406 Wisconsin residents (30.4%) are now fully vaccinated out of 2,417,622 (41.5%) who’ve received at least one shot. Vaccinators have administered 4,125,027 shots since December 13. The state says the 7-day average for vaccinations slipped again to 42,099 doses per day, compared to 55,590 a week ago and a peak of 63,318 vaccinations on April 11.

Only Door and Menominee counties in WBAY’s viewing area are above the state average for vaccinations. Brown, Door, Forest, Florence, Manitowoc and Menominee are ahead of the state for completed vaccinations.

Vaccination numbers continue to soften, and the state is seeing more people completing their vaccinations than starting. State health leaders said Thursday that while the supply of COVID-19 vaccine is nearing the point of exceeding demand, there’s more emphasis on reaching people who had difficulty getting vaccinated or have been hesitant to receive the shot. State health officials are promoting the CDC’s Vaccine Finder website to make it easier to find and schedule appointments near you.

FRIDAY’S COUNTY VACCINATION TOTALS

County (Population+Health region)Received at least 1 dose (% of pop.)Completed (% of pop.)
Brown (264,542) (NE)109,090 (41.2%)84,367 (31.9%)
Calumet (50,089) (FV)18,770 (37.5%)14,185 (28.3%)
Dodge (87,839)29,099 (33.1%)21,868 (24.9%)
Door (27,668) (NE)16,070 (58.1%)12,351 (44.6%)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (FV)37,064 (35.8%)29,282 (28.3%)
Forest (9,004)3,357 (37.3%)2,787 (31.0%)
Florence (4,295) (NE)1,650 (38.4%)1,420 (33.1%)
Green Lake (18,913) (FV)6,972 (36.9%)5,620 (29.7%)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE)7,287 (35.7%)5,856 (28.7%)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE)31,793 (40.3%)24,630 (31.2%)
Marinette (40,350) (NE)14,261 (35.3%)10,801 (26.8%)
Menominee (4,556) (FV)1,981 (43.5%)1,747 (38.3%)
Oconto (37,930) (NE)13,515 (35.6%)11,083 (29.2%)
Outagamie (187,885) (FV)75,163 (40.0%)55,583 (29.6%)
Shawano (40,899) (FV)12,583 (30.8%)10,222 (25.0%)
Sheboygan (115,340)46,462 (40.3%)34,412 (29.8%)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV)17,755 (34.8%)13,989 (27.4%)
Waushara (24,443) (FV)7,226 (29.6%)6,020 (24.6%)
Winnebago (171,907) (FV)67,159 (39.1%)50,658 (29.5%)
NORTHEAST REGION (NE)193,666 (40.8%)150,508 (31.7%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (FV)207,609 (37.8%)158,024 (28.7%)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434)2,417,622 (41.5%)1,769,406 (30.4%)

Vaccinations by age group:

  • 16-17: 21.7% received a dose/5.0% completed
  • 18-24: 30.2% received a dose/16.6% completed
  • 25-34: 36.9% received a dose/23.6% completed
  • 35-44: 44.7% received a dose/29.7% completed
  • 45-54: 47.1% received a dose/30.9% completed
  • 55-64: 57.9% received a dose/38.4% completed
  • 65+: 80.1% received a dose/73.5% completed

Vaccinations by race:

  • American Indian: 25.2% received a dose/18.5% completed
  • Asian: 34.6% received a dose/19.8% completed
  • Black: 18.2% received a dose/12.2% completed
  • White: 39.0% received a dose/29.0% completed
    • Hispanic: 23.6% received a dose/14.5% completed
    • Non-Hispanic: 40.1% received a dose/29.6% completed

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.

CLICK HERE to track vaccine data in Wisconsin

Since February 5, 2020, the DHS reports 3,403,332 people in Wisconsin were tested at least once for the coronavirus. Out of these:

  • 593,789 tested positive for the COVID-19 virus
  • 28,865 were hospitalized (4.9%)
  • 6,738 died (1.13%)
  • 577,684 are considered recovered (97.3%)
  • 9,099 are still active cases (1.5%)

HOSPITAL READINESS

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says 48 more people were hospitalized for COVID-19 since this time Thursday, below the 7-day average which falls to 68 hospitalizations per day. To date, 28,865 people have ever been hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment in Wisconsin, or almost 1 in 20 cases.

Taking discharges and deaths into account, there was a net increase of 7 patients since Thursday. The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reported 353 people are hospitalized, including 108 in ICU. That’s 8 fewer patients in ICU than 24 hours earlier.

Fox Valley hospitals were treating 22 COVID-19 patients, with 2 of them in ICU. That’s 4 more patients overall, but the number in ICU is the same as Thursday.

Northeast region hospitals were treating 27 COVID-19 patients, 3 more since Thursday, with 10 in ICU, which is a decrease of one.

In terms of hospital readiness, the WHA reports 232 intensive care beds (15.8% of the state’s ICU beds) and a total 1,823 of all hospital beds (16.3%) in the state’s 136 hospitals are unoccupied. Total beds include ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative-flow isolation, and these beds are for all patients, not just COVID-19. We use terms like “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’s 13 hospitals have 15 open ICU beds (14.4%) among them, and a total 109 open beds (12.8%).

The 10 hospitals in the Northeast region had 26 open ICU beds (12.7%) and 212 open beds of all types (22.2%).

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

Wisconsin

  • Adams – 1,694 cases (+2) (12 deaths)
  • Ashland – 1,230 cases (+3) (16 deaths)
  • Barron – 5,669 cases (+3) (77 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 1,121 cases (+2) (19 deaths)
  • Brown – 31,213 cases (+32) (235 deaths) (+1)
  • Buffalo – 1,346 cases (+1) (7 deaths)
  • Burnett – 1,336 cases (+4) (22 deaths)
  • Calumet – 5,723 cases (+3) (46 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 7,285 cases (+3) (94 deaths)
  • Clark – 3,213 cases (58 deaths)
  • Columbia – 5,315 cases (+6) (57 deaths)
  • Crawford – 1,704 cases (17 deaths)
  • Dane – 43,830 (+65) (293 deaths)
  • Dodge – 11,720 cases (+9) (162 deaths)
  • Door – 2,578 cases (+3) (22 deaths)
  • Douglas – 3,944 cases (+4) (33 deaths)
  • Dunn – 4,586 cases (+11) (32 deaths)
  • Eau Claire – 11,424 cases (+9) (106 deaths)
  • Florence - 446 cases (+3) (12 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 12,253 cases (+8) (105 deaths)
  • Forest - 950 cases (+2) (23 deaths)
  • Grant – 4,863 cases (+4) (85 deaths)
  • Green – 3,460 cases (+7) (17 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 1,560 cases (+1) (19 deaths)
  • Iowa - 1,995 cases (+2) (10 deaths)
  • Iron - 571 cases (21 deaths)
  • Jackson - 2,611 cases (+2) (26 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 8,253 cases (+7) (108 deaths)
  • Juneau - 3,091 cases (+10) (21 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 15,366 cases (+22) (306 deaths) (+1)
  • Kewaunee – 2,325 cases (+3) (25 deaths)
  • La Crosse – 12,598 cases (+16) (80 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 1,545 cases (+1) (7 deaths)
  • Langlade - 1,983 cases (+3) (32 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 3,039 cases (+3) (61 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 7,460 cases (+13) (69 deaths)
  • Marathon – 14,374 cases (+21) (185 deaths)
  • Marinette - 4,070 cases (+4) (66 deaths) (+1)
  • Marquette – 1,363 cases (+1) (22 deaths)
  • Menominee - 793 cases (+1) (11 deaths)
  • Milwaukee – 104,063 (+168) (1,282 deaths) (+2)
  • Monroe – 4,458 cases (+6) (37 deaths)
  • Oconto – 4,382 case (+4) (50 deaths)
  • Oneida - 3,595 case (+6) (68 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 20,386 cases (+10) (201 deaths)
  • Ozaukee – 8,080 cases (+10) (84 deaths) (+1)
  • Pepin – 835 cases (7 deaths)
  • Pierce – 3,824 cases (+17) (36 deaths)
  • Polk – 4,285 cases (+18) (43 deaths)
  • Portage – 6,662 cases (+3) (67 deaths)
  • Price – 1,220 cases (+2) (7 deaths)
  • Racine – 21,253 cases (+22) (337 deaths)
  • Richland - 1,296 cases (+1) (15 deaths)
  • Rock – 15,465 cases (+49) (167 deaths)
  • Rusk - 1,285 cases (+3) (17 deaths)
  • Sauk – 5,696 cases (+11) (46 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 1,629 cases (+12) (24 deaths)
  • Shawano – 4,668 cases (+2) (70 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 13,609 cases (+14) (136 deaths)
  • St. Croix – 7,435 cases (+33) (50 deaths)
  • Taylor - 1,853 cases (+2) (24 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 3,504 cases (+2) (40 deaths)
  • Vernon – 1,898 cases (+1) (39 deaths)
  • Vilas - 2,220 cases (39 deaths)
  • Walworth – 9,320 cases (+11) (135 deaths) (+2)
  • Washburn – 1,424 cases (+3) (18 deaths)
  • Washington – 14,456 cases (+21) (146 deaths) (+3)
  • Waukesha – 43,251 cases (+32) (517 deaths) (+2)
  • Waupaca – 4,858 cases (117 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,148 cases (+6) (33 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 17,918 cases (+14) (191 deaths)
  • Wood – 6,899 cases (+11) (77 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula **

  • Alger - 306 cases (2 deaths)
  • Baraga - 546 cases (+1) (33 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 1,001 cases (+5) (27 deaths)
  • Delta – 3,119 cases (+11) (68 deaths)
  • Dickinson - 2,331 cases (+8) (56 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 997 cases (22 deaths)
  • Houghton – 2,411 cases (+2) (32 deaths)
  • Iron – 917 cases (+2) (42 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 138 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Luce – 172 cases (+8)
  • Mackinac - 375 cases (+1) (3 deaths)
  • Marquette - 4,022 cases (+4) (56 deaths)
  • Menominee - 1,720 cases (+3) (39 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 393 cases (+1) (20 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft - 287 cases (+1) (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