Cases down, death and hospital numbers up

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin passed 61,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations and is nearing 13,000 COVID-19 deaths in the pandemic. Numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show 1,803 new cases. That’s more than a day ago but below the 7-day average, which was down for a 10th straight day to 1,829 cases per day.

Every one of the 20 counties we’re tracking in Northeast Wisconsin reported at least 2 new cases. Manitowoc County reported over 100 new cases. Ten counties had new cases in double digits.

The percentage of COVID-19 tests in the last week that were positive is unchanged. The positivity rate is 12.2%, pausing or ending its fall from 14.1% earlier this month.

Ten recent deaths were reported to the state, causing the 7-day average to rise from 1 to 4 cases per day. The death toll jumped by a total of 24 cases, but the majority of them were more than a month ago and were not calculated in the average. It’s the biggest one-day increase in the death toll since March 28. The DHS had not reported any deaths since May 20, and on Monday it had revised the death toll downwards. Still, the number did not change the death rate of 0.89% of all known cases proving fatal.

Winnebago County reported 2 deaths. Brown, Menominee, Outagamie and Sheboygan each reported 1. Only the Menominee County death was in the last 30 days.

Fifty-two people were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment in the last 24-hour period, well above our calculated 7-day average of 32 new patients per day. The latest Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) numbers show 352 COVID-19 patients, putting us back exactly where we were two days ago. The ICU patient numbers increased by 3 to 56, the most COVID-19 patients in ICU at one time since March 10.

The 10 Northeast health care region hospitals were treating 23 patients with COVID-19, 3 in ICU – 2 more in intensive care, 3 more patients overall. The 13 Fox Valley hospitals were treating 14, with 2 in ICU – 3 fewer in intensive care and 3 fewer patients in hospitals overall.

Vaccinations improved to 34.5% of Wisconsinites having at least one booster COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, or 2,009,960 people. The DHS says 64.4% of the state population has received at least one COVID-19 shot (3,757,064 people) and 61.2% of Wisconsinites completed their vaccine series (3,570,307 people) with two Pfizer or Moderna doses or one Johnson & Johnson dose.

12- to 17-year-olds are on the verge of 1 in 5 having a booster. More than 2 in 3 seniors adults, 65 and older, received at least one booster shot.

25- to 30-year-olds are on the verge of 3 in 5 completing their vaccination series.

The number of Wisconsinites completing their vaccinations reached a new low with a 7-day average of 359 per day. We told you that was going to happen when first-time vaccinations hit all-time lows three and four weeks ago; since the vast majority were getting Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, the second doses are required three or four weeks later, respectively. First-time vaccinations have not rebounded much since then.

Wednesday’s Vaccinations by Age Group (and change in percentages since the last report)

  • 5 to 11: 27.9% received vaccine / 25.1% completed vaccinations / 0.0% received booster
  • 12 to 17: 61.8% received vaccine / 58.4% completed vaccinations / 19.9% ​​(+0.1) received booster
  • 18 to 24: 60.5% received vaccine / 55.0% completed vaccinations / 19.6% received booster
  • 25 to 34: 64.5% received vaccine / 59.9% completed vaccinations / 25.6% received booster
  • 35 to 44: 69.4% received vaccine / 66.0% completed vaccinations / 33.2% received booster
  • 45 to 54: 71.8% received vaccine / 69.0% completed vaccinations / 38.2% received booster
  • 55 to 64: 78.2% received vaccine / 75.7% completed vaccinations / 49.5% received booster
  • 65 and up: 85.4% received vaccine / 82.6% completed vaccinations / 68.0% (+0.1) received booster

Wednesday’s Vaccinations by County Population (and change in percentages since Friday)

County (Population)
(Health region)
% of population
with at least 1 dose
% of population
completed series
Brown (264,610) (NE) 65.9% 63.2%
Calumet (50,209) (FV) 57.0% 54.9%
Dodge (87,336) 52.7% 50.5%
Door (27,889) (NE) 78.9% 75.0%
Florence (4,298) (NE) 52.9% (-0.1) 50.2% (-0.1)
Fond du Lac (102,902) (SE) 55.9% 53.5%
Forest (8,960) 52.9% 50.5% (+0.1)
Green Lake (18,908) (FV) 57.5% 54.9%
Kewaunee (20,386) (NE) 52.7% (-0.1) 51.3% (-0.1)
Langlade (19,119) 54.0% (-0.1) 52.0%
Manitowoc (78,757) (NE) 60.8% 58.6% (+0.1)
Marinette (40,262) (NE) 53.6% 51.4%
Menominee (4,546) (FV) 81.2% 77.9%
Oconto (38,383) (NE) 53.1% 51.3%
Outagamie (188,766) (FV) 64.5% 61.9% (+0.1)
Shawano (40,786) (FV) 48.0% 46.4%
Sheboygan (115,240) (SE) 63.1% 60.7% (+0.1)
Waupaca (50,664) (FV) 55.6% 53.8%
Waushara (24,326) (FV) 46.3% 44.4%
Winnebago (171,631) (FV) 62.4% 59.6%
NORTHEAST REGION (474,585) (NE) 299,208 (63.0%) 287,474 (60.6%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,836) (FV) 331,088 (60.2%) 317,596 (57.8%)
WISCONSIN (5,832,655) 3,757,064 (64.4%) 3,570,307 (61.2%)

To find free COVID-19 vaccination sites near you, text your ZIP Code to 438829. Visit wbay.com/vaccine for a list of health care organizations offering vaccine shots.

WEDNESDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS * (boldface indicates change since last report)

  • Brown – 72,282 cases (+73) (427 deaths) (+1)
  • Calumet – 11,840 cases (+11) (99 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.) ** – 5,113 cases (+25) (88 deaths)
  • Dodge – 25,012 cases (+7) (294 deaths)
  • Door – 6,811 cases (+12) (61 deaths)
  • Florence – 826 cases (+2) (17 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 30,493 cases (+40) (259 deaths)
  • Forest – 2,479 cases (+6) (48 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.) ** – 2,814 cases (+17) (40 deaths)
  • Green Lake – 4,426 cases (+2) (55 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.) ** – 2,360 cases (+11) (71 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 4,659 cases (+2) (42 deaths)
  • Langlade – 5,031 cases (+10) (75 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 17,853 cases (+102) (161 deaths)
  • Marinette – 9,924 cases (+13) (108 deaths)
  • Menominee – 1,950 cases (+5) (15 deaths) (+1)
  • Menominee (Mich.) ** – 4,039 cases (+26) (60 deaths)
  • Oconto – 9,491 cases (+7) (97 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 43,692 cases (+26) (358 deaths) (+1)
  • Shawano – 10,167 cases (+8) (129 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 30,282 cases (+26) (272 deaths) (+1)
  • Waupaca – 11,665 cases (+15) (195 deaths)
  • Waushara – 5,172 cases (+4) (70 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 45,869 cases (+55) (336 deaths) (+2)

* You can find cases and deaths for all 72 Wisconsin counties on the DHS County Data website and for Michigan counties on the Michigan Department of Health COVID-19 website. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Hospital Association publish updates Mondays through Fridays.

** Michigan Department of Health updates county information on Wednesdays.

Cases and deaths are from state COVID-19 reports, which may differ from local health department numbers. The Wisconsin 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.

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