COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Cases Sneak Up

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – New COVID-19 cases have been recorded for the 5th day in a row, bearing in mind that the state does not update figures at the weekend. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) says the rolling average is 371 cases diagnosed each day in the past week, up from 360 yesterday. That was 321 a week ago. The positivity rate – the percentage of tests that return positive for the COVID-19 virus – has also risen again to 3.3%. The 7-day average started the week at 2.9%.

Eleven of the 20 counties we trace in northeastern Wisconsin have not had new cases since the last report, and eight of the remaining 9 had single-digit cases (Winnebago County was the exception with 11 new cases).

The deaths remain low, but ended their single-digit streak after 3 days. Ten deaths brought the death toll to 12,800, or 0.92% of all cases since the onset of the pandemic. The state says 8 out of 10 were in the past month. It did not move the 7-day average, which remained at 8 deaths a day. Counties in WBAY’s major viewing area have not submitted any death reports in the last 24-hour period. County cases and deaths are reported at the end of this article.

Fox Valley hospitals reported that they had no COVID-19 patients on Friday. They treated 3 a day earlier. There are 13 hospitals in the Fox Valley health area. The Wisconsin Hospital Association says this region has not had zero COVID-19 patients since July 11 last year, 264 days ago.

Hospitals in the Northeast Health Region care for 16 COVID-19 patients, 3 of whom are in the intensive care unit. The ICU population is unchanged compared to yesterday, but there are 4 fewer people in the hospitals overall.

Statewide, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reported 164 COVID-19 patients in hospitals – 16 fewer than Thursday. 32 of them are in intensive care units, which is 1 more than Thursday.

DHS data show that 19 people have been hospitalized in the last 24-hour period due to COVID-19. According to our calculations, the 7-day average dropped from 22 to 20 admissions per day, the lowest average in our records going back to April 22, 2020 (except for an anomaly last summer where the state had a data failure).

The disc finally moved on the percentage of Wisconsinites who completed their vaccine doses increased from 60.7% to 60.8%. Many of them would have received their first doses in early March. We are still at 64.1% of the state’s population receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with more than half of them – 33.5% of the population – also receiving a booster dose.

Friday’s vaccinations by age group (and change from last report)

  • 5 to 11: 27.2% received vaccine / 24.2% completed vaccinations
  • 12 to 17: 61.3% received vaccine / 57.7% (+0.1) completed vaccinations
  • 18 to 24: 60.0% received vaccine / 54.4% (+0.1) completed vaccinations
  • 25 to 34: 64.0% received vaccine / 59.4% (+0.1) completed vaccinations
  • 35 to 44: 69.1% received vaccine / 65.6% completed vaccinations
  • 45 to 54: 71.6% received vaccine / 68.6% completed vaccinations
  • 55 to 64: 78.0% received vaccine / 75.4% completed vaccinations
  • 65 and up: 85.5% received vaccine / 82.3% completed vaccinations

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) 65.6% 62.8%
Calumet (50,089) (FV) 56.9% 54.7%
Dodge (87,839) 52.5% 50.2%
Af (27,668) (NE) 78.6% 74.4%
Florence (4,295) (NE) 52.7% 50.0%
Fond du Lac (103,403) (SE) 55.7% 53.2% (+0.1)
Forest (9,004) 52.7% 50.0%
Green Lake (18,913) (FV) 57.4% 54.6%
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE) 52.6% 51.0%
Langlade (19,189) 53.8% 51.6%
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE) 60.5% 58.2%
Marinette (40,350) (NE) 53.3% 50.9%
Menominee (4,556) (FV) 80.5% (+0.1) 76.7% (+0.1)
Oconto (37,930) (NE) 52.9% 51.0%
Outagamie (187,885) (FV) 64.2% 61.4%
Shawano (40,899) (FV) 47.9% 46.1%
Sheboygan (115,340) (SE) 62.9% 60.3% (+0.1)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV) 55.5% 53.4%
Waushara (24,443) (FV) 46.1% 44.0%
Winnebago (171,907) (FV) 62.2% 59.2%
NORTHEAST REGION (474,200) (NE) 297,937 (62.8%) 285,482 (60.2%, +0.1)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,682) (FV) 329,908 (60.0%) 315,384 (57.4%, +0.1)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434) 3,740,894 (64.1%) 3,543,922 (60.8%, +0.1)

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: From next week, the week of April 4, Michigan will only update county cases and deaths once a week on Wednesdays.

  • Brown – 69,950 cases (+7) (420 deaths)
  • Calumet – 11,499 cases (99 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.) – 4,985 cases (+1) (86 deaths)
  • Dodge – 24,378 cases (+4) (291 deaths)
  • Door – 6,577 suitcases (+2) (61 deaths)
  • Florence – 811 cases (16 deaths)
  • Bottom of the lake – 29,351 cells (+2) (251 deaths)
  • Forest – 2,427 cases (47 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.) – 2,730 cases (+1) (40 deaths)
  • Green Lake – 4,185 cases (+1) (54 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.) – 2,310 boxes (+1) (71 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 4,548 cases (42 deaths)
  • Langlade – 4,870 cases (71 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 17,262 cases (+5) (158 deaths)
  • Marinette – 9,654 cases (104 deaths)
  • Menominee – 1,845 (14 deaths)
  • Menominee (Mich.) – 3,941 cases (+2) (60 deaths)
  • Oconto – 9,312 cases (95 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 42,333 cases (+8) (353 deaths)
  • Shawano – 9,732 cases (127 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 29,347 cases (262 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 11,307 cases (193 deaths)
  • Waushara – 4,974 cases (+1) (70 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 43,790 cases (+11) (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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