COVID-19 death rate drops slightly, more than 3,000 new cases confirmed Sunday

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – COVID-19 testing confirmed 3,493 new cases in Wisconsin Sunday. This comes after just last week, the state reported more than 5,000 new cases on three separate days.

The new cases were part of 18,062 new test results, the second highest amount of test results received by the state in a single day. The all-time daily test results record was set Friday, with 18,692 total new test results.

The positivity rate — a key metric indicating the spread of the virus — was 19.34%. The percentage is lower than the 7-day average, which is at 29.67%.

More than 14,500 people tested negative (14,569).

Since February, more than 228,000 (228,863) coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Wisconsin. A week ago, the cumulative confirmed case number was at 198,166. That means nearly 31,000 new cases (30,697) were added within the past week.

CLICK HERE FOR STATEMENTS FROM GOV. TONY EVERS AND HEALTH SECRETARY-DESIGNEE ANDREA PALM.

DEATHS

The state’s death toll rose by 16 within the past 24 hours, and now sits at 2,047. The death rate of all known cases in Wisconsin dropped slightly Sunday from 0.90% to 0.89%. The state is averaging 38 deaths a day throughout the past week.

County-by-county case numbers will be listed later in this article.

ACTIVE CASES

The percentage of active cases dropped Sunday to 20.8%. Saturday’s percentage sat at 21.4% after having increased from Friday’s percentage of 21.3%. Thursday’s percentage was 20.9%.

There are 47,551 people who were diagnosed in the past 30 days and haven’t been medically cleared.

The remaining 179,230 people who tested positive are considered recovered, or 78.3%. Saturday’s percentage was 77.7%, and on Friday, was at 77.8% of known cases.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

The Department of Health Services reports another 123 people were hospitalized in the past 24 hours. Since February, 11,497 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have been hospitalized because of serious symptoms.

The percentage of people diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus who were hospitalized held steady from Saturday at 5.0%. Friday’s hospitalization percentage was 5.1%.

Statewide Sunday, there were 1,534 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, including 347 in ICU, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). That’s 239 more total COVID-19 patients than one week ago, and 27 more COVID-19 patients in the ICU during that same timeframe.

There are currently nine patients at the alternate care facility (ACF) field hospital at the Wisconsin State Fair Park near Milwaukee, two less than Saturday. The facility helps the state’s hospitals make room for more serious patients by receiving patients who are closer to discharge but not quite ready, such as patients who can walk on their own but still need oxygen. To protect patient privacy, the DHS doesn’t say where patients are from. The ACF is funded by the federal CARES Act and there’s no charge to patients or their insurance for their care and transport to and from their local hospital.

HOSPITAL READINESS

The WHA reports 11.6% of state’s ICU beds are open right now, or 171 ICU beds among 134 hospitals. Overall, the state says 15% of all licensed medical beds are open.

In the eight-county Fox Valley region, there are 104 ICU beds in the 13 hospitals there, and 6 beds are open. The hospitals are caring for 139 COVID-19 patients with 22 of them in ICU. Eight of the 13 hospitals say they have less than a week’s supply of gowns available.

The seven-county Northeast region has 19 ICU beds open at its 10 hospitals, out of a total 207 ICU beds. Those hospitals are caring for 182 COVID-19 patients, 51 in ICU.

Day-to-day changes take hospital discharges and deaths into account.

NEW COMMUNITY TEST SITES

Gov. Tony Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm announced expanded community testing for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Seventy-one new community test sites were expected to open by the end of last week for testing through December 10. Once they’re all open, 56 counties and 7 tribal nations will have regular testing sites. Anyone who lives or works in Wisconsin can get tested. Although you can register at the test site, you’re encouraged to register ahead of time at the COVID Connect web site. Each site will be staffed by Wisconsin National Guard members and local site managers.

CLICK HERE for the list of testing sites by county.

Evers and Palm say each new site is able to open through a partnership with local and tribal health departments, the Wisconsin National Guard, the State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center and county and tribal emergency management, and the Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition.

SUNDAY’S COUNTY NUMBERS (Counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold)*

Wisconsin

  • Adams – 587 cases (+11) (5 deaths)
  • Ashland – 301 cases (+1) (3 deaths)
  • Barron – 1,320 cases (+39) (7 deaths)
  • Bayfield – 280 cases (+14) (2 deaths)
  • Brown – 16,210 cases (+95) (103 deaths)
  • Buffalo – 338 cases (+8) (3 deaths)
  • Burnett – 328 cases (+1) (6 deaths)
  • Calumet – 2,857 cases (+39) (14 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 1,958 cases (+19) (24 deaths)
  • Clark –1,021 cases (+23) (17 deaths)
  • Columbia – 1,945 cases (+37) (7 deaths)
  • Crawford – 389 cases (+15) (1 death)
  • Dane – 16,011 cases (+172) (49 deaths)
  • Dodge – 4,746 cases (+63) (35 deaths)
  • Door – 953 cases (+28) (9 deaths)
  • Douglas – 843 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Dunn – 1,193 cases (+16) (1 death)
  • Eau Claire – 3,960 cases (+115) (21 deaths)(+4)
  • Florence – 223 cases (+2) (8 deaths)(+1)
  • Fond du Lac – 5,111 cases (+117) (23 deaths)
  • Forest – 505 cases (+4) (11 deaths)
  • Grant – 2,043 cases (+25) (36 deaths)(+2)
  • Green – 1,058 cases (+28) (6 deaths)
  • Green Lake – 815 cases (+17) (4 deaths)
  • Iowa – 569 cases (+9) (2 deaths)
  • Iron – 216 cases (+4) (4 deaths)
  • Jackson – 602 cases (+11) (2 deaths)(+1)
  • Jefferson – 3,016 cases (+65) (19 deaths)
  • Juneau – 852 cases (+15) (5 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 5,570 cases (+192) (88 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 1,176 cases (+16) (8 deaths)(+1)
  • La Crosse – 4,608 cases (+58) (23 deaths)(+1)
  • Lafayette – 600 case (+11) (1 death)
  • Langlade – 1,081 cases (+16) (11 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 965 cases (+34) (12 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 3,085 cases (+72) (16 deaths)
  • Marathon – 5,441 cases (+119) (61 deaths)(+4)
  • Marinette – 1,915 cases (+45) (16 deaths)
  • Marquette – 705 cases (+37) (2 deaths)
  • Menominee – 344 cases (+4)
  • Milwaukee – 43,482 (+618) (593 deaths)(+1)
  • Monroe – 1,267 cases (+29) (8 deaths)
  • Oconto – 2,270 cases (+32) (18 deaths)
  • Oneida – 1,373 cases (+22) (13 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 9,864 cases (+114) (81 deaths)
  • Ozaukee – 2,529 cases (+37) (25 deaths)
  • Pepin – 170 cases (+8)
  • Pierce – 819 cases (+27) (7 deaths)
  • Polk – 664 cases (+24) (3 deaths)
  • Portage – 3,006 cases (+28) (21 deaths)
  • Price – 411 cases (+3) (3 deaths)
  • Racine – 8,178 cases (+68) (114 deaths)
  • Richland – 500 cases (+3) (9 deaths)
  • Rock – 5,700 cases (+167) (46 deaths)
  • Rusk – 251 cases (+10) (1 death)
  • Sauk – 1,967 cases (+40) (8 deaths)(+1)
  • Sawyer – 419 cases (+2) (4 deaths)
  • Shawano – 2,683 cases (+54) (26 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 5,290 cases (+132) (31 deaths)
  • St. Croix – 2,103 cases (+48) (11 deaths)
  • Taylor – 555 cases (+18) (7 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 1,144 cases (+21) (4 deaths)
  • Vernon – 543 cases (+5) (2 deaths)
  • Vilas – 656 cases (+18) (7 deaths)
  • Walworth – 3,590 cases (+1) (39 deaths)
  • Washburn – 267 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Washington – 4,887 cases (+78) (44 deaths)
  • Waukesha – 13,463 cases (+110) (125 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 2,616 cases (+30) (47 deaths)
  • Waushara – 1,107 cases (+16) (5 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 9,438 cases (+115) (67 deaths)
  • Wood – 1,933 cases (+16) (10 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula**

  • Alger – 91 cases (1 death)
  • Baraga – 105 cases (4 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 101 cases
  • Delta – 1,244 cases (30 deaths)
  • Dickinson – 738 cases (20 deaths)
  • Gogebic – 329 cases (3 deaths)
  • Houghton – 822 cases (8 deaths)
  • Iron – 444 cases (23 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 21 cases
  • Luce – 57 cases
  • Mackinac – 135 cases
  • Marquette – 1,089 cases (16 deaths)
  • Menominee – 691 cases (6 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 110 cases (1 death)
  • Schoolcraft – 95 cases

* Viewers have asked us why the state has different numbers than what’s reported on some county health department websites. 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 DHS reports deaths attributed to COVID-19 or in which COVID-19 contributed to their death. Most of the people severely affected by the coronavirus have underlying illnesses or conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity, which raises a person’s risk of dying from COVID-19 but would’ve lived longer if not for their infection. The state may revise case and death numbers after further review, such as the victim’s residence, duplicated records, or a correction in lab results. Details can be found on the DHS website and Frequently Asked Questions.

The state of Michigan does not update numbers on Sundays.**

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.

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. County and state health officials are reminding and urging people to stay home when they feel sick, avoid large gatherings, and distance yourself six feet from people who aren’t from your household.

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. The tool describes how choices matter and offers suggestions to make activities safer.

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