Percentage of active cases hits new low for second day, another 1,062 coronavirus cases confirmed

 wbay.com  08/01/2020 19:18:11 

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) -The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says another 1,062 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total confirmed case count in the state since testing began to more than 54,000.

So far, 54,002 people have tested positive, with 9,753 of those cases still being active, or 18.1% of all confirmed cases, according to the DHS. That is a new low percentage, after the state reported active cases were at 18.3% on Friday.

The percentage of active cases fell below 19% before it started climbing again earlier this month. It appears this decline was helped by new CDC guidelines last week that lets a person infected with the coronavirus end their isolation after 10 days if they never exhibit symptoms.

According to the DHS, out of Saturdays total number of test results (14,858), 7.1% were positive, which is an increase from Fridays percentage of 5.41%.

Another 13,796 people tested negative for the virus.

In Wisconsin, all but seven of the states 72 counties reported an increase in cases, while in Upper Michigan, seven out of the regions 15 counties reported an increase in cases.

The state is nearing a total of 950,000 people having been tested since it began, with 949,947 tested so far.

Out of those cases, 43,284 are considered recovered, which equals 80.2%.

In addition, the state says 13 more COVID-19 deaths were reported Saturday. The state reports a total 947 people, or 1.8% of patients, have died. That percentage hasnt changed since July 23 after a slow but steady decline.

New deaths were reported by the DHS in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Ozaaukee, Waukesha and Waupaca Counties.

Today's #COVID19_WI update w/4 counties reporting a 10% or greater increase in positive cases since yesterday. Check your county: https://t.co/qZw0nSFx5E
*Note: 15 deaths are reported today. However 2 recent cases were incorrectly reported to us & are subtracted from the total. pic.twitter.com/AOWtzL2OSn

— WIDeptHealthServices (@DHSWI) August 1, 2020

Another 44 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized since Friday. There are currently 279 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, an increase from Fridays report of 255 being currently hospitalized. 88 of those patients are in intensive care. The DHS reports at least 8.7% of coronavirus patients have been hospitalized at some point for treatment.

There are another 157 people in hospitals suspected of having COVID-19 waiting for test results. The Wisconsin Hospital Association reports 19% of medical beds in the state are still available.

County by county cases (counties listed in bold were reported to have new cases):

Wisconsin

  • Adams - 69 cases (2 deaths)
  • Ashland - 19 cases (+4)
  • Barron - 253 cases (+25) (3 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 19 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Brown - 3,962 cases (+43) (51 deaths)
  • Buffalo  41 cases (2 deaths)
  • Burnett - 14 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Calumet - 246 cases (+10) (2 deaths)
  • Chippewa  209 cases (+1)
  • Clark - 173 cases (+5) (7 deaths)
  • Columbia - 219 cases (+6) (1 death)
  • Crawford  57 cases (+1)
  • Dane  4,112 cases (+26) (37 deaths)
  • Dodge - 675 cases (+20) (5 deaths)
  • Door - 85 cases (+1) (3 deaths)
  • Douglas - 122 cases (+9)
  • Dunn - 105 cases (+3)
  • Eau Claire - 485 cases (+11) (3 deaths)
  • Florence - 7 cases
  • Fond du Lac - 545 cases (+16) (6 deaths)
  • Forest - 59 cases (+1) (4 deaths)
  • Grant - 320 cases (+2) (14 deaths)
  • Green - 125 cases (+2) (1 death)
  • Green Lake - 52 cases
  • Iowa  63 cases (+1)
  • Iron - 71 cases (1 death)
  • Jackson - 47 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Jefferson - 550 cases (+6) (5 deaths)
  • Juneau - 122 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Kenosha  2,453 cases (+27) (53 deaths) (+1)
  • Kewaunee - 110 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • La Crosse - 795 cases (+7) (1 death)
  • Lafayette - 105 cases (+2)
  • Langlade - 46 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Lincoln - 61 cases (+1)
  • Manitowoc - 295 cases (+8) (1 death)
  • Marathon - 561 cases (+14) (6 deaths) (+1)
  • Marinette - 298 cases (+18) (3 deaths)
  • Marquette - 69 cases (1 death)
  • Menominee - 18 cases
  • Milwaukee  19,519 cases (+271) (446 deaths) (+8)
  • Monroe - 212 cases (+7) (1 death)
  • Oconto - 178 cases (+14)
  • Oneida - 87 cases (+6)
  • Outagamie - 1,077 cases (+16) (13 deaths)(+1)
  • Ozaukee  558 cases (+30) (17 deaths) (+1)
  • Pepin - 40 cases
  • Pierce - 169 cases (+5)
  • Polk - 117 cases (+6) (2 deaths)
  • Portage - 344 cases (+7)
  • Price  21 cases (+2)
  • Racine - 3,191 cases (+96) 76 deaths (revised from Fridays DHS report of 77)
  • Richland - 27 cases (+2) (4 deaths)
  • Rock - 1,357 cases (+15) (26 deaths)
  • Rusk - 15 cases (+1) (1 death)
  • Sauk  372 cases (+25) (3 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 36 cases (+2)
  • Shawano - 153 cases (+6)
  • Sheboygan  586 cases (+8) (5 deaths)
  • St. Croix - 442 cases (+3) (2 deaths)
  • Taylor - 50 cases (+3)
  • Trempealeau - 305 cases (+4) (2 deaths)
  • Vernon - 58 cases (+3)
  • Vilas - 30 cases (+1)
  • Walworth  1,225 cases (+46) (21 deaths)
  • Washburn - 29 cases (+8)
  • Washington - 860 cases (+55) (22 deaths)
  • Waukesha  3,578 cases (+90) (54 deaths) (+1)
  • Waupaca - 359 cases (+9) (15 deaths) (+1)
  • Waushara - 100 cases (+1)
  • Winnebago - 1,041 cases (+27) (17 deaths)
  • Wood - 229 cases (+13) (1 death)

Michigans Upper Peninsula

  • Alger - 6 cases
  • Baraga - 5 cases
  • Chippewa - 23 cases (+2)
  • Delta - 60 cases (+3) (3 deaths)
  • Dickinson - 44 cases (+1) (2 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 81 cases (+5) (1 deaths)
  • Houghton  40 cases
  • Iron - 17 cases (1 death)
  • Keweenaw - 2 cases
  • Luce - 3 cases
  • Mackinac - 16 cases
  • Marquette - 123 cases (+6) (11 deaths)
  • Menominee - 87 cases (+5)
  • Ontonagon - 3 cases
  • Schoolcraft - 9 cases (+1)

The state offers an online a tool that displays COVID-19 activity over the past 2 weeks for every county, including the number of cases per 100,000 residents and whether cases are on an upward, even, or downward trend. You can view it by clicking here.

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

Symptoms that require immediate medical attention include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to rouse
  • Bluish lips or face
  • The CDC says this is not an all-inclusive list. Consult a medical provider about any symptoms that are severe or concerning.

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.
  • Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles)

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