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147 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Northwestern Wisconsin Oct. 19

The new positive cases include those not reported by DHS over the weekend.

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After not reporting COVID-19 cases over the weekend, the state Department of Health Services reported 3,777 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, Oct. 19.

The DHS website was down over the weekend for maintenance, so officials did not release figures for Saturday and Sunday. Positive cases identified Saturday totaled 2,645 and 2,014 on Sunday, according to DHS. Combined with the cases reported Monday, they bring the state's total to 173,891. The seven-day percentage of positive cases by person was 21.1%.

In the three days since COVID-19 data was reported, all 10 counties in Northwestern Wisconsin reported new cases of COVID-19.

New cases were reported as follows: 27 in Taylor County; 23 each in Douglas and Sawyer counties; 20 in Ashland County; 14 in Rusk County; 12 in Price County; eight each in Bayfield and Burnett counties; seven in Washburn County; and five in Iron County.

In addition to 14 deaths over the weekend, the state reported 12 deaths from the virus Monday, putting the total number of people who have died at 1,600. Overall, about 1% of people who contracted the virus in Wisconsin have died, DHS data shows.


The number of negative tests in the state was 1,703,813, an increase of 38,354 since Friday.

An additional 165 people were hospitalized because of the virus Monday. There are currently 1,090 Wisconsinites hospitalized because of the virus. Overall, 5% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Monday's report also showed that 79% of the people who have tested positive for the virus have recovered. That means 20%, or 35,345 cases, are currently active.

Here's the breakdown in the 10-county region:

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 71
  • Deaths: 3
  • Total cases: 234
  • Total negative tests: 3,833

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 24
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 176
  • Total negative tests: 3,747

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 30
  • Deaths: 6
  • Total cases: 269
  • Total negative tests: 3,460

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 113
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 696
  • Total negative tests: 9,573

Iron County

  • Active cases: 11
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 164
  • Total negative tests: 1,686

Price County

  • Active cases: 129
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 284
  • Total negative tests: 3,437

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 68
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 153
  • Total negative tests: 2,809

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 64
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 342
  • Total negative tests: 5,173

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 87
  • Deaths: 6
  • Total cases: 361
  • Total negative tests: 3,485

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 24
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 180
  • Total negative tests: 3,514

Visit the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard or Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 page for updates.

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