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20 people test positive, 2 die from COVID-19 in Northwestern Wisconsin Feb. 9

The people who died were residents of Sawyer County.

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Two Sawyer County residents died from complications related to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The people who died bring the total number of deaths in Sawyer County since the pandemic began to 19. They were among 39 people statewide whose deaths were reported Tuesday, DHS said, bringing the total to 6,094. Overall, 1% of people who have contracted the virus have died.

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An additional 20 Northwestern Wisconsin residents tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday. They were reported as follows: eight in Iron County; five in Burnett County; two each in Douglas, Rusk and Taylor counties; and one in Ashland County. No new cases were reported in Bayfield, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties.

Statewide, an additional 681 cases were reported Tuesday, DHS said, bringing the total to 551,050.


The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues to drop. On Tuesday, the figure was 970. The seven-day average of positive cases measures the average number of new cases per day over the previous week. An overall decrease in the seven-day average of positive cases indicates the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state is also going down, according to DHS.

The number of negative tests in the state was 2,541,584, an increase of 3,487 from the previous day.

An additional 102 people were hospitalized because of the virus Tuesday. Across the state, 572 people are currently hospitalized because of COVID-19 , and the total number of people receiving treatment in intensive care units is 134. DHS reported that 78% of the state's available hospital beds are occupied. Overall, 4.5% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Tuesday's report also showed that 96% of the people who have tested positive for the virus have recovered. That means 2%, or 13,454 cases, are currently active.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 42
  • Deaths: 16
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,162
  • Total negative tests: 6,564

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 39
  • Deaths: 18
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,055
  • Total negative tests: 6,439

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 32
  • Deaths: 23
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,130
  • Total negative tests: 5,749

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 103
  • Deaths: 23
  • Probable deaths: 14
  • Total cases: 3,629
  • Total negative tests: 17,618

Iron County

  • Active cases: 35
  • Deaths: 19
  • Probable deaths: 18
  • Total cases: 497
  • Total negative tests: 2,414

Price County

  • Active cases: 16
  • Deaths: 7
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,122
  • Total negative tests: 5,203

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 19
  • Deaths: 16
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 1,238
  • Total negative tests: 4,686

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 30
  • Deaths: 19
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,441
  • Total negative tests: 7,820

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 38
  • Deaths: 20
  • Probable deaths: 9
  • Total cases: 1,770
  • Total negative tests: 5,530

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 23
  • Deaths: 18
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 1,256
  • Total negative tests: 6,073

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

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