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57 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Northwestern Wisconsin Oct. 8

The state set records for cases reported in one day and the number of hospitalizations Thursday.

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Eight counties reported new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, Oct. 8, according to DHS .

The new cases were reported as follows: 21 in Douglas County; eight in Rusk County; 7 in Price County; 5 each in Ashland, Burnett, Sawyer and Taylor counties; and one in Iron County.

They were among a one-day record 3,132 new cases in the state reported Thursday, pushing the total to 141,830. The 7-day percentage for positive tests was 17.1%.

Nine additional people died from the virus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 1,424. Overall, 1% of people who contracted the virus in Wisconsin have died, DHS data shows.

The number of negative tests in the state was 1,506,828, an increase of 13,524 from the day before.


An additional 110 people were hospitalized because of the virus Thursday. There are currently a record 907 Wisconsinites hospitalized because of the virus. Overall, about 6% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Thursday's report showed that 80% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered. That means about 19%, or 26,774 cases, are active in the state.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 95
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 173
  • Total negative tests: 3,293

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 27
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 131
  • Total negative tests: 3,308

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 73
  • Deaths: 4
  • Total cases: 238
  • Total negative tests: 3,044

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 127
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 587
  • Total negative tests: 8,702

Iron County

  • Active cases: 7
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 150
  • Total negative tests: 1,569

Price County

  • Active cases: 100
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 207
  • Total negative tests: 3,001

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 33
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 86
  • Total negative tests: 2,401

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 44
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 268
  • Total negative tests: 4,820

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 61
  • Deaths: 4
  • Total cases: 259
  • Total negative tests: 3,153

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 21
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 144
  • Total negative tests: 3,158

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

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