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74 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Northwestern Wisconsin Oct. 22

Price County reported 18 new cases, while Taylor County added 12.

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Seventy-four people across all 10 counties in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, Oct. 22, according to the state Department of Health Services.

The new cases were reported as follows: 18 in Price County; 12 in Taylor County; eight in Douglas County; seven in Iron County; six each in Bayfield and Washburn counties; five each in Ashland and Rusk counties; four in Burnett County; and three in Sawyer County.

They among 3,413 reported in the state Thursday, and bring the state's total to 186,100. The seven-day percentage of positive cases by person was 23%.

An additional 22 people died from the virus Thursday, pushing the total number of deaths since the pandemic started to 1,703. Overall, about 1% of people who have contracted the virus have died, DHS figures show.

The number of negative tests in the state was 1,730,646, an increase of 12,082 from the previous day.


An additional 151 people were hospitalized because of the virus Thursday. There are currently 1,190 Wisconsinites hospitalized because of the virus, a record-high number that continues to climb. Overall, 5% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Thursday's report also showed that 78% of the people who have tested positive for the virus have recovered. That means 21%, or 38,852 cases, are currently active.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 73
  • Deaths: 3
  • Total cases: 251
  • Total negative tests: 3,889

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 29
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 192
  • Total negative tests: 3,787

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 36
  • Deaths: 6
  • Total cases: 286
  • Total negative tests: 3,532

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 105
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 715
  • Total negative tests: 9,712

Iron County

  • Active cases: 22
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 177
  • Total negative tests: 1,702

Price County

  • Active cases: 144
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 317
  • Total negative tests: 3,514

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 62
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 165
  • Total negative tests: 2,878

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 58
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 353
  • Total negative tests: 5,270

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 114
  • Deaths: 7
  • Total cases: 407
  • Total negative tests: 3,577

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 38
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 212
  • Total negative tests: 3,637

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

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