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78 people test positive, 1 dies from COVID-19 in Northwestern Wisconsin Nov. 8

The person who died was a resident of Rusk County.

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Across the 10 counties in Northwestern Wisconsin, 78 people tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday, Nov. 8, according to the state Department of Health Services.

They were reported as follows: 13 in Burnett County; 10 each in Douglas and Price counties; nine each in Bayfield and Taylor counties; eight in Sawyer County; seven each in Ashland and Washburn counties; four in Iron County; and one in Rusk County.

The new cases were among 4,280 reported in the state Sunday, pushing the total to 267,410. The seven-day percentage of positive cases by person was 34.4%.

A resident of Rusk County was among 11 deaths reported throughout Wisconsin. It was the second death for the county since the pandemic began. Statewide, 2,312 people have died from the virus, DHS said. Overall, about 1% of people who have contracted the virus have died.

The number of negative tests in the state was 1,916,801, an increase of 8,481 from the previous day.


An additional 112 people were hospitalized because of the virus Sunday. A record high 1,806 Wisconsinites are currently hospitalized because of the virus. Overall, about 5% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Sunday's report also showed that 77% of the people who have tested positive for the virus have recovered. That means 22%, or 58,119 cases, are currently active.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 95
  • Deaths: 5
  • Total cases: 394
  • Total negative tests: 4,409

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 115
  • Deaths: 3
  • Total cases: 388
  • Total negative tests: 4,268

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 71
  • Deaths: 6
  • Total cases: 402
  • Total negative tests: 3,999

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 148
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 1,043
  • Total negative tests: 10,927

Iron County

  • Active cases: 45
  • Deaths: 5
  • Total cases: 259
  • Total negative tests: 1,872

Price County

  • Active cases: 121
  • Deaths: 3
  • Total cases: 486
  • Total negative tests: 3,885

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 147
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 379
  • Total negative tests: 3,247

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 88
  • Deaths: 4
  • Total cases: 504
  • Total negative tests: 5,774

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 133
  • Deaths: 10
  • Total cases: 680
  • Total negative tests: 4,001

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 51
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 331
  • Total negative tests: 4,056

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

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