Douglas County reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, July 2, capping off a week in which its total number of cases nearly doubled.

The increase Thursday means Douglas County tallied 17 additional cases of the virus in the span of one week, nearly doubling its previous total of 20 cases. Prior to Thursday, June 25, it had been nearly three weeks since a new case of the illness was confirmed in Douglas County.

People who tested positive for the virus identified eight bars in the city of Superior they may have visited while they had symptoms, according to a news release sent by the county health department. The Telegram reported earlier this week that several establishments decided to voluntarily close their doors because someone with the virus or someone who had been in contact with a COVID-19 patient had been to their bars.

The health department did not force any bars to close, but the owners who announced their closures on social media said they were doing so out of an abundance of caution so they could thoroughly clean and sanitize their facilities.

In the news release, Douglas County Public Health Officer Kathy Ronchi advised people to stay home if they aren't feeling well, to get tested for COVID-19 if they are experiencing symptoms and to self-quarantine until they receive the results. Furthermore, people should maintain a social distance of 6 feet, wash their hands frequently and wear a cloth face mask when they go out in public.

The Douglas County figures were reported by the county health department Thursday around 4:30 p.m. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 31 total cases for Douglas County in its daily 2 p.m. report, up one from the day before. It's not unusual for county health departments to post their own updates independent of DHS.

Taylor County also reported one new case of COVID-19 Thursday, according to DHS.

Statewide, there were 29,744 positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday, an increase of 545 cases from the day before, including the most recent Douglas County figures.

Seven additional people died from COVID-19, leaving the total number of deaths in the state at 793.

The number of negative tests in the state was 563,946, an increase of 12,339 from the day before.

Here's a breakdown of the situation in the 10-county region:

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 1
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 3
  • Total negative tests: 815

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 0
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 3
  • Total negative tests: 1,100

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 3
  • Total negative tests: 898

Burnett County last reported a positive case of COVID-19 on Saturday, June 27.

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 16
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 37
  • Total negative tests: 2,346

Iron County

  • Active cases: 5
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 7
  • Total negative tests: 379

Iron County last reported a positive case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 1.

Price County

  • Active cases: 0
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 2
  • Total negative tests: 954

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 11
  • Total negative tests: 787

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 3
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 12
  • Total negative tests: 1,828

Sawyer County last reported new cases on June 26.

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 11
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 14
  • Total negative tests: 1,023

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 1
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 4
  • Total negative tests: 1,154

Washburn County last reported a positive case of COVID-19 on June 19.

Of the people statewide who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, 12% — or 3,519 people — have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Thursday. DHS reported that officials don't know the hospitalization history of 8,825 people, or 30%.

Thursday's report also showed that 79% of those with confirmed cases have recovered from the illness.

Wisconsin's daily testing capacity was 18,434 on Thursday. An increase in the number of tests being done is one reason for the increase in the number of positive cases. The percentage of positive tests over the last several days was:

  • 5.7% on Friday, June 26
  • 5.9% on Saturday, June 27
  • 7.1% on Sunday, June 28
  • 5.3% on Monday, June 29
  • 4.7% on Tuesday, June 30
  • 4.3% on Wednesday, July 1
  • 4.2% on Thursday, July 2

All of Wisconsin's 72 counties have confirmed cases of the illness.

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This story was updated at 5:03 p.m. with updated figures from the Douglas County Health Department. It was originally posted at 3:50 p.m.