Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn counties reported new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, July 18, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Douglas County reported the most new cases with five, bringing its total to 74. Price and Sawyer counties reported two new cases each, pushing their totals to 11 and 19, respectively. Bayfield, Iron, Taylor and Washburn counties recorded one new case each, leaving their totals at 13, 25, 30 and seven, respectively.

Statewide there were a total of 41,485 positive cases of the coronavirus Saturday, DHS said, an increase of 978 from the day before. Of the tests reported, 7.9% were positive.

Ten additional people died from COVID-19, leaving the total number of deaths in the state at 843.

The number of negative tests in the state was 723,643, an increase of 11,446 from the day before.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 3
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 10
  • Total negative tests: 1,244

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 6
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 13
  • Total negative tests: 1,497

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 1
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 5
  • Total negative tests: 1,174

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 14*
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 74
  • Total negative tests: 3,532

*Active cases reported by Douglas County on Friday.

Iron County

  • Active cases: 15
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 25
  • Total negative tests: 573

Price County

  • Active cases: 3
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 11
  • Total negative tests: 1,282

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 13
  • Total negative tests: 1,016

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 19
  • Total negative tests: 2,095

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 17
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 30
  • Total negative tests: 1,359

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 7
  • Total negative tests: 1,420

Of the people statewide who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, 10% — or 4,082 people — have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Saturday. DHS reported that officials don't know the hospitalization history of 13,685 people, or 33%.

Saturday's report also showed that 77% of those with confirmed cases have recovered from the illness.

Wisconsin's daily testing capacity was 24,162 on Saturday. 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:

  • 10.1% on Sunday, July 12
  • 7.5% on Monday, July 13
  • 6.6% on Tuesday, July 14
  • 5.9% on Wednesday, July 15
  • 6.3% on Thursday, July 16
  • 6.6% on Friday, July 17
  • 7.9% on Saturday, July 18

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

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

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