Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron and Price counties reported new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, July 22, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Iron County reported the most new cases with four, bringing its total overall to 37 cases, DHS said. Douglas and Price counties recorded two new cases each, while Bayfield and Burnett counties added one new case each.

Statewide there were a total of 44,847 positive cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, DHS said, an increase of 712 from the day before. Of the tests reported, 4.8% were positive.

Six additional people died from COVID-19, leaving the total number of deaths in the state at 865.

The number of negative tests in the state was 764,630, an increase of 14,068 from the day before.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 11
  • Total negative tests: 1,297

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 6
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 14
  • Total negative tests: 1,551

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 1
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 6
  • Total negative tests: 1,360

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 17
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 77
  • Total negative tests: 3,740

Iron County

  • Active cases: 19
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 37
  • Total negative tests: 650

Price County

  • Active cases: 8
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 16
  • Total negative tests: 1,362

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 13
  • Total negative tests: 1,063

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 19
  • Total negative tests: 2,199

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 20
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 34
  • Total negative tests: 1,428

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 3
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 8
  • Total negative tests: 1,503

Of the people statewide who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, 9% — or 4,225 people — have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Wednesday. DHS reported that officials don't know the hospitalization history of 14,961 people, or 33%.

Wednesday'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 Wednesday. 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:

  • 6.3% on Thursday, July 16
  • 6.6% on Friday, July 17
  • 7.9% on Saturday, July 18
  • 10.3% on Sunday, July 19
  • 10.1% on Monday, July 20
  • 7.7% on Tuesday, July 21
  • 4.8% on Wednesday, July 22

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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