Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer and Taylor counties reported new cases of COVID-19 Friday, July 24, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

For the second straight day, Douglas County reported five additional cases of COVID-19. Friday's increase brings the county's overall total number of cases to 87.

The Douglas County Health Department announced Thursday that COVID-19 testing would take place Wednesday, July 29 from 2-8 p.m. at Superior Middle School and Thursday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Solon Springs Community Center.

Burnett, Iron and Sawyer counties added two new cases on Friday, DHS said, while Ashland, Bayfield and Taylor counties recorded one new case each.

Statewide there were a total of 46,917 positive cases of the coronavirus Friday, DHS said, an increase of 1,018 from the day before. Of the tests reported, 5.8% were positive.

No additional people died from COVID-19, leaving the total number of deaths in the state at 878.

The number of negative tests in the state was 795,280, an increase of 16,438 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: 14
  • Total negative tests: 1,501

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 3
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 16
  • Total negative tests: 1,675

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 9
  • Total negative tests: 1,286

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 22
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 87
  • Total negative tests: 3,864

Iron County

  • Active cases: 24
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 42
  • Total negative tests: 685

Price County

  • Active cases: 9
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 18
  • Total negative tests: 1,423

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 13
  • Total negative tests: 1,114

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 21
  • Total negative tests: 2,279

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 20
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 38
  • Total negative tests: 1,535

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 9
  • Total negative tests: 1,543

Of the people statewide who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, 9% — or 4,327 people — have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Friday. DHS reported that officials don't know the hospitalization history of 15,784 people, or 34%.

Friday'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 Friday. 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:

  • 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
  • 6.9% on Thursday, July 23
  • 5.8% on Friday, July 24

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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