Bayfield, Burnett, Iron, Sawyer and Washburn counties reported new cases of COVID-19 Monday, July 27, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Burnett, Iron and Washburn counties each reported two new cases of the illness, DHS said, while Bayfield and Sawyer counties recorded one additional case each.

Free COVID-19 testing will 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.

Any Wisconsin resident who has any symptom of COVID-19 or who is a close contact to a positive case is eligible for the testing. Pre-registration will be available online to reduce wait times; paper registration will also be available.

Statewide there were a total of 49,417 positive cases of the coronavirus Monday, DHS said, an increase of 590 from the day before. Of the tests reported, 8.5% were positive.

One additional person died from COVID-19, leaving the total number of deaths in the state at 893.

The number of negative tests in the state was 823,905, an increase of 6,356 from the day before.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 5
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 15
  • Total negative tests: 1,551

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 19
  • Total negative tests: 1,719

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 5
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 11
  • Total negative tests: 1,331

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 20
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 92
  • Total negative tests: 3,987

Iron County

  • Active cases: 42
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 62
  • Total negative tests: 864

Price County

  • Active cases: 8
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 19
  • Total negative tests: 1,628

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 13
  • Total negative tests: 1,124

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 6
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 25
  • Total negative tests: 2,337

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 21
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 41
  • Total negative tests: 1,597

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 6
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 12
  • Total negative tests: 1,610

An additional 26 people were hospitalized because of the virus Monday, DHS reported. Overall, 9% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized. DHS has said it doesn't know the hospitalization history for 34% of people who tested positive.

Monday's report showed that 78% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

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

  • 7.7% on Tuesday, July 21
  • 4.8% on Wednesday, July 22
  • 6.9% on Thursday, July 23
  • 5.8% on Friday, July 24
  • 6.7% on Saturday, July 25
  • 9.6% on Sunday, July 26
  • 8.5% on Monday, July 27

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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