Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer and Washburn counties reported new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, July 28, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Douglas County reported eight new cases, according to a news release sent by the Douglas County Health Department. It's not unusual for counties to report their own updated case counts after the state releases new daily figures. The increase brings the total cases in Douglas County to 100.

Iron County saw an increase of five cases Tuesday, while Burnett added two additional cases, DHS said. Sawyer and Washburn counties each recorded one new case.

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 50,179 positive cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, DHS said, an increase of 762 from the day before. Of the tests reported, 5.3% were positive.

Thirteen additional people died from COVID-19, leaving the total number of deaths in the state at 906.

The number of negative tests in the state was 837,567, an increase of 13,662 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: 1,568

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 19
  • Total negative tests: 1,740

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 6
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 13
  • Total negative tests: 1,378

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 18*
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 100*
  • Total negative tests: 4,058

*Indicates information provided by Douglas County Health Department

Iron County

  • Active cases: 47
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 67
  • Total negative tests: 909

Price County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 19
  • Total negative tests: 1,678

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 13
  • Total negative tests: 1,161

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 7
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 26
  • Total negative tests: 2,370

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: 13
  • Total negative tests: 1,639

An additional 73 people were hospitalized because of the virus Tuesday, 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.

Tuesday's report showed that 79% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

Wisconsin's daily testing capacity was 24,156 on Tuesday. 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:

  • 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
  • 5.3% on Tuesday, July 28

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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