Ashland, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn counties reported new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, Aug. 5, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Goodwill Industries announced it is temporarily closing its Superior store after an employee at that location was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Other Goodwill employees who may have been exposed to the new coronavirus are required to self-quarantine for 14 days under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, prompting the temporary closure, said Scott Vezina, communications and training manager.

The Superior store will be closed for retail and won’t be accepting donations until further notice.

“We will continue to actively train our team members about COVID-19 prevention strategies and monitor them for signs of illness during this unprecedented time,” Vezina said.

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Following the drive-thru testing events in Superior and Solon Springs last week, the Douglas County Health Department reported final results Tuesday afternoon. A total of 266 people were tested at Superior Middle School, with six people who tested positive, said Kathy Ronchi, public health officer. In Solon Springs, 144 people were tested, with four people who tested positive. All 10 people who tested positive are Douglas County residents, Ronchi said.

Statewide there were a total of 56,940 positive cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, DHS said, an increase of 884 from the day before. Of the tests reported, 5.2% were positive.

Nine additional people died from COVID-19, putting the total number of deaths in the state at 970.

The number of negative tests in the state was 944,984, an increase of 16,139 from the day before.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 3
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 21
  • Total negative tests: 1,691

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 21
  • Total negative tests: 1,832

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 9
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 21
  • Total negative tests: 1,531

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 37
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 145
  • Total negative tests: 4,845

Iron County

  • Active cases: 36
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 73
  • Total negative tests: 1,157

Price County

  • Active cases: 8
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 25
  • Total negative tests: 1,826

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 4
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 16
  • Total negative tests: 1,283

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 19
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 50
  • Total negative tests: 2,661

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 28
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 59
  • Total negative tests: 1,770

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 30
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 39
  • Total negative tests: 1,919

An additional 43 people were hospitalized because of the virus Wednesday, DHS reported. Overall, 8.5% 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.

Wednesday's report showed that 81% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

Wisconsin's daily testing capacity was 24,156 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:

  • 6.1% on Thursday, July 30
  • 5.7% on Friday, July 31
  • 7.1% on Saturday, Aug. 1
  • 9.6% on Sunday, Aug. 2
  • 5.6% on Monday, Aug. 3
  • 4% on Tuesday, Aug. 4
  • 5.2% on Wednesday, Aug. 5

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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