Iron and Price counties each reported the death of one resident from complications related to COVID-19 Friday, Oct. 23, according to the state Department of Health Services.

The people who died were among 42 in Wisconsin whose deaths were reported Friday, pushing the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the state to 1,745. Overall, about 1% of people who have contracted the coronavirus in Wisconsin have died.

The deaths mark the first for Price County and the second for Iron County since the pandemic began, DHS said.

Eighty-five additional people across all 10 counties in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 Friday.

The new cases were reported as follows: 17 each in Rusk and Taylor counties; 12 in Price County; 11 in Douglas County; eight in Bayfield County; six in Burnett County; five each in Ashland and Washburn counties; three in Sawyer County; one in Iron County.

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They among 4,378 cases reported in the state Friday, and bring the state's total to 190,478. The seven-day percentage of positive cases by person was 22.7%.

The number of negative tests in the state was 1,744,072, an increase of 13,426 from the previous day.

An additional 183 people were hospitalized because of the virus Friday. There are currently 1,202 Wisconsinites hospitalized because of the virus, a record-high number that continues to climb. Overall, 5% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Friday's report also showed that 79% of the people who have tested positive for the virus have recovered. That means 21%, or 39,163 cases, are currently active.

Here's the breakdown in the 10-county region:

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 70
  • Deaths: 3
  • Total cases: 256
  • Total negative tests: 3,934

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 35
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 200
  • Total negative tests: 3,824

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 33
  • Deaths: 6
  • Total cases: 292
  • Total negative tests: 3,556

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 97
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 726
  • Total negative tests: 9,788

Iron County

  • Active cases: 19
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 178
  • Total negative tests: 1,714

Price County

  • Active cases: 151
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 329
  • Total negative tests: 3,546

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 66
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 182
  • Total negative tests: 2,902

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 54
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 356
  • Total negative tests: 5,309

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 114
  • Deaths: 7
  • Total cases: 424
  • Total negative tests: 3,598

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 40
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 217
  • Total negative tests: 3,663

Visit the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard or Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 page for updates.