An additional 15 Northwestern Wisconsin residents tested positive for COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Thursday, March 4.

They were reported as follows: five in Douglas County; four in Iron County; two in Washburn County; one in each Bayfield, Burnett, Price and Rusk counties. No new cases were reported in Ashland County.

In Taylor County, the number of confirmed cases was further reduced by 18 while the number of probable cases rose by 18. According to DHS, corrections or updates may lead to changes in the data for several reasons, including correcting a confirmed case to unconfirmed because a blood test detecting antibodies instead of the test detecting the virus was positive.

Statewide, an additional 677 cases were reported Thursday, DHS said, bringing the total to 565,808.

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An additional 12 deaths reported statewide Thursday, bringing the total to 6,470, DHS said. Overall, 1.1% of people who have contracted the virus have died.

The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues to drop. On Thursday, the figure was 522. The seven-day average of positive cases measures the average number of new cases per day over the previous week. An overall decrease in the seven-day average of positive cases indicates the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state is also going down, according to DHS.

The number of negative tests in the state was 2,639,148, an increase of 4,149 on Thursday.

An additional 51 people have been hospitalized because of the virus since Thursday. Across the state, 267 people are currently hospitalized because of COVID-19, and the total number of people receiving treatment in intensive care units is 69. DHS reported that 80% of the state's available hospital beds are occupied. Overall, 4.7% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Thursday's report also showed that 97.6% of the people who have tested positive for the virus have recovered. That means 1.3%, or 7,294 cases, are currently active.

DHS also reports that 1,568,329 million doses of vaccine have been administered Thursday. Among those, 986,387 Wisconsin residents — 16.9% of the population — have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 548,343 people have completed the vaccine series.

DHS announced Thursday that people can get answers to their vaccine-related questions through a new toll-free hotline at 844-684-1064 or through its vaccine web page.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 12
  • Deaths: 16
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,174
  • Total negative tests: 6,801
  • Vaccinations: 3,899

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 6
  • Deaths: 19
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,067
  • Total negative tests: 6,677
  • Vaccinations: 4,471

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 25
  • Deaths: 23
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,209
  • Total negative tests: 5,995
  • Vaccinations: 2,722

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 45
  • Deaths: 26
  • Probable deaths: 15
  • Total cases: 3,645
  • Total negative tests: 18,460
  • Vaccinations: 7,306

Iron County

  • Active cases: 18
  • Deaths: 21
  • Probable deaths: 19
  • Total cases: 550
  • Total negative tests: 2,498
  • Vaccinations: 1,355

Price County

  • Active cases: 13
  • Deaths: 7
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,163
  • Total negative tests: 5,396
  • Vaccinations: 2,491

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 18
  • Deaths: 16
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 1,258
  • Total negative tests: 4,865
  • Vaccinations: 1,790

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 22
  • Deaths: 21
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,520
  • Total negative tests: 8,142
  • Vaccinations: 3,463

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 15
  • Deaths: 21
  • Probable deaths: 9
  • Total cases: 1,766
  • Total negative tests: 5,740
  • Vaccinations: 2,116

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 10
  • Deaths: 18
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 1,298
  • Total negative tests: 6,333
  • Vaccinations: 3,396

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