COVID-19 cases throughout Wisconsin continue to climb, including in Northwestern Wisconsin where 168 cases of the virus have been reported since Aug. 11, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The new cases were reported as follows: 46 in Taylor County; 27 in Douglas County; 20 in Burnett County; 18 each in Rusk and Washburn counties; 16 in Sawyer County; 12 in Price County; six in Ashland County; three in Iron County; and two in Bayfield County.

Sixty counties across the state are reporting high levels of COVID-19 case activity and 12 are very high for the two-week period that ended Tuesday, Aug. 17, DHS reported Wednesday, Aug. 18.

From Aug. 3 through Tuesday, the state recorded 327.9 new cases per 100,000 people, according to DHS. A high case rate happens when more than 100 but less than 350 new cases are reported per 100,000 people.

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Adams, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Kewaunee, Menomonee, Milwaukee, Oconto, Ozaukee, Racine, Trempealeau, Washington and Waukesha counties are listed in the Very High category, with more than 350 but less than 1,000 new cases per 100,000 people.

Statewide, an additional 8,481 new cases were reported in the last week, bringing the total to 641,548 Wednesday in Wisconsin.

The seven-day average of new cases grew to 1,218, up from 1,121 one week ago. The seven-day average of positive cases measures the average number of new cases per day over the previous week. An increase in the seven-day average of positive cases indicates the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state is going up, according to DHS.

An additional 13 deaths were reported statewide since Aug. 11, DHS said. Since the start of the pandemic, 7,499 Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19.

The number of negative tests in the state was 3,097,498 Wednesday, an increase of 26,756 since Aug. 11.

An additional 650 people were hospitalized because of the virus since Aug. 11; a total of 36,503 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began, according to DHS data. The seven-day rolling average updated Wednesday showed 619 people were hospitalized with 164 people being treated in intensive care.

DHS also reports that 5,968,354 doses of vaccine have been administered by Wednesday. A total of 3,116,567 Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 2,927,338 people, 50.3% of the population, have completed the vaccine series.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 1,312
  • Total negative tests: 7,980
  • Deaths: 15

  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalized: 59
  • Vaccinations: 9,109

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 1,207

  • Total negative tests: 8,047
  • Deaths: 20

  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Hospitalized: 59
  • Vaccinations: 9,723

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 1,517

  • Total negative tests: 7,170
  • Deaths: 27

  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalized: 143
  • Vaccinations: 7,461

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 4,238

  • Total negative tests: 21,749
  • Deaths: 44

  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Hospitalized: 207
  • Vaccinations: 24,339

Iron County

  • Total cases: 609

  • Total negative tests: 2,921
  • Deaths: 21

  • Probable deaths: 21
  • Hospitalized: 50
  • Vaccinations: 3,253

Price County

  • Total cases: 1,279

  • Total negative tests: 6,401
  • Deaths: 8

  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalized: 108
  • Vaccinations: 6,604

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 1,450

  • Total negative tests: 5,806
  • Deaths: 25

  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Hospitalized: 114
  • Vaccinations: 4,904

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 1,827

  • Total negative tests: 9,539
  • Deaths: 27

  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Hospitalized: 104
  • Vaccinations: 8,267

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 1,939

  • Total negative tests: 6,785
  • Deaths: 28

  • Probable deaths: 13
  • Hospitalized: 128
  • Vaccinations: 5,944

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 1,553

  • Total negative tests: 7,595
  • Deaths: 22

  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Hospitalized: 119
  • Vaccinations: 8,825

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