The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 remains high but is declining, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The seven-day average of new cases was down to 1,923 on Wednesday, a drop from 2,318 on Oct. 13. The figure measures the average number of new cases per day over the previous week. An decrease indicates the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state is going down, according to DHS.

Hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19 declined to 1,084 people, down from 1,147 the previous week based on a rolling seven-day average, DHS reported Wednesday.

Among the people hospitalized, 301 are being treated in intensive care units, down from 308 on Oct. 13, DHS reported.

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The number of counties with critically high rates of COVID-19 dropped slightly to eight for the two-week period that ended Tuesday, Oct. 19. Burnett and Sawyer counties in Northwestern Wisconsin fall into that category, while 63 counties have very high rates of infection.

From Oct. 6-19, the state recorded 594.9 new cases per 100,000 people, according to DHS. Critically high rates of infection are greater than 1,000 new cases per 100,000 people. The very high category means more than 350 but less than 1,000 new cases per 100,000 people were recorded.

Closer to home, an additional 519 Northwestern Wisconsin residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week, according to DHS.

They were reported as follows: 86 in Douglas County; 76 in Taylor County; 75 in Burnett County; 65 in Sawyer County; 63 in Rusk County; 52 in Washburn County; 51 in Price County; 20 each in Ashland and Bayfield counties; and 11 in Iron County.

Statewide, an additional 13,640 new cases were reported since Oct. 13, DHS said, bringing the total to 772,918 Wednesday.

An additional 32 deaths were reported statewide since Oct. 13, DHS said, including two people in Price County and one person each in Bayfield and Washburn counties. Since the start of the pandemic, 8,293 Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19.

The number of negative tests in the state was 3,486,545 Wednesday, an increase of 39,358 since Oct. 13.

DHS also reports that 6,466,485 doses of vaccine have been administered as of Wednesday. A total of 3,347,154 Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 3,188,665 people, or 54.8% of the population, have completed the vaccine series.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 1,5233
  • Total negative tests: 9,060
  • Deaths: 15

  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Hospitalizations: 71
  • Vaccinations: 9,820

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 1,375

  • Total negative tests: 8,807
  • Deaths: 22

  • Probable deaths: 3
  • Hospitalizations: 81
  • Vaccinations: 10,199

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 1,990

  • Total negative tests: 8,061
  • Deaths: 29

  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Hospitalizations: 181
  • Vaccinations: 7,958

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 4,768

  • Total negative tests: 24,170
  • Deaths: 44

  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Hospitalizations: 239
  • Vaccinations: 26,187

Iron County

  • Total cases: 711

  • Total negative tests: 3,200
  • Deaths: 21

  • Probable deaths: 21
  • Hospitalizations: 58
  • Vaccinations: 3,389

Price County

  • Total cases: 1,637

  • Total negative tests: 6,938
  • Deaths: 11

  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalizations: 124
  • Vaccinations: 7,122

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 2,076

  • Total negative tests: 6,490
  • Deaths: 32

  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalizations: 163
  • Vaccinations: 5,424

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 2,268

  • Total negative tests: 10,787
  • Deaths: 29

  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Hospitalizations: 128
  • Vaccinations: 8,811

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 2,644

  • Total negative tests: 7,807
  • Deaths: 31

  • Probable deaths: 13
  • Hospitalizations: 180
  • Vaccinations: 6,578

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 2,032

  • Total negative tests: 8,832
  • Deaths: 25

  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Hospitalizations: 154
  • Vaccinations: 9,470

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