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COVID-19 case activity high throughout Wisconsin, DHS data shows

One person in Taylor County died from the disease caused by the coronavirus since Aug. 4.

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All counties across Wisconsin are reporting high levels of case activity for the two-week period that ended Tuesday, Aug. 10, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, Aug. 11.

From July 28 through Tuesday, Aug. 10, the state recorded 279.4 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. Chippewa, Milwaukee, Ozaukee 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.

An additional 133 Northwestern Wisconsin residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 4, according to DHS. That's up from 83 the week prior.

The new cases were reported as follows: 29 in Burnett County; 24 in Sawyer County; 19 in Douglas County; 17 in Bayfield County; 11 in Rusk County; nine in Taylor County; seven in Washburn County; six each in Iron and Price counties; and five in Ashland County.

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Statewide, an additional 7,753 cases were reported in the last week, DHS said, bringing the total to 633,067 Wednesday.

The seven-day average of new cases continued to climb to 1,121 Wednesday, up from 902 on Aug. 4. 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 10 deaths, including one person in Taylor County, were reported statewide since Aug. 4, DHS said. Since the start of the pandemic, 7,462 Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19.

The number of negative tests in the state was 3,070,742 Wednesday, an increase of 25,831 since Aug. 4.

An additional 227 people were hospitalized because of the virus since Aug. 4; a total of 35,853 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began, according to DHS data. The seven-day rolling average updated Wednesday showed 435 people were hospitalized with 127 people being treated in intensive care.

DHS also reported that 5,909,778 doses of vaccine have been administered by Wednesday. A total of 3,079,886 Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 2,902,048 people, 49.8% of the population, have completed the vaccine series.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 1,304
  • Total negative tests: 7,905
  • Deaths: 15
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinations: 9,025

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 1,205
  • Total negative tests: 7,993
  • Deaths: 20
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinations: 9,645

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 1,497
  • Total negative tests: 7,101
  • Deaths: 27
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinations: 7,367

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 4,211
  • Total negative tests: 21,591
  • Deaths: 44
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinations: 24,053

Iron County

  • Total cases: 606
  • Total negative tests: 2,899
  • Deaths: 21
  • Probable deaths: 21
  • Vaccinations: 3,204

Price County

  • Total cases: 1,267
  • Total negative tests: 6,349
  • Deaths: 8
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinations: 6,525

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 1,432
  • Total negative tests: 5,765
  • Deaths: 25
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinations: 4,865

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 1,811
  • Total negative tests: 9,426
  • Deaths: 27
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinations: 8,202

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 1,923
  • Total negative tests: 6,705
  • Deaths: 28
  • Probable deaths: 13
  • Vaccinations: 5,885

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 1,535
  • Total negative tests: 7,512
  • Deaths: 22
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinations: 8,761

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

Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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