COVID-19 cases decline slightly, but hospitalizations rise in Wisconsin

Fewer deaths were reported since July 6 when compared to the two-week period from June 22 to July 6.

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SUPERIOR — The total number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 dropped 8% since July 6 compared to the two-week period from June 22 to July 6, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, July 20.

While the number of hospitalizations rose by 37% since July 6, the number of new deaths from COVID-19 declined 37% compared to the two-week period between June 22 and July 6, DHS reported.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 1,608 on Wednesday, up from 1,201 on July 6. The figure measures the average number of new cases per day over the previous week. An increase indicates the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state is going up, according to DHS.

Hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19 was at 472, up from 427 on July 6 based on a rolling seven-day average, DHS reported Wednesday.

Among the people hospitalized, 50 were being treated in intensive care units, up from 49 on July 6. For the two-week period ending Wednesday, 9.8% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were being treated in Wisconsin ICUs, DHS said.


An additional 33 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since July 6, the data showed, bringing the total to 13,189. Among those who died were one person each in Burnett and Washburn counties.

Statewide, an additional 19,366 new cases were reported since July 6. The total number of cases across the state was 1,548,630 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 597 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since July 6, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 105 in Sawyer County; 104 in Douglas County; 69 in Washburn County; 58 in Rusk County; 55 in Bayfield County; 49 each in Ashland and Burnett counties; 43 in Taylor County; 33 in Iron County; and 32 in Price County.

About 61.5% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,780
  • Hospitalized: 113
  • Deaths: 30
  • Probable deaths: 9
  • Vaccinated: 68.6%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,718
  • Hospitalized: 161
  • Deaths: 30
  • Probable deaths: 12
  • Vaccinated: 70.9%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,900
  • Hospitalized: 241
  • Deaths: 45
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 54.4%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 9,023
  • Hospitalized: 322
  • Deaths: 57
  • Probable deaths: 57
  • Vaccinated: 63.9%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,319
  • Hospitalized: 83
  • Deaths: 26
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 64.4%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,252
  • Hospitalized: 257
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 3
  • Vaccinated: 57.2%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,472
  • Hospitalized: 227
  • Deaths: 58
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.6%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 4,400
  • Hospitalized: 213
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 55.5%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,529
  • Hospitalized: 283
  • Deaths: 57
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 34.7%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 4,044
  • Hospitalized: 240
  • Deaths: 43
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 63.9%

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

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or
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