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COVID-19 cases dropping across Wisconsin

While most counties have a shrinking case burden, Burnett and Price counties are among five showing no significant change in the rate of new infections, DHS data shows.

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SUPERIOR — The total number of new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations dropped significantly from the previous week, but remained critically high in every county across the state, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, Feb. 2.

About 46% fewer positive cases were reported in the last seven days than were reported in the week prior to Jan. 26, DHS reported.

The county health department will prioritize community response over individual contact tracing as new infections remain high.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 5,162 on Wednesday, down from 9,012 on Jan. 26. The figure measures the average number of new cases per day over the previous week. A 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 fell to 1,647 people Wednesday, from 1,993 on Jan. 26 based on a rolling seven-day average.
Among the people hospitalized, 341 were being treated in intensive care units, a drop from 478 the previous week. For the two-week period ending Feb. 1, 90.4% of the ICU beds in Wisconsin were in use, DHS said.

An additional 304 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since Jan. 26, the data showed, bringing the total to 11,254. Among those who died were two people in Taylor County and one person each in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Iron, Rusk and Sawyer counties.

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Statewide, an additional 35,831 new cases were reported since Jan. 26. The total number of cases across the state was 1,341,808 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 1,048 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since Jan. 26, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 256 in Douglas County; 117 in each Burnett and Washburn counties; 94 in Bayfield County; 89 in each Price and Rusk counties; 86 in Sawyer County; 84 in Ashland County; 77 in Taylor County; and 39 in Iron County.

The number of negative tests in the state was 4,094,405 Wednesday, an increase of 49,221 since Jan. 26.

Since vaccines became available, 9,035,516 vaccines and 1,871,476 booster shots have been administered. About 59.4% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,306
  • Total negative tests: 10,242
  • Hospitalized: 105
  • Deaths: 24
  • Probable deaths: 6
  • Vaccinated: 66.5%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,200
  • Total negative tests: 10,313
  • Hospitalized: 134
  • Deaths: 27
  • Probable deaths: 10
  • Vaccinated: 68.8%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,374
  • Total negative tests: 9,362
  • Hospitalized: 221
  • Deaths: 37
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 52.6%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 7,479
  • Total negative tests: 28,509
  • Hospitalized: 301
  • Deaths: 49
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 61.7%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,179
  • Total negative tests: 3,717
  • Hospitalized: 76
  • Deaths: 24
  • Probable deaths: 21
  • Vaccinated: 62%

Price County

  • Total cases: 2,861
  • Total negative tests: 7,964
  • Hospitalized: 219
  • Deaths: 27
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 56%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,145
  • Total negative tests: 7,362
  • Hospitalized: 203
  • Deaths: 46
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 34.1%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 3,859
  • Total negative tests: 12,074
  • Hospitalized: 197
  • Deaths: 49
  • Probable deaths: 6
  • Vaccinated: 54.2%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,189
  • Total negative tests: 9,240
  • Hospitalized: 257
  • Deaths: 50
  • Probable deaths: 15
  • Vaccinated: 34.1%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,525
  • Total negative tests: 10,175
  • Hospitalized: 215
  • Deaths: 37
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinated: 62.2%

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 snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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