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COVID-19 diminishes across Wisconsin

Five additional deaths were reported in Northwestern Wisconsin, DHS data showed Wednesday.

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SUPERIOR — The number of new cases of COVID-19 continued to decline in the last week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, June 15.

Overall, the number of new cases was 24% lower than the week ending June 8, DHS reported.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 1,471 on Wednesday, down from 1,900 on June 8. 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 were up slightly to 428 people from 427 on June 8, DHS reported Wednesday, based on a rolling seven-day average.

Among the people hospitalized, 55 were being treated in intensive care units, up from 45 the previous week. For the two-week period ending June 14, 13.6% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were being treated in Wisconsin ICUs, DHS said.

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An additional 26 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since June 8, the data showed, bringing the total to 13,075. Among those who died was one person each in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Iron and Sawyer counties.

Statewide, an additional 10,076 new cases were reported since June 8. The total number of cases across the state was 1,498,355 Wednesday.

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Closer to home, an additional 271 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since June 8, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 66 in Douglas County; 39 in Ashland County; 30 in Price County; 27 each in Bayfield and Taylor counties; 25 in Sawyer County; 22 in Washburn County; 21 in Burnett County; eight in Rusk County; and six in Iron County.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,653
  • Hospitalized: 111
  • Deaths: 30
  • Probable deaths: 8

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,599
  • Hospitalized: 153
  • Deaths: 30
  • Probable deaths: 12

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,784
  • Hospitalized: 236
  • Deaths: 44
  • Probable deaths: 1

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 8,742
  • Hospitalized: 315
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 23

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,252
  • Hospitalized: 83
  • Deaths: 26
  • Probable deaths: 22

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,161
  • Hospitalized: 249
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 3

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,365
  • Hospitalized: 222
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 0

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 4,212
  • Hospitalized: 209
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 7

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,443
  • Hospitalized: 281
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 16

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,910
  • Hospitalized: 232
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 4

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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