Wisconsin COVID-19 infections continue to climb

The state Department of Health Services reported 21 additional deaths since April 27.

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SUPERIOR — The number of new COVID-19 infections continued to climb for the fourth consecutive week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, May 4.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 1,389 on Wednesday, up from 1,159 on April 27. 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.

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Hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19 were 265 people, DHS reported Wednesday, up from 213 on April 27 based on a rolling seven-day average.

Among the people hospitalized, 34 were being treated in intensive care units, up from 29 the previous week. For the two-week period ending Tuesday, May 3, 13.1% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were being treated in Wisconsin ICUs, DHS said.

An additional 21 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since April 27, the data showed, bringing the total to 12,902.


Statewide, an additional 9,518 new cases were reported since April 27. The total number of cases across the state was 1,422,311 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 164 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since April 27, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 66 in Douglas County; 18 in Bayfield County; 14 each in Burnett and Rusk counties; 13 in Washburn County; 10 each in Sawyer and Taylor counties; nine in Ashland County; six in Price County; and four in Iron County.

About 61.1% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,521
  • Hospitalized: 110
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 68.4%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,427
  • Hospitalized: 146
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 11
  • Vaccinated: 70.3%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,592
  • Hospitalized: 232
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 53.8%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 8,167
  • Hospitalized: 313
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 23
  • Vaccinated: 63.3%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,215
  • Hospitalized: 80
  • Deaths: 25
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 63.6%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,020
  • Hospitalized: 241
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinated: 57.1%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,272
  • Hospitalized: 216
  • Deaths: 55
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.5%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 4,021
  • Hospitalized: 206
  • Deaths: 55
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 55.3%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,321
  • Hospitalized: 275
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 34.7%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,747
  • Hospitalized: 291
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 63.4%

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
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