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COVID-19 infections continue to increase across Wisconsin

The state health department reported 41 additional deaths since May 4.

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SUPERIOR — The number of new cases of COVID-19 rose 44% since May 4, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, May 11.

Statewide, an additional 13,673 new cases were reported since May 4. The total number of cases across the state was 1,435,984 Wednesday.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 1,963 on Wednesday, up from 1,389 on May 4. 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 319 people, DHS reported Wednesday, up from 265 on May 4 based on a rolling seven-day average.

Among the people hospitalized, 39 were being treated in intensive care units, up from 34 the previous week. For the two-week period ending Tuesday, May 10, 11.5% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were being treated in Wisconsin ICUs, DHS said.


An additional 41 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since May 4, the data showed, bringing the total to 12,943.

Closer to home, an additional 257 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since May 4, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 97 in Douglas County; 29 in Washburn County; 23 in Burnett County; 22 in Sawyer County; 20 in Bayfield County; 18 in Taylor County; 15 each in Price and Rusk counties; 14 in Ashland 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: 2,535
  • Hospitalized: 110
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 68.4%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,447
  • Hospitalized: 148
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 12
  • Vaccinated: 70.3%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,615
  • Hospitalized: 234
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 53.8%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 8,264
  • Hospitalized: 314
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 23
  • Vaccinated: 63.4%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,219
  • Hospitalized: 80
  • Deaths: 25
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 63.8%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,035
  • Hospitalized: 244
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinated: 57%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,287
  • Hospitalized: 218
  • Deaths: 55
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.5%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 4,043
  • Hospitalized: 207
  • Deaths: 55
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 55.3%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,339
  • Hospitalized: 275
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 34.7%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,776
  • Hospitalized: 228
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 63.5%

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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