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COVID-19 infections increase 83% across Wisconsin

The number of hospitalizations climbed in the last week, but fewer patients were admitted to intensive care units, DHS reported.

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SUPERIOR — The number of new infections of COVID-19 rose 83% over the previous week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, April 13.

Douglas County has a growing case trajectory of 111%, according to DHS figures.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 673 on Wednesday, up from 412 on April 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.

For Fay Haataja, of Carlton County, the post-COVID program at Essentia Health helped her overcome debilitating headaches, brain fog and long-term memory loss after more than a year of symptoms.

Hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19 rose to 191 people Wednesday, up from 163 on April 6 based on a rolling seven-day average.

Among the people hospitalized, 25 were being treated in intensive care units, down from 28 the previous week. About 13% of all COVID-19 patients were being treated in an ICU, DHS said.


An additional 36 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since April 6, the data showed, bringing the total to 12,851. Among those who died was one person in Douglas County.

Statewide, an additional 4,757 new cases were reported since April 6. The total number of cases across the state was 1,399,923 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 108 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since April 6, DHS said.
They were reported as follows: 49 in Douglas County; 13 in Bayfield County; 10 in Burnett County; nine in Washburn County; seven in Taylor County; six each in Ashland, Rusk and Sawyer counties; and one each in Iron and Price counties.

About 60.9% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,478
  • Hospitalized: 110
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 68.3%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,377
  • Hospitalized: 145
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 11
  • Vaccinated: 70.1%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,553
  • Hospitalized: 231
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 53.5%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 8,007
  • Hospitalized: 312
  • Deaths: 54
  • Probable deaths: 23
  • Vaccinated: 63.1%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,209
  • Hospitalized: 79
  • Deaths: 25
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 63.3%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,006
  • Hospitalized: 241
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinated: 56.9%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,243
  • Hospitalized: 215
  • Deaths: 54
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.4%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 3,994
  • Hospitalized: 204
  • Deaths: 55
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 55.2%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,299
  • Hospitalized: 272
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 34.6%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,703
  • Hospitalized: 226
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 63.2%

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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