COVID-19 infections up across Wisconsin

More than 40,000 positive COVID-19 tests have been recorded in Northwestern Wisconsin.

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SUPERIOR — The number of new COVID-19 infections has been on the rise statewide over the last two weeks, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 40,000 infections have been reported in Northwestern Wisconsin, DHS reported.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 1,704 on Wednesday, up from 1,608 on July 20, but down from 1,800 recorded on July 27. 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 totaled 67,462, an increase of 637 patients since July 20, DHS reported Wednesday. Patients admitted to intensive care units increased by 10 since July 20 for a total of 3,777 patients treated in ICUs since the start of the pandemic. It's unknown whether 766,144 people with confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 were ever hospitalized.

An additional 46 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since July 20, including one person in Rusk County, the data showed, bringing the total to 13,235. Burnett County's total number of confirmed deaths was reduced by one.


Statewide, an additional 24,547 new cases were reported since July 20. The total number of cases across the state was 1,573,177 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 659 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since July 20, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 121 in Sawyer County; 119 in Douglas County; 81 each in Rusk and Washburn counties; 60 in Burnett County; 56 in Taylor County; 50 in Bayfield County; 41 in Ashland County; 39 in Price County; and 11 in Iron County.

About 61.5% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,871
  • Hospitalized: 116
  • Deaths: 30
  • Probable deaths: 9
  • Vaccinated: 68.6%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,768
  • Hospitalized: 165
  • Deaths: 30
  • Probable deaths: 12
  • Vaccinated: 71.1%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,960
  • Hospitalized: 240
  • Deaths: 44
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 54.5%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 9,142
  • Hospitalized: 318
  • Deaths: 57
  • Probable deaths: 24
  • Vaccinated: 63.9%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,330
  • Hospitalized: 83
  • Deaths: 26
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 64.4%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,291
  • Hospitalized: 257
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 3
  • Vaccinated: 57.2%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,553
  • Hospitalized: 231
  • Deaths: 59
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.6%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 4,521
  • Hospitalized: 216
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 55.6%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,585
  • Hospitalized: 284
  • Deaths: 57
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 34.7%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 4,125
  • Hospitalized: 241
  • Deaths: 43
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 64%

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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