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Fewer COVID-19 cases reported across Wisconsin

Deaths increased over the previous week, DHS reported

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A model of the novel coronavirus.
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SUPERIOR — The number of new infections for COVID-19 continued a downward trend even as the number of deaths from the disease rose over the previous week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, March 2.

Hospitalizations caused by COVID-19 continued to drop as only six counties in Wisconsin reported rates of infection higher than 350 new cases per 100,000 people, DHS reported. Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas were among the six counties reporting very high rates of infection.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 600 on Wednesday, down from 982 on Feb. 23. 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 was down to 554 people, DHS reported Wednesday, compared to 720 on Feb. 23 based on a rolling seven-day average.

Among the people hospitalized, 105 were being treated in intensive care units, down from 153 the previous week.

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For the two-week period ending Tuesday, March 1, 18.7% patients hospitalized for COVID-19 were in ICU beds in Wisconsin, DHS said.

An additional 212 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since Feb. 23, the data showed, bringing the total to 12,012. One person each in Ashland, Rusk and Sawyer counties were among those who died.

Statewide, an additional 4,197 new cases were reported since Feb. 23. The total number of cases across the state was 1,382,761 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 135 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since Feb. 23, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 41 in Douglas County; 18 each in Ashland and Burnett counties; 17 in Bayfield County; 13 in Price County; nine each in Sawyer and Washburn counties; four in Taylor County; and three each in Iron and Rusk counties.

Since vaccines became available, 9,297,218 vaccines have been administered, and 1,924,105 booster shots have been administered. About 60.4% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,440
  • Hospitalized: 111
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 6
  • Vaccinated: 67.6%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,317
  • Hospitalized: 137
  • Deaths: 28
  • Probable deaths: 10
  • Vaccinated: 69.7%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,506
  • Hospitalized: 227
  • Deaths: 40
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 53.3%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 7,858
  • Hospitalized: 311
  • Deaths: 50
  • Probable deaths: 23
  • Vaccinated: 62.6%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,201
  • Hospitalized: 77
  • Deaths: 24
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinated: 62.7%

Price County

  • Total cases: 2,995
  • Hospitalized: 235
  • Deaths: 28
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinated: 56.6%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,226
  • Hospitalized: 211
  • Deaths: 54
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.2%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 3.949
  • Hospitalized: 201
  • Deaths: 53
  • Probable deaths: 6
  • Vaccinated: 54.9%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,269
  • Hospitalized: 268
  • Deaths: 53
  • Probable deaths: 15
  • Vaccinated: 34.4%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,622
  • Hospitalized: 221
  • Deaths: 39
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 62.8%

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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