Hospitalizations tick up as more people test positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin

State data shows 13 additional deaths since April 20, including two in Northwestern Wisconsin.

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SUPERIOR — Hospitalizations have started to tick upward as the number of new infections from COVID-19 continued to climb across the state over the last seven days, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, April 27.

The state experienced a 56% increase in the number of people who tested positive for the virus since April 20, DHS reported.

Children who are 6 months old to 4 years old are now recommended to receive COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last weekend.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 1,159 on Wednesday, up from 762 on April 20. 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.

Hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19 rose to 213 people, DHS reported Wednesday, up from 194 on April 20 based on a rolling seven-day average.

Among the people hospitalized, 29 were being treated in intensive care units, up from 26 the previous week. For the two-week period ending April 26, 14.4% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were being treated in Wisconsin ICUs, DHS said.


An additional 13 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since April 20, the data showed, bringing the total to 12,881. Rusk and Washburn counties reported the deaths of one resident each.

Statewide, an additional 7,836 new cases were reported since April 20. The total number of cases across the state was 1,412,793 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 148 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since April 20, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 58 in Douglas County; 21 in Washburn County; 20 in Bayfield County; 11 in Rusk County; nine each in Burnett and Sawyer counties; seven in Ashland County; six each in Price and Taylor counties; and one in Iron County.

About 61% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,512
  • Hospitalized: 110
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 68.4%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,409
  • Hospitalized: 145
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 11
  • Vaccinated: 70.2%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,578
  • Hospitalized: 232
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 53.8%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 8,101
  • Hospitalized: 313
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 23
  • Vaccinated: 63.2%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,211
  • Hospitalized: 79
  • Deaths: 25
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 63.6%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,014
  • Hospitalized: 241
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinated: 57%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,258
  • Hospitalized: 216
  • Deaths: 55
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.4%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 4,011
  • Hospitalized: 205
  • Deaths: 55
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 55.2%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,311
  • Hospitalized: 273
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 26
  • Vaccinated: 34.6%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,734
  • Hospitalized: 227
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 63.3%

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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