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More than 200 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Northwestern Wisconsin

Rusk and Taylor counties, among the lowest in the state for vaccinations according to DHS, have very high rates of infection.

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Counties across Wisconsin are reporting high levels of case activity, with 34 counties at very high rates of infection, for the two-week period that ended Tuesday, Aug. 24, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, Aug. 25.

From Aug. 11 through Tuesday, the state recorded 373 new cases per 100,000 people, according to DHS . The very high label means more than 350 but less than 1,000 new cases per 100,000 people were recorded. A high case rate happens when more than 100 but less than 350 new cases are reported per 100,000 people.

An additional 234 Northwestern Wisconsin residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 18, according to DHS.

They were reported as follows: 71 in Taylor County; 38 in Douglas County; 35 in Rusk County; 20 in Sawyer County; 19 in Washburn County; 13 each in Bayfield and Price counties; 12 in Burnett County; eight in Ashland County; and five in Iron County.

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Statewide, an additional 9,793 new cases were reported in the last week, DHS said, bringing the total to 651,341 Wednesday in Wisconsin.

The seven-day average of new cases continued to climb to 1,417. The seven-day average of positive cases measures the average number of new cases per day over the previous week. An increase in the seven-day average of positive cases indicates the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state is going up, according to DHS.

An additional 35 deaths were reported statewide since Aug. 18, DHS said. Since the start of the pandemic, 7,558 Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19.

The number of negative tests in the state was 3,128,030 Wednesday, an increase of 30,532 since Aug. 18.

An additional 251 people were hospitalized because of the virus since Aug. 18; a total of 37,158 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began, according to DHS data. The seven-day rolling average updated Wednesday showed 755 people hospitalized, with 228 people being treated in intensive care. About 92.1% of ICU beds are in use, DHS reported.

DHS also reports that 6,038,886 doses of vaccine have been administered by Wednesday. A total of 3,149,820 Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 2,963,792 people, 50.9% of the population, have completed the vaccine series.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 1,320
  • Total negative tests: 8,096
  • Deaths: 15
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalizations: 59
  • Vaccinations: 9,190

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 1,220
  • Total negative tests: 8,137
  • Deaths: 20
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Hospitalizations: 60
  • Vaccinations: 9,763

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 1,529
  • Total negative tests: 7,218
  • Deaths: 27
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalizations: 143
  • Vaccinations: 7,518

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 4,276
  • Total negative tests: 22,120
  • Deaths: 44
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Hospitalizations: 206
  • Vaccinations: 24,629

Iron County

  • Total cases: 614
  • Total negative tests: 2,937
  • Deaths: 21
  • Probable deaths: 21
  • Hospitalizations: 50
  • Vaccinations: 3,258

Price County

  • Total cases: 1,292
  • Total negative tests: 6,454
  • Deaths: 8
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalizations: 110
  • Vaccinations: 6,673

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 1,485
  • Total negative tests: 5,851
  • Deaths: 25
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Hospitalizations: 115
  • Vaccinations: 4,959

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 1,847
  • Total negative tests: 9,858
  • Deaths: 27
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Hospitalizations: 106
  • Vaccinations: 8,345

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 2,040
  • Total negative tests: 6,863
  • Deaths: 28
  • Probable deaths: 13
  • Hospitalizations: 131
  • Vaccinations: 6,067

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 1,572
  • Total negative tests: 7,870
  • Deaths: 22
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Hospitalizations: 121
  • Vaccinations: 8,905

Visit the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard or Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 page for updates.

Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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