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New COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Wisconsin continue to increase

More than 90% of the state's ICU beds are in use, state data shows.

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An additional 282 Northwestern Wisconsin residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Sept. 1, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, Sept 8.

That's up from the data reported last week, when 243 new infections were recorded.

The new cases were reported as follows: 63 in Taylor County; 44 in Douglas County; 42 in Washburn County; 29 in Sawyer County; 27 in Rusk County; 22 in Price County; 20 in Burnett County; 13 in Bayfield County; 12 in Iron County; and 10 in Ashland County.

Statewide, an additional 11,116 new cases were reported in the last week, DHS said, bringing the total to 674,248 Wednesday.

The seven-day average of new cases dropped to 1,509, down 190 from the previous week. The seven-day average of positive cases measures the average number of new cases per day over the previous week. An decrease in the seven-day average of positive cases indicates the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state is going down, according to DHS.


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An additional 21 deaths were reported statewide since Sept. 1, DHS said. Since the start of the pandemic, 7,686 Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19.

A total of 56 counties across Wisconsin are reporting very high rates of COVID-19 infection for the two-week period that ended Tuesday, Sept. 7.

From Aug. 25 to Sept. 7, the state recorded 460.3 new cases per 100,000 people, according to DHS . The very high category 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.

The number of negative tests in the state was 3,190,241 Wednesday, an increase of 25,665 since Sept 1.

An additional 312 people were hospitalized because of the virus; a total of 38,591 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began, according to DHS data. The seven-day rolling average updated Wednesday showed 987 people hospitalized, with 303 people being treated in intensive care. About 91.2% of ICU beds are in use, DHS reported.

DHS also reports that 6,178,146 doses of vaccine have been administered by Wednesday. A total of 3,224,764 Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 3,027,602 people, 52% of the population, have completed the vaccine series.

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


Ashland County

  • Total cases: 1,342
  • Total negative tests: 8,255
  • Deaths: 15
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Hospitalizations: 60
  • Vaccinations: 9,418

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 1,247
  • Total negative tests: 8,269
  • Deaths: 20
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Hospitalizations: 60
  • Vaccinations: 9,904

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 1,575
  • Total negative tests: 7,331
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalizations: 149
  • Vaccinations: 7,645

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 4,344
  • Total negative tests: 22,500
  • Deaths: 44
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Hospitalizations: 210
  • Vaccinations: 25,126

Iron County

  • Total cases: 628
  • Total negative tests: 2,978
  • Deaths: 21
  • Probable deaths: 21
  • Hospitalizations: 50
  • Vaccinations: 3,293

Price County

  • Total cases: 1,335
  • Total negative tests: 6,538
  • Deaths: 8
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Hospitalizations: 110
  • Vaccinations: 6,816

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 1,530
  • Total negative tests: 5,940
  • Deaths: 26
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Hospitalizations: 120
  • Vaccinations: 5,117

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 1,900
  • Total negative tests: 10,032
  • Deaths: 27
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Hospitalizations: 108
  • Vaccinations: 8,464

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 2,185
  • Total negative tests: 7,042
  • Deaths: 28
  • Probable deaths: 13
  • Hospitalizations: 138
  • Vaccinations: 6,227

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 1,634
  • Total negative tests: 8,040
  • Deaths: 23
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Hospitalizations: 129
  • Vaccinations: 9,076

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

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