New COVID-19 infections creep upward in Wisconsin

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 412 on Wednesday, up from 345 on March 30.

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SUPERIOR — The number of deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 was down over the last week, but the number of new infections was starting to increase over that time period, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, April 6.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 412 on Wednesday, up from 345 on March 30. 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 were down to 163 people, DHS reported Wednesday, from 202 on March 30 based on a rolling seven-day average.

Among the people hospitalized, 28 were being treated in intensive care units, a drop from 38 the previous week. ICU patients made up 16.6% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, DHS said.

An additional 29 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since March 30, the data showed, bringing the total to 12,815. No additional deaths were reported in Northwest Wisconsin.


Statewide, an additional 2,596 new cases were reported since March 30. The total number of cases across the state was 1,395,166 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 62 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since March 30, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 24 in Douglas County; nine in Washburn County; eight in Sawyer County; six in Burnett County; five in Bayfield County; three each in Ashland and Rusk counties; two in Taylor County; and one each in Iron and Price counties.

About 60.8% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,472
  • Hospitalized: 111
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 68.3%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,364
  • Hospitalized: 143
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 11
  • Vaccinated: 70%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,543
  • Hospitalized: 230
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 53.4%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 7,958
  • Hospitalized: 310
  • Deaths: 53
  • Probable deaths: 23
  • Vaccinated: 63%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,208
  • Hospitalized: 78
  • Deaths: 25
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 63.2%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,005
  • Hospitalized: 241
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinated: 56.9%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,237
  • Hospitalized: 215
  • Deaths: 54
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.4%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 3,988
  • Hospitalized: 204
  • Deaths: 55
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 55.2%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,292
  • Hospitalized: 272
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 34.6%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,694
  • Hospitalized: 226
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 63.1%

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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