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New COVID-19 infections decline since Aug. 3

No new deaths were reported in Northwestern Wisconsin among 47 people who died statewide.

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SUPERIOR — The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 has been declining over the last two weeks, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 1,468 on Wednesday, down from 1,572 on Aug. 10 and 1,704 on Aug. 3. 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 totaled 68,076, an increase of 614 patients since Aug. 3. Patients admitted to intensive care units increased by 11 since Aug. 3 for a total of 3,788 patients treated in ICUs since the start of the pandemic.

It's unknown whether 777,467 people with confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 were ever hospitalized.

An additional 47 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since Aug. 3, the data showed, bringing the total to 13,282.

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Statewide, an additional 21,287 new cases were reported since Aug. 3. The total number of cases across the state was 1,594,646 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 589 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 3, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 117 in Douglas County; 84 in Sawyer County; 83 in Price County; 69 each in Taylor and Washburn counties; 66 in Burnett County; 37 in Rusk County; 32 in Bayfield County; 19 in Ashland County; and 13 in Iron County.

About 61.5% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,840
  • Hospitalized: 22+
  • Deaths: 30
  • Probable deaths: 9
  • Vaccinated: 68.6%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,800
  • Hospitalized: 167
  • Deaths: 30
  • Probable deaths: 12
  • Vaccinated: 71.1%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 4,026
  • Hospitalized: 243
  • Deaths: 44
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 54.5%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 9,259
  • Hospitalized: 320
  • Deaths: 57
  • Probable deaths: 24
  • Vaccinated: 63.9%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,343
  • Hospitalized: 84
  • Deaths: 26
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 64.5%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,374
  • Hospitalized: 265
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 3
  • Vaccinated: 57.2%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,590
  • Hospitalized: 236
  • Deaths: 59
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.6%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 4,605
  • Hospitalized: 220
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 55.6%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,654
  • Hospitalized: 285
  • Deaths: 57
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 34.7%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 4,194
  • Hospitalized: 245
  • Deaths: 43
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 64%

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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