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Pace slows but new COVID-19 infections still rise across Wisconsin

Two people in Douglas County were among 17 deaths DHS reported over the last week.

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SUPERIOR — The rate of new COVID-19 infections continued to rise over the last week, but the overall pace of new infections slowed to a 6% increase in new cases over the last week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, April 20.

The week prior, DHS reported an 83% increase in new cases.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 762 on Wednesday, up from 673 on April 13. 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 194 people, DHS reported Wednesday, from 191 on April 13 based on a rolling seven-day average.

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Among the people hospitalized, 26 were being treated in intensive care units, up from 25 the previous week. Almost 14% of all COVID-19 patients were being treated in an ICU, DHS said.

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An additional 17 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since April 13, the data showed, bringing the total to 12,868. Among those who died were two people in Douglas County.

Statewide, an additional 5,034 new cases were reported since April 13. The total number of cases across the state was 1,404,957 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 122 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since April 13, DHS said.

They were reported as follows: 36 in Douglas County; 27 in Ashland County; 16 in Burnett County; 12 in Bayfield County; 10 in Washburn County; eight in Sawyer County; six in Taylor County; four in Rusk County; two in Price County; 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: 2,505
  • Hospitalized: 110
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 68.4%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,389
  • Hospitalized: 145
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 11
  • Vaccinated: 70.2%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,569
  • Hospitalized: 231
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 53.7%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 8,043
  • Hospitalized: 312
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 23
  • Vaccinated: 63.2%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,210
  • Hospitalized: 79
  • Deaths: 25
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 63.5%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,008
  • Hospitalized: 241
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Vaccinated: 57%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,247
  • Hospitalized: 215
  • Deaths: 54
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.4%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 4,002
  • Hospitalized: 204
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 55.2%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,305
  • Hospitalized: 272
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 34.6%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,713
  • 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 snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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