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Wisconsin COVID-19 infections rising

Six new deaths have been reported daily on average, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, June 8.

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SUPERIOR — The number of new infections of COVID-19 have been on the rise since June 1, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Wednesday, June 8.

The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 1,900 on Wednesday, up from 1,601 on June 1. 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 up slightly to 427 people, DHS reported Wednesday, from 421 on June 1 based on a rolling seven-day average.

Among the people hospitalized, 45 were being treated in intensive care units, the same number as the previous week. For the two-week period ending May 31, 10.6% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were being treated in Wisconsin ICUs, DHS said.

An additional 39 people died from complications related to COVID-19 statewide since June 1, the data showed, bringing the total to 13,409. One person in Burnett County was among those who died in the last week.


Statewide, an additional 13,308 new cases were reported since June 1. The total number of cases across the state was 1,488,279 Wednesday.

Closer to home, an additional 357 people in Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19 since June 1, DHS said.

Mayor Jim Paine said the city worked best when people could live, work and play in their own neighborhoods, and his goal is to create an environment where that can happen again.

They were reported as follows: 94 in Douglas County; 45 in Burnett County; 40 in Price County; 39 each in Ashland and Sawyer counties; 28 in Bayfield County; 22 in Taylor County; 20 in Rusk County; 19 in Washburn County; and 11 in Iron County.

About 61.3% of Wisconsin's population is fully vaccinated.

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

Ashland County

  • Total cases: 2,614
  • Hospitalized: 111
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 8
  • Vaccinated: 68.5%

Bayfield County

  • Total cases: 2,572
  • Hospitalized: 152
  • Deaths: 29
  • Probable deaths: 12
  • Vaccinated: 70.6%

Burnett County

  • Total cases: 3,763
  • Hospitalized: 236
  • Deaths: 43
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Vaccinated: 54.1%

Douglas County

  • Total cases: 8,676
  • Hospitalized: 316
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 23
  • Vaccinated: 63.6%

Iron County

  • Total cases: 1,246
  • Hospitalized: 83
  • Deaths: 25
  • Probable deaths: 22
  • Vaccinated: 64.2%

Price County

  • Total cases: 3,131
  • Hospitalized: 249
  • Deaths: 31
  • Probable deaths: 3
  • Vaccinated: 57.1%

Rusk County

  • Total cases: 3,357
  • Hospitalized: 222
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Vaccinated: 41.5%

Sawyer County

  • Total cases: 4,187
  • Hospitalized: 208
  • Deaths: 55
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Vaccinated: 55.4%

Taylor County

  • Total cases: 4,416
  • Hospitalized: 281
  • Deaths: 56
  • Probable deaths: 16
  • Vaccinated: 34.8%

Washburn County

  • Total cases: 3,888
  • Hospitalized: 231
  • Deaths: 42
  • Probable deaths: 4
  • Vaccinated: 63.7%

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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