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Coronavirus in Wisconsin: Over 900 cases for third day; 1.5 million fully vaccinated

The state reached 1.5 million residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
(Associated Press)
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 2:08 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2021 at 3:40 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – If the pace of the coronavirus doesn’t slow, Wisconsin is two weeks away from a milestone 600,000 confirmed cases.

Testing identified 943 new cases in 61 counties on Thursday, marking the third-straight day with more than 900 cases as well as the third day of increasing numbers. Wisconsin hasn’t had a trend like that since the end of January. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services say it received 5,891 results for people being tested for the first time or testing positive for the first time.

The 7-day average for new cases declined for the first time in two weeks, from 823 to 809 cases per day. That metric is still the highest since mid-February. The 7-day average for the positivity rate for all test results, including people tested multiple times, was unchanged at 3.8%, where it’s been since March 8. That positivity rate had been as low as 2.0% a month ago.

Three COVID-19 deaths were reported: One death in Dunn County and two in Jefferson County. The death toll is 6,698 people. Wisconsin is averaging 4 deaths per day, down from 6. The drop can mostly be attributed to 14 deaths reported on March 8 no longer counted in the 7-day average. The death rate held steady at 1.14% of all cases for a 10th day.

The state reached 1.5 million residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s 36,352 more people than reported Wednesday and is 25.8% of the state population.

Wisconsin set a new 7-day average for doses administered, which is now 62,197 shots per day by our calculations. That’s 5 more than the previous record set a day earlier.

The DHS says 38.5% of the population has received at least one dose of a vaccine, including almost 15% of teens age 16 and 17 and 79% of seniors 65 and older. The state’s seen a huge jump in the number of teenagers getting vaccinated since that opened up to everyone 16 and up on April 5.

Vaccinations by percentage of age group:

  • 16-17: 14.8% have received a dose/2.4% completed
  • 18-24: 25.6% have received a dose/12.8% completed
  • 25-34: 32.9% have received a dose/18.7% completed
  • 35-44: 40.5% have received a dose/23.4% completed
  • 45-54: 42.7% have received a dose/24.1% completed
  • 55-64: 53.2% have received a dose/27.8% completed
  • 65+: 78.9% have received a dose/71.2% completed

THURSDAY’S COUNTY VACCINATION TOTALS

County (Population)Received at least 1 dose (% of pop.)Completed (% of pop.)
Brown (264,542) (NE)102,806 (38.9%)71,896 (27.2%)
Calumet (50,089) (FV)17,276 (34.5%)12,136 (24.2%)
Dodge (87,839)27,406 (30.8%)18,775 (21.4%)
Door (27,668) (NE)15,465 (55.9%)10,290 (37.2%)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (FV)35,066 (33.9%)26,195 (25.3%)
Forest (9,004)3,190 (35.4%)2,480 (27.5%)
Florence (4,295) (NE)1,483 (34.5%)1,259 (29.3%)
Green Lake (18,913) (FV)6,532 (34.5%)5,229 (27.6%)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE)6,870 (33.6%)5,046 (24.7%)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE)30,065 (38.1%)21,027 (26.6%)
Marinette (40,350) (NE)13,291 (32.9%)9,237 (22.9%)
Menominee (4,556) (FV)1,907 (41.9%)1,647 (36.2%)
Oconto (37,930) (NE)12,941 (34.1%)9,758 (25.7%)
Outagamie (187,885) (FV)68,740 (36.6%)47,651 (25.4%)
Shawano (40,899) (FV)11,802 (28.9%)9,138 (22.3%)
Sheboygan (115,340)43,277 (37.5%)27,737 (24.0%)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV)16,441 (32.2%)12,735 (25.0%)
Waushara (24,443) (FV)6,873 (28.1%)5,470 (22.4%)
Winnebago (171,907) (FV)61,427 (35.7%)44,610 (26.0%)
NORTHEAST REGION (NE)182,921 (38.6%)128,513 (27.1%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (FV)190,998 (34.7%)138,616 (25.2%)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434)2,239,906 (38.5%)1,504,167 (25.8%)

CLICK HERE to track vaccine data in Wisconsin

CLICK HERE for the First Alert Vaccine Team’s guide to vaccine clinics and vaccinators, including phone numbers and websites to make appointments and information on free rides to appointments.

Since February 5, 2020, the DHS reports 3,377,182 people in Wisconsin were tested at least once for the coronavirus. Out of these:

  • 588,504 tested positive for the COVID-19 virus
  • 28,393 were hospitalized (4.8%)
  • 6,698 died (1.14%)
  • 571,778 are considered recovered (97.4%)
  • 8,844 are still active cases (1.5%)

HOSPITAL READINESS

The Department of Health Services reports 56 more people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past 24-hour period, which is in line with the 7-day average of 60 hospitalizations per day.

Taking discharges and deaths into account, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reports 293 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, with 76 in ICU. That’s 5 more in ICU than Wednesday. It’s 24 fewer patients overall, and marks the first decline in hospitalizations in 5 days.

Fox Valley hospitals are treating 21 COVID-19 patients, with 6 in ICU. Both increased by 2 patients since Wednesday.

Hospitals in the Northeast region are treating 32 COVID-19 patients, the same as Wednesday, with 5 in ICU, which is 1 patient more than the day before.

For hospital readiness, the WHA reports there are 240 ICU beds available in the state’s hospitals, or 16.4% of all ICU beds. There are a total 1,985 of all types of beds available -- ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative-flow isolation -- which is 17.8% of the state’s hospital beds.

The Fox Valley region’s 13 hospitals have 8 ICU beds available among them (7.7%) and 91 total open beds total (10.7%).

The 10 hospitals in the Northeast region have 17 ICU beds (8.2%) and 196 of all bed types (20.5%) open.

These beds are for all patients, not just COVID-19. We use terms like “open” or “available,” but a hospital can only put a patient in a bed if it has the staff to care for them, including doctors, nurses and food services.

THURSDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS (counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold) *

Wisconsin

  • Adams – 1,672 cases (+3) (10 deaths)
  • Ashland – 1,219 cases (16 deaths)
  • Barron – 5,625 cases (+11) (76 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 1,117 cases (+2) (19 deaths)
  • Brown – 31,078 cases (+28) (234 deaths)
  • Buffalo – 1,333 cases (7 deaths)
  • Burnett – 1,287 cases (+12) (21 deaths)
  • Calumet – 5,694 (+6) (46 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 7,258 cases (+9) (94 deaths)
  • Clark – 3,194 cases (+4) (58 deaths)
  • Columbia – 5,276 cases (+8) (57 deaths)
  • Crawford – 1,696 cases (+2) (17 deaths)
  • Dane – 43,302 (+98) (290 deaths)
  • Dodge – 11,658 cases (+7) (162 deaths)
  • Door – 2,565 cases (+5) (22 deaths)
  • Douglas – 3,883 cases (+18) (32 deaths)
  • Dunn – 4,525 cases (+5) (32 deaths) (+1)
  • Eau Claire – 11,361 cases (+7) (105 deaths)
  • Florence - 441 cases (+1) (12 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 12,200 cases (+4) (105 deaths)
  • Forest - 944 cases (23 deaths)
  • Grant – 4,819 cases (+4) (85 deaths)
  • Green – 3,426 cases (+3) (17 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 1,555 cases (+1) (19 deaths)
  • Iowa - 1,980 cases (+1) (10 deaths)
  • Iron - 571 cases (21 deaths)
  • Jackson - 2,597 cases (+1) (26 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 8,202 cases (+13) (108 deaths) (+2)
  • Juneau - 3,058 cases (+4) (21 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 15,223 cases (+28) (305 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 2,318 cases (+1) (26 deaths)
  • La Crosse – 12,537 cases (+7) (80 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 1,538 cases (+3) (7 deaths)
  • Langlade - 1,958 cases (+4) (32 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 3,015 cases (+5) (60 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 7,415 cases (+7) (69 deaths)
  • Marathon – 14,185 cases (+3) (184 deaths)
  • Marinette - 4,045 cases (+7) (65 deaths)
  • Marquette – 1,354 cases (22 deaths)
  • Menominee - 792 cases (11 deaths)
  • Milwaukee – 102,916 (+166) (1,273 deaths)
  • Monroe – 4,420 cases (+1) (37 deaths)
  • Oconto – 4,352 case (+11) (49 deaths)
  • Oneida - 3,552 case (cases revised -1 by state) (68 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 20,279 cases (+26) (201 deaths)
  • Ozaukee – 8,024 cases (+12) (83 deaths)
  • Pepin – 824 cases (7 deaths)
  • Pierce – 3,730 cases (+8) (35 deaths)
  • Polk – 4,188 cases (+31) (43 deaths)
  • Portage – 6,622 cases (+1) (67 deaths)
  • Price – 1,203 cases (+2) (7 deaths)
  • Racine – 21,053 cases (+39) (336 deaths)
  • Richland - 1,287 cases (+1) (15 deaths)
  • Rock – 15,217 cases (+46) (167 deaths)
  • Rusk - 1,276 cases (16 deaths)
  • Sauk – 5,643 cases (+17) (46 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 1,593 cases (+1) (24 deaths)
  • Shawano – 4,661 cases (69 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 13,503 cases (+23) (134 deaths)
  • St. Croix – 7,228 cases (+53) (50 deaths)
  • Taylor - 1,844 cases (+1) (24 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 3,489 cases (+2) (39 deaths)
  • Vernon – 1,894 cases (+2) (39 deaths)
  • Vilas - 2,218 cases (+4) (39 deaths)
  • Walworth – 9,252 cases (+18) (136 deaths)
  • Washburn – 1,399 cases (+5) (18 deaths)
  • Washington – 14,339 cases (+14) (144 deaths)
  • Waukesha – 42,920 cases (+70) (509 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 4,841 cases (+6) (117 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,134 cases (32 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 17,805 cases (+24) (190 deaths)
  • Wood – 6,849 cases (+5) (77 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula **

  • Alger - 298 cases (1 death)
  • Baraga - 530 cases (+2) (33 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 952 cases (+2) (26 deaths)
  • Delta – 2,994 cases (+29) (67 deaths)
  • Dickinson - 2,295 cases (+19) (56 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 991 cases (+2) (22 deaths)
  • Houghton – 2,381 cases (+5) (32 deaths)
  • Iron – 901 cases (+6) (42 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 132 cases (1 death)
  • Luce – 156 cases (+3)
  • Mackinac - 359 cases (+2) (3 deaths)
  • Marquette - 3,886 cases (+16) (56 deaths)
  • Menominee - 1,693 cases (+4) (39 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 386 cases (+6) (20 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft - 275 cases (+1) (4 deaths)

* Cases and deaths are from the daily DHS COVID-19 reports, which may differ from local health department numbers. The DHS reports cases from all health departments within a county’s boundaries, including tribal, municipal and county health departments; county websites may not. Also, public health departments update their data at various times, whereas the DHS freezes the numbers it receives by the same time every day to compile the afternoon report.

**The state of Michigan does not update numbers on Sundays. Monday’s numbers include updates since Saturday’s reporting deadline.

CDC GUIDANCE ON GATHERINGS

The Centers for Disease Control have announced that fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing.

The CDC’s recommendations also say vaccinated people can come together in the same way – in a single household -- with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren.

The CDC is continuing to recommend that fully vaccinated people still wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public. The CDC also advised vaccinated people to get tested if they develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 TRACING APP

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 tracing app, “Wisconsin Exposure Notification,” is available for iOS and Android smartphones. No download is required for iPhones. The Android app is available on Google Play. When two phones with the app (and presumably their owners) are close enough, for long enough, they’ll anonymously share a random string of numbers via Bluetooth. If someone tests positive for the coronavirus, they’ll receive a code to type into the app. If your phones “pinged” each other in the last 14 days, you’ll receive a push notification that you are at risk of exposure. The app doesn’t collect personal information or location information, so you won’t know from whom or where, but you will be told what day the exposure might have occurred so that you can quarantine for the appropriate amount of time.

SYMPTOMS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

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