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Fallen above 13,000 for the first time; 7-day average at all-time high

4,485 cases, 58 deaths added

MADISON, Wisconsin (WBAY) — More than 8.8 million (8,820,542) doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Wisconsin in the 13 months since the first vaccine became available, according to the latest data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services ( DHS). Health experts attribute those vaccines to reducing deaths and hospitalizations, as the delta variant, with its high viral load, was burned by the state last year.

Now the state is dealing with the highly contagious Omicron variant, which contributed to another spike in case numbers. The 7-day average is at a high of 9,915 cases per day after a record 13,004 new cases were identified in the latest test results – the first time more than 13,000 cases have been confirmed in one day.

More than 1.1 million people in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case on February 5, 2020. Dodge County peaked at 20,000 cases, with a population of about 88,000; it is an average of 188 new cases per day. Fond du Lac County passed 24,000 cases (population 103,403) and Shawano County passed 8,000 (population 40,899).

The state says 19 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the past 30 days, out of 27 death certificates filed with the state. In our area, Winnebago County reported 3 deaths, Forest County reported 2, and Brown and Manitowoc counties each reported 1. The state’s death toll is 10,434.

Yesterday the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reported a record 2,278 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and a record 488 in intensive care. There are 198 patients in the Northeast region, 45 of whom are in the ICU. The Fox Valley region has 151 COVID-19 patients, 28 of whom are in the ICU.

DHS figures show that 162 people have been hospitalized for treatment with COVID-19 since Wednesday’s report. That is the lowest number on a weekday in almost two weeks. We calculate that the 7-day average decreased slightly to 171 patients per day (last week this average ranged from 142 to 150 per day). Hospital admissions continue to fall measurably to 4.77% from 4.82% on Wednesday; this is the percentage of all cases with hospitalization from February 5, 2020.

We get Thursday’s patient count, taking into account the discharges and deaths from the past day, later in the afternoon.

Statewide, there is a record burden of 2,490.9 cases for every 100,000 residents, meaning that in the past two weeks, nearly 2 ½ percent of Wisconsinites tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

As we reported yesterday, the spread of the virus is considered “critically high” in all 72 provinces. Three counties have seen cases drop in the past two weeks: Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Washington. Three provinces showed no significant change: Florence, Menominee and Pepin. The other 66 saw the number of files rise since the end of December.

According to our calculations, vaccinators have delivered an average of 18,655 doses of vaccine each day over the past 7 days. Most of these were booster shots, averaging 12,103 per day. Continuing our look at vaccinations, each day an average of 3,292 people sought their first vaccination against COVID-19 and 2,660 completed their vaccination series.

The DHS says that 62.7% of Wisconsin residents have now received at least one vaccine dose and 58.6% of the population have completed their vaccine series — either two injections of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Nineteen of the 20 counties we track in WBAY’s display area saw an increase in the percentage of residents who received their first shot or completed their vaccine series, or both, in the past day.

VACCINATIONS THURSDAY BY AGE GROUP (and change since last report)

  • 5 to 11: 22.9% received vaccine (+0.2)/17.4% completed vaccinations (+0.2)
  • 12 to 17: 58.3% received vaccine (+0.2)/53.4% ​​completed vaccinations (+0.1)
  • 18 to 24: 57.6% received vaccine (+0.1)/51.8% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 25 to 34: 62.0% received vaccine (+0.1)/56.9% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 35 to 44: 67.7% received vaccine (+0.1)/63.6% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 45 to 54: 70.5% received vaccine (+0.1)/67.0% completed vaccinations (+0.1)
  • 55 to 64: 77.3% received vaccine (+0.1)/74.1% completed vaccinations (+0.0)
  • 65 and above: 85.6% received vaccine (+0.1)/82.0% completed vaccinations (+0.1)

VACCINATIONS THURSDAY PER COUNTY POPULATION (and change since last report)

Province (population)
(Health Region)
% of the population
with at least 1 dose
% of the population
completed series
Brown (264542) (NE) 64.0% (+0.1) 60.4%
Calumet (50,089) (FV) 55.7% 52.9% (+0.1)
Avoid (87,839) 51.3% (+0.1) 48.3% (+0.1)
Door (27,668) (NE) 77.6% (+0.1) 72.8% (+0.1)
Fond du Lac (103.403) (SE) 54.4% 51.3% (+0.1)
Forest (9.004) 51.5% (+0.1) 48.4%
Florence (4,295) (NE) 51.6% (+0.1) 48.9%
Green Lake (18,913) (FV) 56.6% (+0.1) 52.9% (+0.2)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE) 51.8% 49.7% (+0.1)
Long drawer (19,189) 53.0% 50.4% (+0.1)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE) 59.3% (+0.1) 56.2% (+0.1)
Marinette (40,350) (NE) 52.3% (+0.1) 49.4%
Menominee (4,556) (FV) 78.6% 74.4%
Oconto (37,930) (NE) 52.1% (+0.1) 49.4%
Outagamy (187885) (FV) 62.9% (+0.1) 59.3%
Shawano (40,899) (FV) 46.8% (+0.1) 44.5%
Sheboygan (115340) (SE) 61.4% (+0.1) 57.9%
Waupaca (50,990) (FV) 54.6% (+0.1) 51.7% (+0.1)
Waushara (24,443) (FV) 45.2% (+0.1) 42.7% (+0.1)
Winnebago (171.907) (FV) 61.0% 57.3% (+0.1)
NORTH EAST REGION (474,200) (NE) 291,547 (61.4%) 275,559 (58.1%, +0.1)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,682) (FV) 323,432 (58.8%) 304,952 (55.5%, +0.1)
WISCONSIN (5.822.434) 3,655,662 (62.7%, +0.1) 3,420,299 (58.6%)

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CASE OF THURSDAY AND DEATH TOTALS (in bold indicates change in cases or deaths since last report) **

  • Brown – 56,845 cases (+812) (314 deaths) (+1)
  • Calumet – 9,777 cases (+78) (82 killed)
  • Dickinson (Mich.)* – 3,895 cases (77 deaths)
  • Dodge – 20,070 cases (+232) (245 dead)
  • Door – 5,390 cases (+102) (43 dead)
  • Florence – 659 suitcases (+2) (15 dead)
  • Fond du Lac – 24,055 boxes (+500) (189 dead)
  • Bos – 1,942 suitcases (+25) (43 dead) (+2)
  • Gogebic (Mich.)* – 2,133 cases (34 deaths)
  • Green Lake – 3,410 cases (+37) (41 killed)
  • Iron (Mich.)* – 1,836 cases (61 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 3,921 cases (+55) (37 killed)
  • Long drawer – 3,994 cases (+45) (50 dead)
  • Manitowoc – 14,469 cases (+166) (125 deaths) (+1)
  • Marinette – 8.129 cases (+81) (86 killed)
  • Menominee (Mich.)* – 3,269 cases (56 deaths)
  • Menominee – 1,315 cases (+32) (12 dead)
  • Oconto – 7,971 cases (+88) (73 dead)
  • Outagamy – 35,508 cases (+416) (278 dead)
  • Shawano – 8,024 cases (+91) (101 dead)
  • Sheboygan – 24,265 cases (+529) (187 dead)
  • Waupaca – 9,553 cases (+172) (171 dead)
  • Waushara – 3,963 cases (+42) (61 killed)
  • Winnebago – 34,823 cases (+496) (287 deaths) (+3)

* You can find cases and deaths for all 72 counties of Wisconsin on the DHS County Data Website. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Hospital Association publish updates Monday through Friday. Michigan Department of Health updates the information on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

** Cases and deaths are from state COVID-19 reports, which may differ from local health department numbers. The Wisconsin DHS reports cases from all health departments within a county’s boundaries, including tribal, municipal, and county health departments; provincial websites may not. Public health departments also update their data at different times, while DHS freezes the numbers it receives at the same time each day to compile the afternoon report.

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