COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Cases slip, deaths remain in double digits – WBAY

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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – More than 3.1 million people in Wisconsin are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports 10,528 more vaccine doses were delivered since Thursday’s report. Vaccinators reported 3,650 people receiving a COVID-19 vaccine dose for the first time — and 6,600 shots completed people’s vaccinations, either with their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A few hundred went into the arms of people from outside of the state, such as people who travel to work here.
So far, 53.3% of the state’s population completed their vaccine series, including 64.0% of adults — 3 out of 5 men (59.9%) and more than 2 out of 3 women (67.4%). That’s out of 56.5% of Wisconsinites receiving at least one shot.
There have been more COVID-19 cases recorded in Wisconsin so far this week than were during the entirety of June and July combined. Health officials have confirmed 13,712 new COVID-19 cases so far this week, bringing the new total ever reported up to 712,827. Department of Health Services data show that there were 9,508 cases in July and 2,977 in June, for a total of 12,485 cases. Wisconsin passed a milestone 700,000 cases on Monday.
Testing identified fewer new coronavirus cases Friday, but deaths remained in the double digits. The DHS says another 2,778 cases were confirmed, which is in line with the 7-day average that fell from 2,807 to 2,746 cases per day. The positivity rate’s rolling average slipped, too, from 7.5% to 7.4% of all test results in the past week being positive for the COVID-19 virus. A total 712,827 people, or more than 12% of the state’s population, has tested positive at some time in this pandemic.
Wisconsin could be a week away from the grim milestone of 8,000 deaths. The death toll is at 7,912, up 17 from Thursday. Forest, Langlade and Winnebago counties each reported 1 more. The state added 85 deaths in the past week, or an average 12 deaths per day.
Hospitals admitted 105 more people for COVID-19 in the past 24 hour period. By our calculations, the state is averaging 111 admissions per day. In its last report for the week, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) found 1,072 patients hospitalized statewide, a net decrease of 43 from Thursday once discharges and deaths are taken into account. Of those 1,072 patients, 335 are in intensive care, which was 4 more than Thursday. That’s the most COVID-19 patients in ICU in one day in the WHA’s reports since December 5, 2020, when there were 343.
We’ve been reporting this week how dire the situation is getting in ICUs. The 13 hospitals in the Fox Valley region reported just 1 available ICU bed. They’re treating 104 COVID-19 patients, the same number as Thursday, with 22 of them in ICU, one more than the day before.
The 10 hospitals in the Northeast region have 8 ICU beds available. They’re treating 110 COVID-19 patients, 5 fewer than Thursday, with 35 of them in ICU, which is an increase of 3.
Wisconsinites getting COVID-19 vaccine, by age group (and change since last report)
The Oshkosh Farmers Market will host four COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Saturdays. The first is tomorrow, Sept. 25, and then October 16, 23, and 30. All of the clinics will be held at the Time Community Theater, 445 N. Main St., from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. The Winnebago County Health Department will have vaccine available for everyone age 12 and up. The vaccine is free.
The community vaccination clinic inside Fox River Mall in Grand Chute is open from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. on select dates through December 15. The list of dates will be updated on the Outagamie County website. No appointment is necessary for this walk-in clinic, which is located near the food court and Scheel’s. There’s no cost and no ID required.
The City of Green Bay and Brown County announced vaccination clinics in October to reach people who live and work in and around downtown. These free clinics are on the first floor of the Sophie Beaumont Building, 111 N. Jefferson St., on October 1 from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. and October 8 from 12 P.M. to 3 P.M. People will get the Pfizer vaccine, and clinics for their second dose will be held three weeks later.
On top of encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, health officials are also urging people to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible, so that overwhelmed hospitals don’t have to deal with flu cases in addition to the COVID-19 cases. The flu season was almost non-existent last year when more people were self-isolating or social distancing, masking, and following other mitigation protocols against COVID-19 — the same protocols that slow the spread of the flu virus.
Walk-in or drive-through COVID-19 testing is available at Sunnyview Expo Center weekdays from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., with the Wisconsin National Guard handling the testing. Registration is encouraged at Testing is recommended (and free) for anyone as young as 1 year old who’s been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, which can include fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle ache, or sudden loss of taste or smell. Results are usually back within 48 hours.
The City of Appleton offers a walk-in clinic in the old Best Buy building, 2411 S. Kensington Dr., every Tuesday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. through Dec. 14 (see the list of dates here). Pre-registration isn’t required, but it’s encouraged to speed up the process.
FRIDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS (increase since the last report is in bold)**
* You can find a list of cases and deaths for all Wisconsin counties on the DHS County Data website. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Hospital Association do not publish updates on weekends. Update: Michigan Department of Health updates 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; 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.
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