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COVID-19 update for January 18, 2021: New cases slightly over 1,000 Monday; death rate climbs

COVID-19 cases for January 18, 2021
COVID-19 cases for January 18, 2021(CDC)
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 2:52 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY, WEAU) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported slightly over 1,000 new coronavirus cases Monday. That’s the lowest number that wasn’t close to a major holiday since 771 cases on September 14 (the state received 632 positive results the day after Christmas and 1,078 positive results the day after New Year’s, both on Saturdays).

That was about one-fifth (21.10%) of the 5,132 coronavirus tests the state received. The remaining 4,049 tests were negative.

Over the past 7 days, Wisconsin averaged 2,076 new cases a day. That’s the lowest in 3 weeks. The 7-day average for the positivity rate is also at a 3-week low.

LOCAL COUNTY NUMBERS

Eau Claire County cases increased by 18 for an overall total of 10,124.

Chippewa County cases are up 21 for an overall total of 6,534.

La Crosse County cases are up 53 with an overall total now of 11,078.

Dunn County cases drew by 11 for a total of 3,854.

But the COVID-19 death rate went back up to 1.05% of all cases with the deaths of 19 more people reported. The death rate was at 1.05% on Saturday when the DHS record 128 COVID-19 related deaths to the death toll. Wisconsin is averaging 44 deaths per day over the past week.

The DHS also tracks results for people tested multiple times, such as health care workers or patients being treated for COVID-19. By that measure, the positivity rate’s 7-day average is down to 7.8%. That DHS calculation is based on preliminary numbers, including negative tests undergoing further review. Reporting one test per person, no matter how many times they’re tested, is considered a better indicator of the virus’s spread in the community and is how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiles its own reports.

It’s been almost a year since the coronavirus was confirmed in Wisconsin. The state has tested almost 3 million people (2,964,720), confirming more than half a million (522,877) cases:

  • 5,470 have died (1.05%)
  • 491,962 are considered recovered (94.1%)
  • 25,284 are active cases (4.8%), meaning they were diagnosed or had an onset of symptoms in the past 30 days who haven’t been medically cleared

Vaccinations

New figures from the DHS on Monday show 239,102 shots of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine were administered. That’s 26,046 more than the last report on Friday. By our calculations, the state averaged 11,875 “shots in the arm” over the past 7 days, a new 7-day high.

The state also reports 35,924 people received their second dose and finished their vaccination series, about 5,100 more than Friday’s report.

You can see a graph of vaccinations per day by county or Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-data.htm#day (use the pulldown menu at the upper right corner of the graph). Keep in mind these numbers are preliminary until undergoing a few days of review.

Phase 1b

The public comment period for who should be included in the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations ends at 4 P.M. on Monday, Jan. 18. A DHS subcommittee recommended three broad groups: People over 70, people in congregate settings (such as jails, homeless shelters, and employer housing) that weren’t included in phase 1a, and more essential workers (including educators in face-to-face learning and first responders and health care workers who weren’t included in phase 1a). Read details of the recommendations HERE. As reported by our sister station, Wisconsin grocers are pushing to be included during the phase 1B vaccination.

Hospitalizations

The DHS reported 54 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 24-hour period Monday. It’s the third time in 7 days hospitalizations were in double digits, and the 10th time this month. To date, 23,130 people have been hospitalized at some point for serious COVID-19 symptoms, or 4.42% of all cases.

At last report, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) says 853 COVID-19 patients, including 207 in ICU, are currently being treated in hospitals in the state. That’s 5 fewer patients in ICU and 58 fewer patients overall compared to Saturday. The total amount of patients is the first time that figure has been below 900 since October 11. Sunday’s total amount of patients currently hospitalized is also the sixth time in 7 days there were fewer than 1,000 current hospitalizations.

Fox Valley region hospitals were treating 70 COVID-19 patients, including 6 in ICU. That’s three more in the ICU from Saturday, and an overall increase of 8.

Northeast region hospitals were treating 82 COVID-19 patients, with 23 in ICU – five fewer ICU patients and seven fewer patients overall in the past day.

Daily changes in hospitalization numbers take discharges, deaths and new admissions into account.

On Monday, the alternate care facility at State Fair Park had one patient receiving outpatient Bamlanivimab infusion therapy. Once again it did not have any overflow COVID-19 patients from state hospitals.

Hospital Readiness

The WHA reports Saturday the state’s 134 hospitals have 287 of their 1,466 ICU beds open (19.57%) and 2,301 of all types of medical beds (20.59%) open -- ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative flow isolation.

The Fox Valley region’s 13 hospitals had 14 ICU beds (13.46%) and 111 medical beds total (13.01%) open for the eight counties they serve.

The Northeast region’s 10 hospitals had 40 ICU beds (19.32%) and 277 of all medical beds (28.97%) open for patients in seven counties.

These beds are for all patients, not just COVID-19, and whether a bed can be filled depends on whether the hospital has the necessary medical and support staff.

MONDAY’S CASE UPDATES IN PROGRESS (Counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold) *

Wisconsin

  • Adams – 1,431 cases (+6) (11 deaths)
  • Ashland – 1,089 cases (+4) (16 deaths)
  • Barron – 4,911 cases (+22) (64 deaths)
  • Bayfield - 998 cases (+3) (18 deaths)
  • Brown – 28,282 cases (178 deaths)
  • Buffalo – 1,182 cases (+4) (7 deaths)
  • Burnett – 1,060 cases (+1) (23 deaths)
  • Calumet – 5,039 cases (+6) (38 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 6,534 cases (+21) (72 deaths)
  • Clark – 3,001 cases (+12) (54 deaths)
  • Columbia – 4,631 cases (+16) (38 deaths) (+1)
  • Crawford – 1,617 cases (13 deaths) (cases revised -2 by state)
  • Dane – 36,522 cases (+89) (218 deaths)
  • Dodge – 10,927 cases (+8) (129 deaths)
  • Door – 2,278 cases (+2) (16 deaths)
  • Douglas – 3,378 cases (+12) (17 deaths)
  • Dunn – 3,854 cases (+11) (25 deaths)
  • Eau Claire – 10,124 cases (+18) (92 deaths)
  • Florence - 412 cases (12 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 11,208 cases (+39) (73 deaths)
  • Forest - 893 cases (22 deaths)
  • Grant – 4,345 cases (+10) (77 deaths)
  • Green – 2,551 cases (+5) (11 deaths) (+1)
  • Green Lake - 1,446 cases (+1) (14 deaths)
  • Iowa - 1,761 cases (+3) (8 deaths)
  • Iron - 445 cases (19 deaths)
  • Jackson - 2,496 cases (+4) (20 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 7,262 cases (+43) (63 deaths)
  • Juneau - 2,786 cases (+3) (13 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 13,687 cases (+11) (248 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 2,238 cases (26 deaths)
  • La Crosse – 11,078 cases (+53) (67 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 1,326 cases (+1) (7 deaths)
  • Langlade - 1,871 cases (+3) (30 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 2,707 cases (+4) (51 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 6,700 cases (+25) (57 deaths)
  • Marathon – 12,902 cases (+19) (167 deaths)
  • Marinette - 3,798 cases (+4) (55 deaths)
  • Marquette – 1,223 cases (+1) (20 deaths)
  • Menominee - 771 cases (+1) (11 deaths)
  • Milwaukee – 91,657 (+123) (1,100 deaths) (+17)
  • Monroe – 3,854 cases (+7) (27 deaths)
  • Oconto – 4,053 cases (+5) (43 deaths)
  • Oneida - 3,025 cases (+7) (49 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 17,688 cases (+54) (169 deaths)
  • Ozaukee – 7,024 cases (+14) (63 deaths)
  • Pepin – 753 cases (6 deaths)
  • Pierce – 3,190 cases (+8) (32 deaths)
  • Polk – 3,400 cases (+11) (30 deaths)
  • Portage – 5,931 cases (+7) (57 deaths)
  • Price – 1,023 cases (+10) (6 deaths)
  • Racine – 19,128 cases (+11) (276 deaths)
  • Richland - 1,187 cases (+2) (13 deaths)
  • Rock – 13,256 cases (+38) (129 deaths)
  • Rusk - 1,196 cases (+6) (14 deaths)
  • Sauk – 4,880 cases (+13) (34 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 1,335 cases (+2) (17 deaths)
  • Shawano – 4,400 cases (+9) (64 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 12,173 cases (+24) (108 deaths)
  • St. Croix – 5,864 cases (+22) (35 deaths)
  • Taylor - 1,703 cases (+8) (19 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 3,193 cases (+7) (33 deaths)
  • Vernon – 1,670 cases (+8) (32 deaths)
  • Vilas - 1,812 cases (+6) (31 deaths)
  • Walworth – 8,329 cases (+8) (114 deaths)
  • Washburn – 1,157 cases (+6) (15 deaths)
  • Washington – 12,827 cases (+14) (108 deaths)
  • Waukesha – 37,761 cases (+144) (392 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 4,439 cases (+4) (102 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,003 cases (+7) (24 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 16,081 cases (+26) (165 deaths)
  • Wood – 6,121 cases (+9) (63 deaths)

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