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May 28, 2022

Number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 steadily increases in Wisconsin – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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COVID-19 hospitalizations are starting to increase in Wisconsin again.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported Friday that 234 patients remain hospitalized with COVID, an increase of 72 patients the last seven days.

In addition, the seven-day average of daily cases increased to more than 1,200 cases, which is up 916 cases from a month ago, according to the state Department of Health Services.

The seven-day average positivity rate also increased to 9.3%. Positivity rate has steadily increased for a month.

Last week, all counties had a “low” COVID-19 community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s community levels are used to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data.

The DHS adopted the CDC’s system for indicating risk and community-level spread of the virus earlier this month.

This week, the CDC increased the community level for a number of counties.

Bayfield, La Crosse, Green Lake, Columbia and Dane counties have been moved to the “medium” category. The CDC recommends that if you are at high risk for severe illness and reside in one of these counties, talk to your health care provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.

Barron and Rusk counties have been moved to the “high” category. The CDC recommends that people residing in these counties wear a mask while indoors and take other precautions.

Track COVID and the vaccine in Wisconsin:See the latest data on cases, deaths and administered doses

Latest COVID-19 numbers

  • New cases reported (Friday): 1,544
  • New deaths reported (Friday), confirmed: 2
  • New deaths reported (Friday), probable: 0
  • New deaths reported (this week), confirmed: 11
  • New deaths reported (this week), probable: -1 (The DHS removed a probable death this week)
  • Number hospitalized: 234 (intensive care: 37); up 57 patients from a month ago
  • Seven-day average of daily cases: 1,247 (up 916 cases from one month ago)
  • Seven-day average of confirmed daily deaths: 2 (down 30 deaths from a month ago)
  • Seven-day average of new deaths reported within 30 days of death: 1 (down eight deaths from a month ago)
  • Seven-day average positivity rate: 9.3% of all COVID-19 tests given
  • Total cases since the start of pandemic: 1,415,864
  • Total confirmed deaths: 12,883
  • Total probable deaths: 1,530

Latest vaccine numbers

  • Total doses administered: 9,461,595
  • Seven-day average of daily doses: 1,766
  • Weekly doses administered: 8,357 (as of Friday)
  • Total booster doses administered: 2,007,406
  • Seven-day average of daily booster doses: 916
  • Residents who have received one dose: 3,750,012 (64.3% of the population)
  • Residents who are fully vaccinated: 3,560,176 (61% of the population)
  • Residents who have received a booster dose: 1,986,522 (34.1% of the population)
  • Residents ages 5 to 11 with at least one dose: 134,613 (27.6% of age group) 
  • Residents ages 12 to 17 with at least one dose: 273,654 (61.6% of age group)
  • Residents ages 18 to 24 with at least one dose: 328,300 (60.3% of age group)
  • Residents ages 25 to 34 with at least one dose: 476,297 (64.3% of age group)
  • Residents ages 35 to 44 with at least one dose: 500,348 (69.3% of age group)
  • Residents ages 45 to 54 with at least one dose: 501,044 (71.7% of age group)
  • Residents ages 55 to 64 with at least one dose: 640,431 (78.1% of age group)
  • Residents 65 and older with at least one dose: 895,325 (85.4% of age group)

Variant case sequencing

State and private labs regularly do further tests on a portion of positive COVID-19 samples to find the prevalence of different variants of the virus. The numbers below are just a fraction of the total number of variant cases.

Omicron variant was identified in 100% of tests sequenced during the week starting March 27. 

Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or DBentley1@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DrakeBentleyMJS