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DHS: 36 counties show shrinking trajectory for COVID-19 disease activity

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(WAOW) — Wisconsin remains in the "Very High" category for COVID-19 disease activity, but new cases continue to decline and so does disease trajectory at the county level.

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports 2,177 new cases and 6,510 new negative test results (25% positivity rate).

The new report brings the total of confirmed cases to 528,101. Of those, 498,368, or 94.4%, are considered recovered.

The seven-day average for newly confirmed cases continues to drop, on Thursday DHS reports it as 1,731.

The state remains in the "Very High" category for disease activity, and so do most counties. The state has a burden of 539.3 cases per 100,000.

What is changing is counties, and therefore the state, are starting to have "shrinking trajectories," meaning the case burden is decreasing. This is all according to data gathered from January 6-19.

According to DHS, 36 of 72 counties are seeing shrinking trajectories. In North Central Wisconsin the counties seeing shrinking trajectories:

  • Wood
  • Marathon
  • Taylor
  • Lincoln
  • Langlade
  • Oneida
  • Vilas
  • Forest
  • Langlade

On January 18, the previous DHS report indicated only three counties were seeing shrinking trajectories.

A data point that isn't shrinking as consistently as cases, trajectories or even hospitalizations is COVID-19 deaths.

On Thursday, the state reports an additional 45 deaths, bringing the total of those who have died from the virus in Wisconsin to 5,607.

The seven-day average has not been declining, like cases, instead it has seen several up's and down's in the same period. As of Thursday, the average is 45.

DHS also reports 82 people were newly-hospitalized.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 834 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Wisconsin hospitals, down 31 from the day prior.

Of those, 193 are in the ICU, down 10 from the day before, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. 

DHS now has a county-level dashboard to assess the COVID-19 activity level in counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition regions that measure what DHS calls the burden in each county. View the dashboard HERE.

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