COVID-19 cases spike by 25%, 23% respectively in Kewaunee, Door counties
Kewaunee County and Door County both experienced a spike in positive COVID-19 virus tests that saw Kewaunee County's number increase by 25% in the past six days while Door County came close to that increase over that same time.
As of Tuesday, the Kewaunee County Public Health Department was reporting 85 positive tests, an increase of 17 from the 68 reported July 8 — and 27 more than the county reported two weeks ago. With a total of 204 tests coming in, the rate of positives in those six days is 7.7%, compared to 3.9% the week before. A total of 2,218 negative tests have been recorded while 45 results are pending.
Of those 85, 24 are active while 60 have recovered from the virus, with one death from its complications in April. None of the people with currently active cases are hospitalized, health department director Cindy Kinnard said.
As in past weeks, Kinnard said there doesn't appear to be any one cause that's triggering the spike in Kewaunee County, noting that cases are surging across the region. While the fast-rising numbers across the state and country have been attributed largely to young adults socializing in large groups, Kinnard said the recent positive tests are spread across all age groups locally.
Also as of Tuesday, the Door County Public Health Department was reporting 64 positive results out of 3,349 tests among its residents, an increase of 12 positives from six days before, or 23%. The rate of positive tests was about 5% for that time, although five of 20 tests that came in Monday, 25%, were positive.
Twenty of the cases in Door County are considered active, also an increase of 12, while 41 have recovered; 205 results are pending. Three people have died from the virus, but none since May 1.
The local numbers come on the heels of equally foreboding reports of COVID-19 cases from the state over the past week.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 964 new positive cases Tuesday, the fourth time in a week the state has set a new daily record for positives. Almost 25% of all positive results in Wisconsin have been reported since the start of July — 9.247 of 37,906 — with 5,350 (14%) coming in the past week. The rate of positive tests across the state has been between 6% and 10% every day since July 8 after the daily rate was 5% or less for almost all of June.
Because of the spike not just in positive tests but also in the percentage of positives, the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut added Wisconsin on Tuesday to their travel quarantine list, meaning anyone traveling to those states from Wisconsin must quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arriving. Twenty-two states are on New York's list.
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