Door County sets weekly COVID-19 record, Kewaunee County reports three more deaths
Door County set a new record over the past week for positive tests for the COVID-19 virus, while Kewaunee County's number of positive tests slowed slightly in that time frame
Those reports come on a day when the Wisconsin Department of Public Health reported new record highs in daily positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the virus.
The Door County Public Health Department reported 240 new positive tests from Nov. 3 to 10, 30 more than the previous seven days and the second straight week with more than 200 new cases.
That brings the Peninsula's cumulative total since testing began this spring to 1,230, which includes 95 probable cases, a new category that includes those who have not yet been conformed positive by a lab but had a positive antigen test or have COVID-19 symptoms and known exposure to the virus. Such cases are considered to be positive, and those in that category should isolate themselves and contact their employers and close contacts.
There are 636 active cases, up 216 from Nov. 3, and 10 deaths from the virus have been reported, one in the past week. A total of 38 people have been hospitalized because of the virus, but just one since Nov. 3. Another 691 people have recovered.
The rate of positive tests in Door County over the past week is 33%, a jump from 21.8% in the week from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3. With 11,240 total results, the overall positive rate since testing began is now 10.9%, compared to 10.2% the previous Tuesday and 8.1% the Tuesday before that, Oct. 27.
Door County also has seen 4,455 positive tests per 100,000 people since testing began — a metric the Wisconsin Department of Public Health uses to gauge community spread of the virus. That's about one in every 22 people, six more than the week before, and the 869 cases per 100,000 in the past seven days ranked 13th most among the state's 72 counties.
The Kewaunee County Public Health Department reported 113 new positive results for a cumulative total of 1,352 since testing began. While that's down from 163 in the previous week, it does mark the seventh straight week the county has seen more than 100 new cases reported by the department. The cumulative number also means one of every 15 people in the county has tested positive at some point this year.
The number of positive tests per 100,000 people for the county in the past seven days was 559 for Kewaunee County, 65th among the state's 72 counties. But the cumulative number is 6,540 per 100,000, seventh highest in the state.
Three new deaths from virus complications were reported in the county for a total of 13 since this spring, eight of those, more than half, in the past three weeks. There were 114 active cases, down from 150 on Nov. 3.
With 159 tests coming back negative in the past week (6,156 cumulatively), the positive rate over that time was 41.5%, down from 48.4% the week before. Three people are currently hospitalized, three fewer than on Nov. 3, and 1,225 people have recovered.
Statewide, the Department of Public Health reported 7,073 new cases and 66 new deaths Tuesday, and as of Monday 2,003 people were hospitalized with the virus, 396 of them in intensive care. All of those are record highs for the state. The seven-day average rate of positive tests also hit a new record high of 36%.
Over the seven days from Nov. 3 to 10, the state averaged 5,825 new COVID-19 cases and 42 virus-related deaths a day, both also new records. Two months ago, the average daily death toll in Wisconsin was seven.
Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected].
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Door County sets weekly COVID-19 record, Kewaunee County reports three more deaths