(Dodge County) Wisconsin could be on a path to 1,000 coronavirus related deaths this month, even as confirmed cases decline. The state Department of Health Services on Wednesday announced 50 more deaths due to COVID-19. That brings the statewide toll to 5,562, and 703 such deaths since the first of the year, with a seven day average of 45. Deaths account for 1.1-percent of all cases in Wisconsin while 4.4-percent of those known to have contracted the virus needed to be hospitalized. Of the two-million people who have died worldwide, the CDC says 400-thousand people were from the United States.
While case activity remains very high or critically high in all but six of the state’s 72 counties, the 7-day average of new cases Wednesday, 1,807, was the lowest in four months. Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,522 positive coronavirus cases in Wednesday’s daily update. There are 23,904 active cases in the state, a decrease of 796 from Tuesday. Active cases make up 4.5-percent of the 525-thousand people who have tested positive to date. So far, there have been 496-thousand recoveries.
Dodge County has experienced 133 deaths and 10,951 cases, a one-day increase of eight positive tests. The county had 73 negative tests returned for a running total of 37,925. Health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 306 people, a decrease of 37 from Tuesday.
Washington County has seen 111 deaths, an increase of one from Tuesday, along with 12,912 cases to date; 659 are active cases.
Fond du Lac County reported one death for a total of 74 with 11,297 positive tests on record; 512 are active cases.
The state says Jefferson County has seen 64 deaths and 7,307 cases to date; with 232 active cases.
Columbia County has 38 deaths and 4,664 positive tests; there are 210 active cases.
Green Lake County has 14 deaths with 1,454 cases on record, 46 cases have been reported in the last two weeks.
–Photo courtesy of the Dodge County website