Wisconsin COVID Deaths Appear To Be Going Down

(Wisconsin) COVID deaths in Wisconsin appear to be flattening. The state Department of Health Services received no death reports from local health departments over the weekend.

That has not happened in four weeks, when the death count was adjusted downward. Wisconsin health officials report the state is still averaging three COVID deaths per day.

Last week’s total of 18 reported COVID deaths was the first time in five weeks the state had fewer than 40 deaths reported in a seven-day period. On Monday, the Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 386 people hospitalized for COVID, with 52 of them in intensive care.

Dodge County health officials have not reported a COVID death since the end of March. The death count stands at 341 with 294 confirmed and 47 probable deaths.

Dodge County remains in the low COVID community level. The only surrounding county with a different mark is Columbia County which is in the medium level.

Nearly 53-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose the vaccine while 50.7-percent have completed the vaccination series. Just under 28-percent have gotten an additional booster dose.

Meanwhile, Doctor Jeff Pothof with UW-Health says outdoor activities like Milwaukee’s Summerfest are unlikely to carry much risk of COVID infection.

He says (quote) “outdoor spaces are pretty safe for individuals…likewise, with recent immunity, either through infection or through vaccination and boosters…most folks who are getting COVID-19 aren’t having as severe of disease…so it might be an inconvenience for them…but it’s less likely that they’ll end up in the hospital.”

The latest data shows a high level of community spread of coronavirus in just five counties in northern and central Wisconsin. Pothof says being vaccinated and boosted remains the best protection against COVID.

WRN contributed

Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Health website