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Thursday, August 26, 2021
COVID was plateauing in Wisconsin, until this week
Up through Saturday of last week, it looked like new COVID infections were continuing to level off in Wisconsin. Yes, it was still higher than the week before, but the rate of increase was only around 9% compared to 12% the week before and nearly 40% the week before that.But in this week, we've seen more than 2,000 new cases reported in 2 of the last 3 days, and more than 10,000 new cases have been reported over the last week.
And you'll notice DHS reporting "very high" COVID activity in almost half of the counties in Wisconsin, which means that it has become widespread throughout the state, particularly in northern and central Wisconsin over the last two weeks.
As we update #COVID19_WI numbers today, we want to draw your attention to our Activity Level by Region and County webpage. 34 counties are now at very high activity level, up from 12 last week. See what's happening in your region and county: https://t.co/qZw0nSnWe6 pic.twitter.com/0uXix6hX7R— WIDeptHealthServices (@DHSWI) August 26, 2021
Menominee Co. 639
Taylor County 607
Green Lake Co. 529
Langlade Co. 526
Milwaukee Co. 472
Monroe County 472
Oconto County 469
Forest Co. 457
Eau Claire Co. 455
Chippewa Co. 452 And many other counties are clustered between 400 and 450, including all 3 of the WOW Counties and Racine County. Deaths have also taken a jump up in the state, nearing 50 over the last week - a rate we haven't seen since February (a time when most Wisconsinites couldn't be vaccinated). Those booster shots can't come on line soon enough, but in the meantime, masking up and playing it smart seems to be the way to go. Let's hope the good weather holds out for another month and that this curve starts bending down as more people get their shots in and re-learn how to lower their risks. Or else this Fall and Winter may look like a lot less fun than we thought it might be a month ago.
Posted by Jake formerly of the LP at 8:12:00 PM
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