Published September 20, 2021
Most of Wisconsin remains in the very high level category of COVID-19 case activity, including all of our diocese except for a few far northern counties. In the past week the daily new case count resumed a rapid upward march. The number of COVID patients in the hospitals continues to rise, but not as quickly. CDC reports of COVID variants show that more than 99% of the cases in the United States are with the Delta variant. All of the other variants have been swept aside. This week the previous hot spots in the South have been cooling off, but states in the North Central region and in the Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Carolinas region have deteriorated. The Midwest is in the middle range of activity level, but four of the top ten states in terms of rate of rise in cases are in the Midwest (Wisconsin is 9th).
Numbers are taken from websites for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Hospital Association, the CDC, and The New York Times. Most numbers are a few days old due to reduced reporting over the weekends.
Wisconsin's 7 day average of new cases increased over the past 2 weeks, 1702 on 9/5 and 2227 on 9/19, a 31% increase.
Wisconsin hospitalizations for COVID increased over the past two weeks, 978 inpatients on 9/5/21 and 1071 on 9/19, a 10% increase. Currently, 333 of the hospitalized patients are in the ICU, an increase of 11 from last week.
The 7 day average of daily deaths due to COVID remained at 12.
For comparison with other states, the new case number is converted to cases per million. Florida was added because of the recent dramatic surge in cases in that state. Comparing the 7 day average number of new cases in the past week:
United States: 449