COVID-19 Wisconsin

Novel coronavirus SARS CoV2, which causes COVID-19. Meanwhile, new COVID mutations called variants are now spreading across the U.S., including the Delta variant. Microphotography by National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Omicron variant drives new, faster spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

BY: - January 4, 2022

In the last week, one in four people in Wisconsin who have gone for a COVID-19 test have been found to be infected with the novel coronavirus. As of Sunday, according to the state Department of Health Services (DHS), on average, 24.5% of tests given for COVID-19 over the last seven days were positive. That’s […]

Two doctors attend to a sick patient needing oxygen in an emergency room

Pressure builds on hospitals as COVID surges

BY: - December 21, 2021

As COVID-19 cases continue to spread, the state health department raised the alarm Monday that even more rapid spread is likely soon.  Dane County, the only county in Wisconsin with a mask requirement, extended it for another month. Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s highest court set the stage for a new challenge to local public health orders. The […]

Full length of young woman shielding eyes while standing by large green coronavirus against white background. Getty Images

COVID-19 cases continue surge in Wisconsin as hospitals stay full

BY: - December 17, 2021

Within the coming month, the number of Wisconsin residents who have confirmed cases of COVID-19 is likely to top 1 million. As of Wednesday, the state Department of Health Services (DHS) reported 4,485 new, confirmed cases, bringing the statewide total to 932,773 people who have been diagnosed with the infection from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. On […]

State moves to patch gaps in health care staffing

BY: - December 9, 2021

Wisconsin is dispatching contract health care workers to bolster staffs run ragged by caring for COVID-19 patients and is preparing to receive federal assistance in the coming weeks as the pandemic continues its latest surge. New daily cases of COVID-19 have been rising since the summer, with unvaccinated people accounting for a large majority of […]

A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

New variants increase need for masking, other measures along with vaccines to curb COVID-19

BY: - December 7, 2021

As public health professionals brace for the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, masking may be more important than ever, a Milwaukee doctor said Tuesday. “You want to also think about what kind of mask you’re wearing,” said Dr. Ben Weston, Milwaukee County chief health policy advisor and a professor at the Medical […]

Two doctors attend to a sick patient needing oxygen in an emergency room

Delta surge continues with omicron on deck

BY: - December 3, 2021

With thousands of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in Wisconsin and hospitals continuing to reaching capacity, the pandemic has continued to surge back in the state, hospital and health officials said Thursday. In Wisconsin’s west and northwest, as well as in the Fox Valley, intensive care unit beds are full, according to the Wisconsin Hospital […]

Image captured and colorized at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

ICU beds fill up as officials watch for coronavirus omicron variant

BY: - December 1, 2021

With the continued resurgence of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, still driven by the delta variant of the virus, hospital intensive care units are full in the state’s western and northwestern regions, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reported Tuesday. “We are in the middle of a delta wave with record cases and record hospitalizations in Wisconsin for […]

Mask and Thanksgiving Table

Pandemic remains active as the holidays begin

BY: - November 24, 2021

On the eve of Thanksgiving 2021, COVID-19 remains rampant in Wisconsin and most of the country. It was supposed to be different, with not just one but three vaccines introduced early this year. But the slow movement of vaccine uptake, despite the expansion of groups eligible for the shot, made room for the much more […]

Mask required sign

New reports: COVID-19 active, but easing slightly in Wisconsin

BY: - November 2, 2021

Reflecting the hope that the August-October COVID-19 surge may be easing, Dane County’s health director announced Monday that she expects to end the county’s mask mandate by the end of the month. Janel Heinrich, director of Public Health Madison & Dane County, said the county’s current mask order will be renewed Friday, Nov. 5, with a […]

COVID molecules coronavirus

Wisconsin COVID-19 deaths are increasing sharply, new reports show

BY: - October 14, 2021

For the second day in a row, Wisconsin has recorded deaths from COVID-19 on a scale not seen since the first two months of this year, the state health department reported Wednesday. In the first two weeks of October, there have been 100 reported deaths from the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Half of […]

Mask required sign

Dane County extends mask order, Milwaukee holds off despite demands

BY: - October 4, 2021

Dane County’s health officer extended the county’s mask requirement to slow the spread of COVID-19 Monday, with a new order that takes effect later this week and runs until Nov. 5. In Milwaukee, meanwhile, the city’s health commissioner has so far declined to institute a new mask order there, telling a city council committee that […]

A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

‘The virus is not tired of us’ — COVID-19 surge continues in Wisconsin

BY: - September 21, 2021

New cases of COVID-19 took another jump over the weekend, according to data posted Monday by the state Department of Health Services (DHS), and public health officials acknowledged that the latest numbers might be undercounting cases. The lag in reporting some data is due to “a system performance issue” DHS states in a message posted […]