A Look into a Neighborhood Facing Rising Cases of COVID-19

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A Look into a Neighborhood Facing Rising Cases of COVID-19

A Look into a Neighborhood Facing Rising Cases of COVID-19

The United States is facing a fresh surge of COVID-19 infections caused by a new subvariant of the BA.5. This variant is more contagious than the original virus and is spreading rapidly through the country. Almost all states are now seeing an increase in cases; however, the silver lining is that hospitals are not getting the influx of patients they had in the earlier season. The death rate is also better than before. However, the latest wave is causing enough concerns with health officials as the nation is gearing up for normalcy. In some places, the community-level risk makes them consider bringing the mask mandates (not like before, though) back. Hence, it is essential to be safe, follow precautions, and keep others around you safe. Do you want to know what your neighborhood is going through? Let’s take a look at Wisconsin first.

Before proceeding, if you are unaware, a new survey by MyBioSource shows that nearly 36% of Wisconsinites support official measures for COVID and 23% are against them. The poll had 3,442 participants that form the basis of this data.

Overview of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin

The latest positivity rates indicate that the American state records nearly 1750 cases daily. Almost 10 of 20 counties have double-digit growth in new infection cases. The rest of the nine counties report one to nine recent occurrences daily, except Florence County, which didn’t have any. In Brown County, total COVID cases have soared to over 76,000. It has witnessed 1000 cases over two weeks. These cases form about 28% of the country’s population. Besides, nearly 430 people died of COVID, taking the percentage to 0.57% of cases. The death rate is lower than the state’s 0.85% fatality.

According to The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the state had about 14.5% positive cases in seven days. There is only a marginal improvement of .1% compared to the last time. However, deaths have increased by 5. Of them, one person lived in Manitowoc County. If you look at the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s daily stats, you will notice that Fox Valley hospitals saw a dramatic uptick in the number of hospitalizations from 6 to 26. Some places have also reported a rise in ICU cases.

The status of the unvaccinated group in Wisconsin

June data show that COVID-infected unvaccinated Wisconsinites are most likely to occupy a hospital bed or face death due to complications. The interesting point is that although these people are at high risk of severity caused by the viral infection, their chances of getting infected are as high as those who have taken vaccines and boosters. According to the DHS, the unvaccinated group is four times more likely to need hospitalization due to their symptoms than vaccinated people. The boosted population is even less vulnerable to this. More precisely, their chances of needing a hospital are 2.5 times less likely than those who didn’t get any jab.

Essentially, there are three groups: vaccinated and boosted, vaccinated, and unvaccinated. Suppose you check the death rate in these three categories. You will find that hardly one in 100k people (including vaccinated and boosted) faced death due to the virus in June. However, in the case of unvaccinated, it is 3.2%.

In May, cases had peaked, surpassing the level of the winter month. By June, there was a steady decline up to the 4th of July holiday before rising again. Nevertheless, June recorded a drop in COVID cases across all the categories, going by a seven-day average of new patients.

COVID guidelines

2.6 million Wisconsinites reside in the high-risk areas that record maximum infection and hospitalizations. The count is enough to require people to cover their mouths and nose with a proper mask when outside their home in an indoor space, as per the federal rules. As many as 16 counties in the state are under high community infection levels, per CDC’s standards, and three of them house the highest population. That’s why there is a recommendation that people should use masks in indoor settings. And this is ubiquitous for everyone. Some of the high-risk counties include Brown, Milwaukee, and Dane. The other 13 counties are Iowa, Columbia, Kenosha, Sawyer, Richland, Rusk, Barron, Grant, Door, Green, Richland, Rock, Portage, etc. These regions house a total of 2.57 million residents, who comprise about 43% of the state’s population.

Although the latest variant is contagious, vaccines and boosters still prove effective as they protect people against complications caused by the infection. Hospitalization and death risks are also lower. And this is evident when you look at the count of 400 hospitalized cases on any given day. Most have either taken one or no vaccination or have weak immunity.

Undoubtedly, the new infection is not as severe as before. But it is crucial to be safe and protect oneself from potential harm. It will also allow states to keep their COVID cases in check. So, please don’t take risks with your health and do what safeguards it.

FAQs

  1. What is the status of the unvaccinated group in Wisconsin?

The unvaccinated group in Wisconsin is at high risk of severity caused by the viral infection, but their chances of getting infected are as high as those who have taken vaccines and boosters. According to the DHS, the unvaccinated group is four times more likely to need hospitalization due to their symptoms than vaccinated people. The boosted population is even less vulnerable to this. More precisely, their chances of needing a hospital are 2.5 times less likely than those who didn’t get any jab.

  1. How many Wisconsinites reside in the high-risk areas?

2.6 million Wisconsinites reside in the high-risk areas that record maximum infection and hospitalizations. The count is enough to require people to cover their mouths and nose with a proper mask when outside their home in an indoor space, as per the federal rules.

  1. What are some of the high-risk counties in Wisconsin?

Some of the high-risk counties in Wisconsin include Brown, Milwaukee, and Dane. The other 13 counties are Iowa, Columbia, Kenosha, Sawyer, Richland, Rusk, Barron, Grant, Door, Green, Richland, Rock, Portage, etc. These regions house a total of 2.57 million residents, who comprise about 43% of the state’s population.