In Sheboygan County
Today’s realistic statistics show that there were 90 new cases in Sheboygan County since Friday. The biggest increase was seen in the Census tract area that covers most of Kohler and the Town of Sheboygan with five new cases. There were no new deaths or hospitalizations, though three still remain hospitalized. Statewide, there was a surge in percent positive tests on Saturday to 10%. Today was down to 8%, still far from the 3% average “flattening” we saw for several weeks in June. Deaths in Wisconsin also spiked on Saturday, up to 13. On a positive note, there was only one death each on Sunday and Monday.
Nationwide, Sunday and Monday saw deaths fall below 1,000 each day with 558 on Sunday and 564 today. That was after three days where there were more than 1,000 deaths each day.
Do masks work?
Many still question the need to wear masks in enclosed spaces. In one simulation, researchers predicted that 80 percent of the population wearing masks would do more to reduce COVID-19 spread than a strict lockdown. Another recent study compared the COVID-19 growth rate before and after mask mandates in 15 states and the District of Columbia. It found that mask mandates led to a slowdown in daily COVID-19 growth rate, which became more apparent over time. See more here.
Sources: state and Sheboygan County Division of Public Health and Human Services. National data provided by the CDC.
Counts and increases for 7/27 since Friday according to census tracts around Sheboygan County. (Click image to enlarge).
Percent positive (below) in Sheboygan County compares number of tests returned and how many of them came back positive, to give a more realistic picture of the trend. (You want to see more yellow than blue).