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Hospitalizations for Door County Residents Peaked in December 2021

There were 30 Door County residents in the hospital with COVID-19 in December 2021 – the highest number since the pandemic began. The closest before last month was November 2020, when 24 local residents were hospitalized.

As with all other data, local residents are counted regardless of the location of their hospitalization or testing, so those hospitalizations could have been within the county or elsewhere. During December 2021, 91.1% of all hospital beds in northeast Wisconsin were in use, and 91.9% of all ICU beds. Only 24.9% of all ventilators throughout the region were in use during that time.

Sue Powers, Door County Public Health officer/manager, shared the data Tuesday during her monthly update to the Door County Board of Supervisors. 

Door County vaccination rates remain high – 77.8% of the population – and the 5-11 age group, which didn’t become eligible for the vaccination until November, has an overall vaccination rate of 28%. More than a fifth of all new Door County COVID-19 cases continue to be found in those younger than 18, or 20.3%. 

Powers said there have been 6,182 Door County residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early 2020, with another probable 344 cases.

In Door County between Jan. 5 and Jan. 18, the activity level of infection was listed as “critically high,” as it was for all counties within the state. The seven-day percentage of positive cases – which peaked on Jan. 1, 2022, at 30% for all Door County residents tested for COVID-19 – had fallen to 27% as of Jan. 19.

“Please know the cases do not include at-home testing,” Powers said. “That data isn’t included anywhere.”

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