By Lynn Binnie
Whitewater Banner volunteer staff
January 11, 2021
In December the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, for the first time, started providing COVID-19 data for each municipality and school district in the state. This is particularly helpful for Whitewater, as the previous information that was enumerated by census tract did not isolate the portion of the city that is located in Jefferson County. The statistics for the seven days ending January 11 reflect a reversal of the progress that had been made in the past two weeks. Twenty-five new cases were diagnosed, compared with eleven in the previous week.
The city’s rate per 100,000 population is still the lowest among the cities/counties shown on the chart below; however, it must be noted that with many of the UW-W students still being at home, Whitewater’s current population is overstated for this purpose.
In response to a request for an update regarding COVID-19 testing and reporting at UW-W, Jeff Angileri, Director of Public Information, indicated that as of December 18 there had been 12,466 “surge” tests conducted. Further information has not yet been provided.
Twenty-eight deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in the city, an increase of three from last week; thirty-one have been reported in the school district. It is believed that the majority of the deaths that have been reported in the city have taken place in senior residences.
New daily confirmed cases reported as an average over the last 7 days and rate per 100,000 population:
|City of Whitewater||Average new daily cases||Rate per 100,000 population|
|Whitewater Unified School District|
Rates per 100,000 population for selected municipalities based on past 7 days as of 1/4
|Entire state of WI||65||61.4*||51.3**||40.1***||38.5 ****|