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COVID-19: How Cases in the Sheboygan, WI Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 5/13/2022 Evan Comen

© Provided by 24/7 Wall St. The U.S. reported over 463,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending May 10, bringing the total count to more than 81.0 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 990,000 COVID-19-related deaths -- the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 19.2 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans -- essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 15.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

In the 50 largest metro areas, the incidence of COVID-19 grew at an average rate of 22.2 new cases a day per 100,000 residents in the past week -- 22.3% greater than the case growth in all counties outside of metro areas.

The Sheboygan, WI metro area consists of just Sheboygan County. As of May 10, there were 28,527.1 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Sheboygan residents, 13.6% higher than the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 25,104.1 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the Sheboygan metro area, unemployment peaked at 14.2% in April 2020. As of November 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 2.3%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Sheboygan, WI metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in Wisconsin where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it's still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 10 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 10 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of May 10 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of May 10 per 100,000 residents
31540 Madison, WI 653,725 162,242 24,818.1 722 110.4
27500 Janesville-Beloit, WI 162,152 43,812 27,019.1 394 243.0
43100 Sheboygan, WI 115,178 32,857 28,527.1 318 276.1
33340 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI 1,575,223 450,806 28,618.6 3,911 248.3
48140 Wausau-Weston, WI 163,140 47,039 28,833.5 638 391.1
39540 Racine, WI 195,602 57,153 29,219.0 689 352.2
29100 La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 136,542 40,230 29,463.5 203 148.7
11540 Appleton, WI 235,628 69,693 29,577.6 527 223.7
20740 Eau Claire, WI 167,406 49,928 29,824.5 373 222.8
36780 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 170,411 52,598 30,865.4 381 223.6
22540 Fond du Lac, WI 102,597 32,259 31,442.4 275 268.0
24580 Green Bay, WI 319,401 102,447 32,074.7 735 230.1


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