Wisconsin Department of Health Services officials in the past 24 hours moved Calumet County into the “high” activity level for COVID-19 cases.

Calumet County had been in the “medium” activity level prior to being moved up. It joins other counties in the high level—including Manitowoc County—while the local counties of Fond du Lac and Sheboygan remain in the medium category.

Calumet County was one of 14 counties in the state to be moved into the “high” category.

State health officials continue to track the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in each county to determine a burden (case rate) number. Burden is the total number of cases per 100,000 residents in the last two weeks. A high case rate is greater than 100 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents.

Officials also calcuate a trajectory figure (percent case change), and Calumet County’s current trajectory number is 300, the fourth highest among the state’s 72 counties. Similar to Calumet County, the three counties with a higher trajectory (Douglas, Dunn, and Pierce) are rural counties which have had low total numbers of confirmed cases so an increase of just a few confirmed cases can have a greater impact on trajectory percentages.

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