MARINETTE — COVID-19 cases have been rising in Marinette County at the rate of more than 30 per day.

That was the information presented Wednesday from the county’s Public Health Officer Molly Bonjean to the Health and Humans Services Board.

The county mirrors that of most of Wisconsin with COVID-19 cases on the rise. In October, cases rose by 23 positive tests per day.

Bonjean, who expects cases to continue to rise, said in northeast Wisconsin, 83% of hospital beds are in use, 85% of ICU beds are in use and 22% of ventilators are in use. Compared to last month’s numbers, use of hospital services are increasing.

As of Monday, there have been 1,978 total cases of COVID-19 in the county, an increase from October’s total of 1,208 cases.

There have been 18 COVID-19 related deaths in the county since March.

In a related matter, Bonjean said local COVID-19 testing will take place at Bellin Health locations throughout the county.

Bonjean also reported on her office’s communicable disease report. According to Bonjean, flu shots have been distributed to local schools, who should finish vaccinating students by the end of this week.

Bonjean was also asked by supervisor Tom Mailand if she knew when a possible COVID-19 vaccine would become available to the general public. Bonjean said, “I get all my information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and they have not said anything about a vaccine becoming available yet.”

But Bonjean continued, saying that Health and Human Services is preparing for when the vaccine will become available. “We are ready for it,” she said.