12 Percent Of State Population Is Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

462 New Cases Of The Disease, 13 New Deaths Reported Saturday

The Post bar in Madison closed in March due to COVID
A sign at The Post bar in Madison, Wis. This photo was taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Bridgit Bowden/WPR

New reports of COVID-19 cases are averaging at around 430 cases per day in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.

DHS reported 462 new cases of the disease Saturday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 428 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 478 daily cases.

There were 4,550 negative tests reported Saturday.

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As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continue to decline, more of the state’s residents are being vaccinated against the disease.

A total of 1,962,159 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Saturday, with 39.1 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Saturday, 687,640 people in Wisconsin, or 12 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

Increasing rates of vaccination have provided a sense of hope after a yearlong pandemic that has claimed the lives of 6,538 people in Wisconsin. There were 13 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Saturday.

Other DHS data from Saturday include:

  • 569,364 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3.2 million total tests administered, 2.6 million of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 26,774 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.7 percent of all positive cases, since the pandemic began.
  • Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though only 5,012 new test results were reported Saturday.

Coronavirus rates vary from county to county. In order to track COVID-19 activity levels, DHS looks at the number of new cases per a county’s population over a 14-day period — and whether there’s an upward or downward trend in new cases. Activity levels range from “critically high,” “very high,” “high,” “medium,” to “low.”

As of Wednesday, DHS data showed the state had no counties with “critically high” or “very high” levels of COVID-19 activity. The majority of Wisconsin counties have “high” levels of activity. There are growing case trajectories in Waupaca, Marinette, Wood, Douglas, Waushara, Juneau and Iowa counties. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

For more about COVID-19, visit Coronavirus in Wisconsin.