7-Day Average Of COVID-19 Cases Lowest Since Late June

With Low Testing, DHS Reports 206 New COVID-19 Cases Saturday

A sign on a clear glass door says "Face Covering Required."
Signs instruct customers to wear face masks and maintain social distancing Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Madison, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

New reports of COVID-19 cases are on the decline in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.

DHS reported 206 new cases of the disease Saturday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 409 daily cases. That average is the lowest it’s been since late June.

There were 2,161 negative tests reported negative 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 1,676,985 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Saturday, with 61 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up receiving at least one dose of the vaccine so far.

DHS reported 1,051,059 Wisconsin residents had received at least one dose, representing 18 percent of the state population. As of Saturday, 591,186 people in Wisconsin, or 10 percent of the population, have received both shots, completing the vaccination series.

Increasing rates of vaccination have provided a sense of hope after a yearlong pandemic that has claimed the lives of 6,478 people in Wisconsin. There was one new death from COVID-19 reported Saturday.

Other DHS data from Saturday include:

  • 566,364 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,212,707 total tests administered, 2,644,243 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 26,432 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 2,367 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 a “critically high” level of COVID-19 activity. Two counties — Green and Iron — had a “very high” level of activity; 56 counties had a “high” level of activity; 10 counties had a “medium” level; and four had a “low” level Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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