7-Day Average Of COVID-19 Cases Up Slightly Since Last Week

6,536 Total Lives Lost In Wisconsin Since The Pandemic Began

Syringes filled with Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
Syringes filled with Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are loaded into a cooler in the pharmacy of National Jewish Hospital for distribution early Saturday, March 6, 2021, in east Denver. Volunteers worked with nurses and physicians from National Jewish to administer 2,500 vaccinations of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that requires a single shot instead of two like the other vaccines. David Zalubowski/AP Photos

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

DHS reported 274 new cases of the disease Sunday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 420 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 390 daily cases.

There were 3,548 negative tests reported Sunday.

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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 Sunday, with 39.1 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Sunday, 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 6,536 people in Wisconsin. Saturday, the death total was 6,538; DHS reported -2 deaths on Sunday.

“The net decrease in deaths reflects corrections made from previous reports,” DHS tweeted.

Other DHS data from Sunday include:

  • 569,638 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 2,329,192 total tests administered, 2,669,554 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 26,791 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 3,822 new test results were reported Sunday.

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.