COVID-19 Activity Level Remains High Across Much Of Wisconsin

DHS Reported 776 New COVID-19 Cases, 10 New Deaths

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In this March 9, 2021, file photo, Liana Fonseca looks away as she receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Miami. Despite the clamor to speed up the U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19, the first three months of the rollout suggest faster is not necessarily better. Marta Lavandier/AP PHoto

New reports of COVID-19 cases are averaging around 452 cases per day in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.

DHS reported 776 new cases of the disease Wednesday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 452 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 411 daily cases.

There were 5,514 negative tests reported Wednesday.

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As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have remained low, more of the state’s residents are being vaccinated against the disease.

A total of 2,442,810 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Wednesday, with 51 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, 893,146 people in Wisconsin, or 15.3 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 6,597 people in Wisconsin. There were 10 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Wednesday.

Other DHS data from Wednesday include:

  • 573,899 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,267,595 total tests administered, 2,693,696 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 27,254 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 6,290 new test results were reported Wednesday.

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 were growing case trajectories in Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Rock, Waupaca and Washington counties. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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