COVID-19 Cases Down From Last Week As Wisconsin Reports 13 New Deaths

30 Percent Of Wisconsinites Are Fully Vaccinated

A man holds a bike helmet and his phone as a healthcare worker looks at it.
Marquette student Bruce Deal checks in at the walk-in COVID-19 testing site Friday, March 19, 2021, at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

In Wisconsin, new reports of COVID-19 cases remain down from last week, but higher than they were in March, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.

DHS reported 795 new cases of the disease Friday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 653 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 754 daily cases. One month ago, it was 387.

There were 4,613 negative tests reported Friday.

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

A total of 4,125,027 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Friday, with 73.5 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Friday, 1,769,406 people in Wisconsin, or 30.4 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 6,738 people in Wisconsin. There were 13 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Friday. That’s the most since April 8.

Other DHS data from Friday include:

  • 593,789 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,414,636 total tests administered, 2,820,847 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 28,865 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.9 percent of all positive cases, since the pandemic began.
  • Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though only 5,408 new test results were reported Friday.

According to DHS, Sawyer, Burnett, Polk, St. Croix and Pierce counties have the state’s highest rates of COVID-19 infection. Four border Minnesota, which has experienced the country’s fifth-highest infection rate over the last seven days, according to the CDC.

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