COVID-19 Cases In Wisconsin Averaging About 550 Per Day

Average Is Around 100 Cases Less Than Previous Week

A woman leans her head back as she sits in her vehicle and is swabbed for COVID-19
Lori Jornlin of New Berlin is tested for COVID-19 on Friday, March 19, 2021, at American Family Field in Milwaukee, 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 308 new cases of the disease Sunday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 553 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 649 daily cases.

There were 3,501 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 4,664716 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Saturday, with 76.5 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Saturday, 2,149,489 people in Wisconsin, or 37 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 6,904 people in Wisconsin. There were no new deaths from COVID-19 reported Sunday.

Other DHS data from Sunday include:

  • 603,098 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,483,857 total tests administered, 2,880,759 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 29,808 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 3,809 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 “very high,” “high,” “medium,” to “low.”

As of Wednesday, DHS data showed the state had two counties — Polk and St. Croix — with a “very high” level, while the majority of Wisconsin counties had “high” levels of activity. There were growing case trajectories in two counties and shrinking trajectories in three. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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