DHS: 789 New COVID-19 Cases, 8 New Deaths

More Than 1.9M Wisconsinites Are Fully Vaccinated

Two people walk on a sidewalk wearing face masks and holding plastic bags.
Kynala Phillips, left, and Jimmy Gutierrez, right, distribute bags with COVID-19 vaccination information, face masks, hand sanitizer and a community newsletter called “North 2 Center” to Milwaukee residents in vaccine eligible zip codes Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

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 789 new cases of the disease Friday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 622 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 653 daily cases.

There were 3,693 negative tests reported Friday.

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As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin average in the mid-600s, more of the state’s residents are being vaccinated against the disease.

A total of 4,416,834 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Friday, with 75.1 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up having received at least one dose of the vaccine.

As of Friday, 1,965,655 people in Wisconsin, or 33.8 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 6,823 people in Wisconsin. There were eight new deaths from COVID-19 reported Friday.

Other DHS data from Friday include:

  • 598,147 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,444,683 total tests administered, 2,846,536 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 29,307 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 4,482 new test results were reported Friday.

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 five counties, all in northwest Wisconsin, with a “very high” level, while the majority of Wisconsin counties had “high” levels of activity. There were growing case trajectories in three counties. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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