DHS Reports 29 New COVID-19 Deaths, As Decline In New Cases Continues

Nearly 19 Percent Of Wisconsin Population Has Received At Least 1 Vaccine Dose

A patient receives a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
In this March 1, 2021, photo, a patient receives a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine next to a guidelines sign at a CVS Pharmacy branch in Los Angeles. More than 27 million Americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have to keep waiting for guidance from U.S. health officials for what they should and shouldn’t do. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photos

New reports of COVID-19 cases are averaging at about 390 cases per day in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.

DHS reported 463 new cases of the disease Tuesday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 391 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 575 daily cases.

There were 1,033 negative tests reported Tuesday.

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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 1,739,995 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Tuesday, with 62.3 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up receiving at least one dose of the vaccine so far.

DHS reported 1,088,339 Wisconsin residents had received at least one dose, representing 18.7 percent of the state population. As of Tuesday, 613,542 people in Wisconsin, or 10.5 percent of the population, have received both shots, completing the vaccination series.

Increasing rates of vaccination have provided a sense of hope after a yearlong pandemic that has claimed the lives of 6,510 people in Wisconsin. There were 29 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Tuesday.

Other DHS data from Tuesday include:

  • 567,334 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,218,107 total tests administered, 2,650,773 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 26,554 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 1,496 new test results were reported Tuesday.

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 a “critically high” level of COVID-19 activity. Two counties — Green and Iron — had a “very high” level of activity; 56 counties had a “high” level of activity; 10 counties had a “medium” level; and four had a “low” level Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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