DHS Reports 518 New COVID-19 Cases

72 Percent Of Wisconsinites Ages 65 And Up Are Fully Vaccinated

Nurses draw shots of COVID-19 vaccine
From front, registered nurses Megan McLaughlin and Amy Wells join pharmacist Claudia Corona-Guevara in drawing shots of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the pharmacy of National Jewish Hospital for distribution early Saturday, March 6, 2021, in east Denver. Volunteers worked with nurses and physicians from National Jewish to administer 2,500 vaccinations of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that requires a single shot instead of two like the other vaccines. David Zalubowski/AP Photos

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 518 new cases of the disease Sunday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 735 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 775 daily cases.

There were 3,989 negative tests reported Sunday.

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

A total of 3,870,751 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Sunday, with 71.9 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Sunday, 1,603,795 people in Wisconsin, or 27.5 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 6,709 people in Wisconsin. DHS reported 6,711 total deaths Saturday and has updated that data.

Other DHS data from Sunday include:

  • 590,458 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,390,910 total tests administered, 2,800,452 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 28,557 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.8 percent of all positive cases, since the pandemic began.
  • Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though only 4,507 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 “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. One county — St. Croix — has a “very high” level, and the majority of Wisconsin counties have “high” levels of activity. There were growing case trajectories in 15 counties, and shrinking trajectories in two. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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