DHS Reports 539 New COVID-19 Cases, Continuing Downward Trend

16 Percent Of State's Vaccine-Eligible Population Has Gotten First Dose

Patients receive Pfizer vaccine
Patients receive a shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at Families Together of Orange County Community Health Center, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Tustin, Calif. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

New reports of COVID-19 cases are continuing to trend slightly down in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.

DHS reported 539 new cases of the disease Wednesday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 545 daily cases. Daily new cases have been falling since early January, when the average was nearly 3,000.

There were 3,287 negative tests reported Wednesday.

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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 1,507,834 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Wednesday, with 56.6 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up receiving at least one dose of the vaccine so far.

DHS reported 951,501 Wisconsin residents had received at least one dose, representing 16.3 percent of the state population. As of Wednesday, 524,908 people in Wisconsin, or 9 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 6,458 people in Wisconsin. There were 18 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Wednesday.

Other DHS data from Wednesday include:

  • 565,131 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,200,130 total tests administered, 2,634,999 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 26,279 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 3,826 new test results were reported Wednesday.

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