Feds Allocate Wisconsin 187K More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

State Health Officials Report 2,790 New Cases, 49 New Deaths

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray
In this Jan. 7, 2021, photo syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. Taking a new direction to speed release of coronavirus vaccines, President-elect Joe Biden’s office said Friday he would end the current practice of holding back vaccine doses to guarantee that people who get their first shot can also get a required second inoculation three weeks later. Jae C. Hong/AP Photos

More than 187,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been allocated across Wisconsin since last week, while new reports of infections are averaging at around 2,800 cases per day, according to the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.

DHS reported 2,790 new cases of the disease Tuesday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 2,827 daily cases. One week ago, the average wa 2,400.

There were 49 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Tuesday. On Tuesday, 3,846 tested negative.

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Of the people who got tested for COVID-19 over the past week, 28.8 percent were positive for the disease, according to DHS. That rate has been declining since Jan. 4, but remains significantly higher than it was in summer and early fall of 2020.

The positivity rate is often read by public health officials as a measure of overall testing levels. A high rate could indicate that testing in the state is limited, and skewed toward those already flagged as potentially having COVID-19. A lower rate could indicate testing is more widespread. Changes in the test positivity rate can also speak to COVID-19’s spread, if the size and makeup of the testing pool stays consistent.

DHS also tracks the percentage of tests that are positive, instead of the percentage of people who get a positive result. The metric takes into account people who have been tested multiple times. The seven-day average for that number is 9.7 percent.

On Dec. 29, DHS officials began sharing vaccine data information, which will be updated every Tuesday. According to a DHS news release, the vaccine data includes “summary metrics for allocation, shipment and total vaccine administered, as well as a graph displaying the number of vaccinations administered per day.”

According to the DHS, 607,650 doses of the vaccine has been allocated across Wisconsin as of Tuesday, an increase of 187,450 from the last update. Currently, 163,371 doses of the vaccines have been administered while 373,100 have been shipped. Of the two vaccines approved for use, 104,806 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered while 58,564 doses are the Moderna vaccine.

A graph showing the daily number of vaccinations across the state saw a steady increase in doses administered over the first full week of 2021. Preliminary data shows a decrease in the number of vaccinations since Jan. 8.

According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association, there were 1,017 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Monday. A total of 22,583 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.4 percent of all positive cases.

The latest figures bring the overall total of positive cases in Wisconsin to 511,136, according to DHS. A total of 5,211 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19.

COVID-19 activity varies from county to county. The latest activity data from DHS, released Wednesday, showed Menominee County with a “critically high” level of COVID-19 activity, while 61 counties were listed as having a “very high” level of activity. Ten counties had a “high” level of activity. The number of Wisconsin counties at a “critically high” level of COVID-19 activity has been on the decline. Wisconsin’s overall level is “very high.”

COVID-19 activity designations are based on the number of new cases per a county’s population over a 14-day period, as well as whether there’s an upward or downward trend in new cases.

As of Wednesday, all seven of Wisconsin’s regions had “very high” levels of activity and were listed as “growing” in activity, according to DHS.

Wisconsin’s daily testing capacity — based on the availability of test supplies and adequate staffing — has grown from 120 available lab tests in early March to 59,245 as of Tuesday. The number of actual people with new test results reported Tuesday was 6,636.

A total of 2,920,716 people have been tested over the course of the pandemic. Of those, 2,409,580 have tested negative.