More Than 200K Wisconsinites Have Received Both COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

DHS Reports 11 New Deaths As New Cases Continue To Decline

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A man wearing mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 is reflected next to a sign requiring face coverings at a business in San Antonio, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in San Antonio. Eric Gay/AP Photo

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 938 new cases of the disease Friday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 832 daily cases. Daily new cases have been declining since early January, when the average was about 3,000.

There were 11 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Friday. On Friday, 4,607 tested negative.

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Of the tests for COVID-19 conducted over the past week, 3.4 percent were positive for the disease, according to DHS. That rate has been declining since early January. The rate takes into account people who have been tested multiple times.

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.

According to DHS, 1,152,025 doses of coronavirus vaccine have been allocated to Wisconsin by the federal government as of Tuesday, an increase of 165,750 from a week ago. On Friday, DHS reported that 669,936 Wisconsin residents had received at least one dose, representing 11.5 percent of the state population. As of Friday, 213,571 people have received both shots in Wisconsin, completing the vaccination series.

According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association, there were 489 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Thursday. A total of 25,197 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.5 percent of all positive cases.

The latest figures bring the overall total of positive cases in Wisconsin to 554,048, according to DHS. A total of 6,151 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 the state had no counties with a “critically high” level of COVID-19 activity. Nine counties were listed as having a “very high” level of activity and 63 counties had a “high” level of activity. The number of Wisconsin counties at a “critically high” and “very high” level of COVID-19 activity has been decreasing. Wisconsin’s overall level is “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 of Wisconsin’s seven regions were listed as “high” and were seeing “shrinking” levels of COVID-19 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 59,273 as of Friday. The number of actual people with new test results reported Friday was 5,545.

Throughout the course of the pandemic, 3,111,136 COVID-19 tests have been administered. Of those, 2,557,088 tests have been negative.