Nearly 5 Percent Of Wisconsin’s 12- To 15-Year-Olds Have Completed Their COVID-19 Vaccine Series

DHS Reports 65 New COVID-19 Cases As Spread Continues To Decline

A COVID-19 vaccine information sign is seen outside of Walgreens
A COVID-19 vaccine information sign is seen outside of Walgreens store in Skokie, Ill., Saturday, May 22, 2021. Illinois public health officials on Saturday reported 59,314 tested in the previous 24 hours, and the seven-day statewide positivity rate as a percent of total test is 2.3 percent. Nam Y. Huh/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 65 new cases of the disease Monday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 133 daily cases. Daily new cases have been falling since mid-April, when the average was more than 800. It’s typical for DHS to report fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases on Mondays, with labs usually posting fewer test results the day before.

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

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A total of 5,260,696 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Monday, with 79.7 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up having completed the vaccination series. According to DHS, 22 percent of the state’s 12- to 15-year-olds have had their first doses of vaccine and 4.8 percent have received their second. That age group became eligible May 13.

As of Monday, 2,504,163 people in Wisconsin, or 43 percent of the population, have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second Pfizer or Moderna dose or two weeks after Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Increasing rates of vaccination have provided a sense of hope after a yearlong pandemic that has claimed the lives of 7,161 people in Wisconsin. There were no new deaths from COVID-19 reported Monday.

Other DHS data from Monday include:

  • 611,000 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 185 people were in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Friday, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
  • Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though preliminary statistics show 3,952 tests reported Monday.

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 “very high,” “high,” “medium,” to “low.”

As of Wednesday, DHS data showed the state had no counties with a “very high” level, while the majority of Wisconsin counties had “high” levels of activity. There were growing case trajectories in one county and shrinking trajectories in 12. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “medium.”

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