Seven-Day Average Of COVID-19 Cases Remains Steady Around 630

With Low Weekend Testing, 464 New Cases Of The Disease Reported Sunday

A girl wears a Marquette hat while walking in front of an elevated walkway on the campus. Snow is on the ground.
Students walk around the Marquette University campus Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

New reports of COVID-19 cases holding steady in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.

DHS reported 464 new cases of the disease Sunday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 626 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 635 daily cases.

There were no new deaths from COVID-19 reported Sunday. On Sunday, 3,298 tested negative.

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Of the tests for COVID-19 conducted over the past week, 2.2 percent were positive for the disease, according to DHS. That rate has been on the decline, and 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, 1,625,875 doses of coronavirus vaccine have been allocated to Wisconsin by the federal government as of Tuesday, an increase of 473,850 from a week ago. A total of 1,387,594 doses have been administered in Wisconsin as of Saturday, with 52.7 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up receiving at least one dose of the vaccine so far. DHS reported that 888,684 Wisconsin residents had received at least one dose, representing 15.3 percent of the state population. As of Friday, 469,944 people in Wisconsin, or 8.1 percent of the population, have received both shots, completing the vaccination series.

According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association, there were 304 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Saturday. A total of 26,127 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.6 percent of all positive cases.

The latest figures bring the overall total of positive cases in Wisconsin to 563,960, according to DHS. A total of 6,412 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. Four counties were listed as having a “very high” level of activity, 66 counties had a “high” level of activity, and two, Rusk and Bayfield counties, had a “medium” level. The number of Wisconsin counties at a “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 “no significant change” or “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 Sunday. The number of actual people with new test results reported Sunday was 3,762.

Throughout the course of the pandemic, 3,190,756 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Wisconsin. Of those, 2,626,796 tests have been negative.