A Third Of Wisconsinites Are Vaccinated Against COVID-19

State Averaging 623 New Cases Of COVID-19 Per Day

A barber in a face mask ties a smock onto a client in his chair.
Tony Small, right, the owner of Gentz Barbershop, prepares to cut a client’s hair Friday, April 16, 2021, at his business in River Falls, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

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

DHS reported 806 new cases of the disease Thursday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 623 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 641 daily cases.

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There were 4,739 negative tests reported Thursday.

As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin hover around 600 average new cases a day, more of the state’s residents are being vaccinated against the disease.

A total of 4,363,653 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Thursday, with 74.8 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Thursday, 1,929,913 people in Wisconsin, or 33.1 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

Increasing rates of vaccination have provided a sense of hope after a yearlong pandemic that has claimed the lives of 6,815 people in Wisconsin. There were eight new deaths from COVID-19 reported Thursday.

Other DHS data from Thursday include:

  • 597,358 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,440,201 total tests administered, 2,842,843 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 29,255 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.9 percent of all positive cases, since the pandemic began.
  • Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though only 5,545 new test results were reported Thursday.

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 five counties, all in northwest Wisconsin, with a “very high” level, while the majority of Wisconsin counties had “high” levels of activity. There were growing case trajectories in three counties. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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