Wisconsin COVID-19 Cases Continue To Decline, Though Vaccinations Are Slowing As Well

Vaccination Rate Still Under 50 Percent

Middle school student Elise Robinson receives her first coronavirus vaccination
Middle school student Elise Robinson receives her first coronavirus vaccination on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group. Ron Harris/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 150 new cases of the disease Wednesday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 129 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 145 daily cases. New cases for Thursday were not reported at the time of publication.

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 5,311,682 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Thursday, with 79.9 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up having completed the vaccination series. According to DHS, 23.3 percent of the state’s 12- to 15-year-olds have had their first doses of vaccine and 8.9 percent have received their second. That age group became eligible May 13.

As of Thursday, 2,538,120 people in Wisconsin, or 43.6 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 7,200 people in Wisconsin. There were three new deaths from COVID-19 reported for Wednesday, according to DHS.

Other DHS data include:

  • 611,410 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began as of Wednesday.
  • 158 people were in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
  • Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though preliminary statistics show 11,601 people were tested Wednesday.

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 “medium” levels of activity. There were growing case trajectories in one county and shrinking trajectories in four. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “medium.”

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