Wisconsin Has Administered More Than 3M Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine

706 New Cases, 7 New Deaths Reported Saturday

A man gets a Covid vaccine
Scott Mizzen of Milwaukee holds hands with his son, Harrison, as he receives a COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Hayat Pharmacy in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

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

DHS reported 706 new cases of the disease Saturday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 567 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 472 daily cases.

There were 3,605 negative tests reported Saturday.

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

A total of 3,043,564 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Saturday, with 62.7 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Saturday, 1,149,956 people in Wisconsin, or 19.8 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 6,640 people in Wisconsin. There were seven new deaths from COVID-19 reported Saturday.

Other DHS data from Saturday include:

  • 579,293 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,322,680 total tests administered, 2,743,387 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 27,739 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.8 percent of all positive cases, since the pandemic began.
  • Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though only 4,311 new test results were reported Saturday.

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

As of Wednesday, DHS data showed the state had no counties with “critically high” or “very high” levels of COVID-19 activity. The majority of Wisconsin counties have “high” levels of activity. There were growing case trajectories in eight counties, and shrinking trajectories in four. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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