Wisconsin Nearing 1M Residents Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Disease Activity Still High, Averaging Around 470 Daily Cases

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An employee with the McKesson Corporation places a packing container of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine into a transport container to forward it to packing at their shipping facility in in Shepherdsville, Ky., Monday, March 1, 2021. Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

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 428 new cases of the disease Sunday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 473 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 399 daily cases.

There were 3,492 negative tests reported Sunday.

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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 2,705,527 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Sunday, with 56.3 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Sunday, 995,419 people in Wisconsin, or 17 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 6,598 people in Wisconsin. There were no new deaths from COVID-19 reported Sunday.

Other DHS data from Sunday include:

  • 585,748 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,285,096 total tests administered, 2,709,348 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 27,433 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 3,920 new test results were reported Sunday.

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 Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Rock, Waupaca and Washington counties. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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