Wisconsin Surpasses 2M Vaccine Doses Administered

Weekly Average Of Cases Slightly Higher Than Last Week

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A blue sign is seen in the front of the museum begins with "While in the galleries..." and then explains COVID-19 safety rules.
A sign instructs Milwaukee Art Museum guests on safety protocols Friday, March 5, 2021. The museum re-opened for the first time in months after being shut down due to COVID-19. Angela Major/WPR

New reports of COVID-19 cases are slightly higher than they were last week in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.

DHS reported 294 new cases of the disease Monday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 437 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 372 daily cases. It’s typical for DHS to report fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases Mondays, with labs usually posting fewer test results the day before.

There were 1,995 negative tests reported Monday.

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As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continue an overall decline from where cases were in January, more of the state’s residents are being vaccinated against the disease.

A total of 2,015,127 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Monday, with 40 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Monday, 709,806 people in Wisconsin, or 12.3 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 6,536 people in Wisconsin. There were no new deaths from COVID-19 reported Monday.

Other DHS data from Monday include:

  • 569,932 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,241,481 total tests administered, 2,671,549 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 26,821 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.7 percent of all positive cases, since the pandemic began.
  • Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though only 2,289 new test results were reported Monday.

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 are growing case trajectories in Waupaca, Marinette, Wood, Douglas, Waushara, Juneau and Iowa counties. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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

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