New reports of COVID-19 cases are averaging at less than 150 cases per day in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.
DHS reported 185 new cases of the disease Thursday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 149 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 263 daily cases.
As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continue to decline, more of the state's residents are being vaccinated against the disease.
A total of 5,193,643 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Thursday, with 79.3 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up having completed the vaccination series. According to DHS, 20.2 percent of the state's 12- to 15-year-olds have had their first doses of vaccine and 0.2 percent have received their second. That age group became eligible May 13.
As of Wednesday, 2,462,345 people in Wisconsin, or 42.3 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.
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Increasing rates of vaccination have provided a sense of hope after a yearlong pandemic that has claimed the lives of 7,129 people in Wisconsin. There were 10 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Thursday.
Other DHS data from Thursday include:
- 610,565 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
- 184 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 10,507 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 "high" levels of activity. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is "medium."
For more about COVID-19, visit Coronavirus in Wisconsin.