New reports of COVID-19 cases are declining slightly in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.
DHS reported 732 new cases of the disease Thursday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 641 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 809 daily cases.
There were 5,164 negative tests reported Thursday.
As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continue to decline, more of the state's residents are being vaccinated against the disease.
A total of 4,057,602 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Thursday, with 73.1 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.
As of Thursday, 1,729,140 people in Wisconsin, or 29.7 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.
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Increasing rates of vaccination have provided a sense of hope after a yearlong pandemic that has claimed the lives of 6,725 people in Wisconsin. There were four new deaths from COVID-19 reported Thursday.
Other DHS data from Thursday include:
- 592,994 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
- 3,409,228 total tests administered, 2,816,234 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
- 28,817 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.9 percent of all positive cases, since the pandemic began.
- Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though only 5,896 new test results were reported Thursday.
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 three counties — Burnett, Polk and St. Croix — with a "very high" level, while the majority of Wisconsin counties had "high" levels of activity. There were growing case trajectories in two counties. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is "high."
For more about COVID-19, visit Coronavirus in Wisconsin.