New reports of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin are at the lowest they have been since last June, based on the latest data published by the state Department of Health Services.
DHS reported 178 new cases of the disease Monday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 371 daily cases. Daily new cases have been falling since Jan. 9, when the average was 2,996. 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 1,876 negative tests reported Monday.
As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continue to decline, more of the state's residents are being vaccinated against the disease.
A total of 1,713,382 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Monday, with 61.7 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up receiving at least one dose of the vaccine so far.
DHS reported 1,072,650 Wisconsin residents had received at least one dose, representing 18.4 percent of the state population. As of Monday, 603,600 people in Wisconsin, or 10.4 percent of the population, have received both shots, completing the vaccination series.
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Increasing rates of vaccination have provided a sense of hope after a yearlong pandemic that has claimed the lives of 6,481 people in Wisconsin. There were no new deaths from COVID-19 reported Monday.
Other DHS data from Monday include:
- 566,871 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
- 3,216,611 total tests administered, 2,649,740 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
- 26,484 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 2,054 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 a "critically high" level of COVID-19 activity. Two counties — Green and Iron — had a "very high" level of activity; 56 counties had a "high" level of activity; 10 counties had a "medium" level; and four had a "low" level Wisconsin's overall COVID-19 activity level is "high."
For more about COVID-19, visit Coronavirus in Wisconsin.