27 Percent Of Wisconsinites Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Daily Case 7-Day Average Sits At 743 As Of Saturday

A sign reading "COVID VACCINE"
People wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccination Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Hayat Pharmacy in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

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 727 new cases of the disease Saturday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 743 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 778 daily cases.

There were 3,756 negative tests reported Saturday.

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As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin are recently declining, more of the state’s residents are being vaccinated against the disease.

A total of 3,807,771 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Saturday, with 71.5 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up fully vaccinated.

As of Saturday, 1,569,321 people in Wisconsin, or 27 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 6,711 people in Wisconsin. There were eight new deaths from COVID-19 reported Saturday.

Other DHS data from Saturday include:

  • 589,940 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,386,403 total tests administered, 2,796,463 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 28,523 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 4,483 new test results were reported Saturday.

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. One county — St. Croix — has a “very high” level, and the majority of Wisconsin counties have “high” levels of activity. There were growing case trajectories in 15 counties, and shrinking trajectories in two. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

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