New COVID-19 case rates fall to 7-day average of 134 in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (WEAU, WBAY, WMTV) - The seven-day average for positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin fell from 151 to 134 Thursday, according to the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services.
The drop in average cases continues a trend of generally falling case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths as vaccination rates continue to move higher across the state.
In other coronavirus news, the United States will purchase 500 million Pfizer vaccines to distribute globally, while a new COVID-19 variant is causing concern for health officials in the country.
Overall in the state, 48.7% of people have received at least their first dose and 43.4% have completed their vaccine series.
At its current pace, Wisconsin could reach 50% of its population having at least the first dose in the next two weeks, but that may be optimistic since the pace has been on the decline. Nationally, President Biden’s stated goal is 70% of Americans vaccinated by the 4th of July, which looks increasingly unlikely.
Eau Claire and La Crosse counties are pacing slightly ahead of the statewide average for COVID-19 vaccinations completed. La Crosse and Trempealeau counties have seen over half of their residents receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 CASE DATA
To date, the coronavirus was confirmed in 611,274 people in Wisconsin. That’s just 106 more than Tuesday. The DHS calculates the rolling 7-day average of new cases tumbled from 151 to 134 cases per day. Wisconsin’s death toll from COVID-19 rose 11 to 7,189. The DHS says only 4 of those deaths were recent, but there were enough to bump up the 7-day average to 4 deaths per day. The death rate rose to 1.18% of all cases proving fatal.
Hospitalizations remain low, with 45 people admitted for COVID-19 in the past 24-hour period. The 7-day average is down to 42 people hospitalized per day.
Wednesday, the Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 158 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment, down from 170 a day ago. Fifty-nine of them are in intensive care, 3 fewer than a day ago.
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY CASE DATA
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