Twenty months and a few days into the pandemic, Wisconsin surpassed 750,000 confirmed coronavirus cases over the weekend and 40,000 hospitalizations for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the state failed to “move the needle” over the weekend in terms of people getting their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which stands at 57.1% of the total population, the same percentage as Friday.
Wisconsin averaged 2,499 new coronavirus cases a day over the past week. That rolling average is down slightly from Friday and from a week ago. Numbers from the Department of Health Services (DHS) show a net increase of 5,181 new cases over the weekend, including 1,201 cases identified in the latest batch of test results. The DHS says 8.7% of all tests in the last 7-day period were positive for the COVID-19 virus.