1 in 5 Wisconsinites fully vaccinated as number of new COVID cases jumps
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin has seen a sharp rise in new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health Services.
Health officials reported 886 new cases of the virus, which nearly triples Monday’s case count. The seven-day rolling average has also increased to 634.
The state has reached an all-time total of 581,070 confirmed cases, and more than 7,500 of those are active. Although case counts have climbed Tuesday, the vaccine rollout continues to expand in Wisconsin.
Gov. Tony Evers announced the Alliant Energy Center will receive federal support to broaden its mass vaccination site. The site will be able to vaccinate as many as 1,400 people per day.
Over 3.1 million doses of the vaccine have been administered throughout Wisconsin to date, including 29,310 in the past day.
More than 33% have received at least one dose, which consists of 1,944,054 residents. The DHS said 20.4% have been fully vaccinated, or 1,185,478 Wisconsinites. One-quarter of Dane County residents have finished the vaccine series.
The positivity rate has continued to creep upward, as the seven-day average percent positive by test went up slightly to 3.5%.
At least 6,648 have died of coronavirus complications, with eight new deaths confirmed Tuesday. An additional 72 people have been hospitalized within the past 24 hours, which more than doubles Monday’s hospitalization count.
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