149 more hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wisconsin, nearly 50 new deaths confirmed

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MADISON, Wis. — More than 100 Wisconsinites have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the state Department of Health Services.

DHS officials said 149 people were hospitalized since Monday afternoon. With nearly 11,000 hospital beds across the state, 20% are available for new patients. At least 5,297* have died of coronavirus complications since the start of the pandemic, with 47 new deaths confirmed.

The seven-day positivity rate for new tests by person went down by nearly 1 percentage point to 28.8%, while the seven-day equivalent for total tests by day also slightly decreased to 9.7%.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, health officials have administered the COVID-19 vaccine to 163,371 Wisconsinites.

State and county health officials recorded 2,870* new cases of the virus, which more than doubles Monday’s count. Tuesday’s numbers are also above the seven-day rolling average of 2,827. The state has reached an all-time total of 511,415* confirmed cases, and more than 28,000 of those are active.

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*News 3 Now uses data from DHS and county dashboards to calculate daily cases and deaths. DHS posts new numbers daily at 2 p.m., and our newsroom continues to update our totals throughout the day with additional cases that individual counties report. By using a combination of state and county data, News 3 Now is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date COVID-19 coverage.