7-day COVID case average hits 1K as Wisconsin records highest single-day case total since early February

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (pink) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (green), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

MADISON, Wis. — The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin has hit 1,000, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health Services.

While the average hasn’t topped the surge of last fall, the emergence of the more contagious delta variant has put an end to the gradual decline seen in the first half of summer. Wisconsin has had a noticeable spike in new cases within the past month, as the seven-day average on July 5 was 60.

Health officials confirmed 1,573 new cases of the virus Thursday, which is the highest single-day total since Feb. 7.

All but one of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have been labelled with “high” activity levels for disease spread, with Milwaukee County being designated with a “very high” activity level. The state has reached an all-time total of 626,880 confirmed cases.

As of Thursday, the positive percentage of new COVID tests has stayed roughly the same at 7.6%.

The seven-day average of new deaths has remained at one, with three more deaths recorded Thursday. The statewide death toll since the start of the pandemic has amassed 7,453.

The DHS said 52.4% of Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of the shot, while 49.6% have completed the vaccine series. More than 5.8 million doses have been administered throughout the state since December.

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