7-day positivity rate declines, over 150K COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. — The positive percentage of new COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin has dropped Monday, according to new data from the state Department of Health Services.

The seven-day average positivity rate went down slightly to 29.7%, while the seven-day equivalent for total tests by day saw a minor decrease to 10%.

As of Monday afternoon, DHS officials said more than 150,000 vaccine doses have been administered throughout Wisconsin. The vast majority of people who have received the vaccine are frontline health care workers and residents in long term care facilities, as Gov. Tony Evers said the general public likely won’t be vaccinated until June.

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State and county health officials recorded 1,434* new cases of the virus, which is less than half compared to the seven-day rolling average of 2,915. The state has reached a lifetime total of 508,545* confirmed cases, and more than 28,000 of those cases remain active.

Nine more people have died of coronavirus complications, bringing the statewide death toll to 5,250*. An additional 56 have been hospitalized since Sunday afternoon. DHS officials said 21% of the state’s nearly 11,000 hospital beds remain available for new patients.

Dane County leaders issued another public health order Monday which loosens outdoor gathering limits.

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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.