New DHS data breaks down differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated

MADISON, Wis. — State health officials are now breaking down the difference in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths between vaccinated and unvaccinated Wisconsinites.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services launched a new data page Thursday which shows the rate of new infections and in Wisconsin is much higher among those unvaccinated.

DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said the state’s recent hike in cases is “being largely driven by the Delta variant, and the overwhelming majority of people who are contracting COVID have not been fully vaccinated.”

“The COVID-19 vaccines are still doing their job by stopping the spread of many new infections, and by preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death,” Timberlake said.

The new data includes a visualization that shows the rate of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths per 100,000 people among people who are fully vaccinated and people who aren’t. The data is broken down by month, starting in February of this year.

The data shows that breakthrough cases more than doubled from February to July, but the delta variant was still much more contagious for unvaccinated people. Unvaccinated people were nearly three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 in July.