Unvaccinated Wisconsinites more than 10.5 times more likely to die from COVID, latest data shows

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MADISON, Wis. — Unvaccinated people in Wisconsin are nearly 4 times more likely to get COVID-19 and more than 10.5 times more likely to die from it, according to the latest data collected by the state’s Department of Health Services.

In an update published September 15th, DHS says in August there were 1,413.7 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 unvaccinated people, compared to 360.7 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 vaccinated people.

There were 98.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 unvaccinated people in August, compared to just 11.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 vaccinated people in August.

The biggest disparity was seen in deaths between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. August’s data showed 11.7 deaths per 100,000 unvaccinated people, compared to just 1.1 deaths per 100,000 vaccinated people.

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While the delta variant of the coronavirus has led to more breakthrough cases among vaccinated people, the data supports health officials’ pleas to the unvaccinated to get the shot to greatly reduce their risk of being hospitalized or dying from the virus.

DHS doesn’t post data for the previous month until halfway through the month to account for the 2-week lag in receiving data and to ensure a complete set of data is presented for the previous month.