Wisconsin records highest single-day COVID death total since February

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says Monday was the deadliest day for COVID-19 in the state in more than half a year.

The state recorded 21 new COVID-related deaths on Monday, the most since 21 deaths were also recorded on February 23rd. Wisconsin has also seen its 7-day average for COVID deaths rise to 8 per day, also the highest levels the state has seen since late February.

Wisconsin also recorded 2,170 new cases of COVID-19 in the last day, the highest single-day total since January 14th, when 2,253 new cases were reported.

Those new cases push the state’s 7-day average to 1,369 new cases per day, the highest since the 7-day average was 1,444 cases per day on January 27th.

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The rising death numbers and hospitalizations have health officials once again urging people to get vaccinated as the Delta variant continues to spread quickly in the state. State numbers show the vaccine largely prevents people from being hospitalized with or dying from COVID-19, with the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths coming among people who are unvaccinated.

“We’re all so tired of this pandemic, but it’s taken its shot at us once again,” UW Health chief quality officer Dr. Jeff Pothof said on News 3 Now Live at Four. “Increased cases, increased hospitalizations, and starting to see that ultimate outcome, which is deaths. So if you’re not vaccinated, we’ve got to get you vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, maybe take your mask with you when you’re out and about, just do those things until we can get this Delta surge under control.”

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Hospitals in Wisconsin are also once again being stressed. The latest data from DHS shows 87.8% of hospital beds across the state are currently in use, and 47% of the state’s hospitals are at their peak ICU capacity.

As of last week, 619 people across the state were hospitalized with COVID symptoms and 185 people were in the ICU. That’s the highest number of people in the hospital since the first week of February and the highest number of people the ICU since January 24th.