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Fourth highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Wis. reported

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 2:24 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - On the same day the CDC announced that COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in 2020, Wisconsin’s top health agency reported the fourth highest number of deaths in one day.

The Department of Health Services’ daily COVID-19 dashboard shows that there were 95 new deaths Tuesday from COVID-19.

This brings the total number of Wisconsinites who have died from the virus to 4,979.

More than 350,000 people died from COVID-19 in the United States last year, making it likely the third leading cause of death for 2020. Only heart disease and cancer are suspected of killing more people last year.

DHS reported 3,403 new positive COVID-19 cases out of the over 8,200 tests conducted. The seven-day rolling average for new positive cases has been on the rise since Dec. 27 and now sits at 2,400. DHS has repeatedly told residents to look at the seven-day average as numbers fluctuate.

The department also updated their vaccine data page Tuesday. So far, 85,609 vaccines have been administered to Wisconsinites across the state.

There have been 420,2000 vaccines allocated and 266,675 shipped out, DHS posted. Through the pharmacy partnership project, DHS says that 56,900 of the vaccines went to skilled nursing facilities and 50,000 have gone to assisted living facilities.

Of the vaccines that have been administered, 64,674 have been Pfizer and 20,935 have been Moderna.

There were also 216 people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Thursday, DHS reported.

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