Seven-day average COVID-19 cases drops below 300
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 cases has fallen below 300 for the first time since last June, health officials report Thursday.
The seven-day rolling average reached 285 cases Thursday as 282 new COVID-19 cases were recorded, according to the Department of Health Services. The last time the rolling average fell below 300 was on June 20, 2020 when it was at 293 cases.
More than 609,000 people have been infected with the virus since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials noted new cases of COVID-19 variants on Thursday, with more than 2,600 cases of the variant first detected in the United Kingdom now reported. Health officials confirmed 2,661 cases of that variant, up by 719 cases from last week.
There were 50 cases reported of the variant first found in South Africa, which is seven more than last week, as well as 623 cases of the variants first found in California, which is 45 more than last week. Finally, health officials discovered 181 cases of the variant first found in travelers from Brazil, which is 73 more than last week.
The strain originally detected in the UK continues to be the most prevalent of the variants in south central Wisconsin, at 9.7% of cases detected coming up as this variant.
The state’s COVID-19 dashboard also indicates two people have died Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths ever reported up to 7,040.
DHS updated its COVID-19 dashboard with new visualizations and metrics, noting COVID-19 data will only be published now Monday through Friday.
Wisconsin nears 5 million COVID-19 vaccines administered to residents
The state is nearing closer to reaching its five-millionth COVID-19 vaccine administered to Wisconsin residents, DHS’ COVID-19 dashboard indicates.
There have been 4.9 million doses administered to date, with fewer than 9,000 more needed to reach this threshold. So far this week, 52,544 doses have been given out to residents.
More than 47% of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 41% have completed their vaccine series.
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