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9 in 10 Wisconsin hospital beds full, highest yet recorded during COVID-19

The average number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is currently just under half of what it was when COVID-19 hospitalizations were at their peak.
Public Health Madison Dane County shared that over the last month daily cases are in a steady...
Public Health Madison Dane County shared that over the last month daily cases are in a steady decline.(NBC)
Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 3:28 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Hospital beds in Wisconsin are filled up to the highest level they’ve been at Thursday than has ever been reported on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

On Thursday, the Department of Health Services’ data show 90.6% of hospital beds are in use. About 93.3% of ICU beds across the state are currently occupied.

The dashboard does note though that the average number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is currently just under half of what it was when COVID-19 hospitalizations were at their peak.

The average number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Wisconsin is currently at 1,048, but it was at 2,155 in mid-November. Around 87.4% of hospital beds were occupied during that time, meaning hospitals are more full now than they were at COVID-19′s peak here.

COVID-19 cases reached near record-setting levels Thursday. It’s the second day in a row Thursday where daily COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have exceeded 3,000.

State health officials confirmed 3,436 new cases Thursday, just two fewer than what was reported the day before.

The seven-day average however jumped up significantly, crossing the 2,000 threshold. That metric is now at 2,110, which is the first time its crossed into the 2,000 range since mid-January.

DSH notes 690,537 people have been infected with the virus since the start of the pandemic.

Fifteen people have died of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 vaccinations increase in Dane Co.

Dane County health officials noted Thursday that COVID-19 vaccinations have increased over the past seven weeks.

Public Health Madison and Dane County posted on Twitter that the average number of COVID-19 vaccinations per day has grown by 39%, from an average of 480 doses per day to 668 per day.

In Dane County, just over 73% of people have received at least their first dose and over 70% have completed their vaccine series. In the state as a whole, 56% of residents have gotten their first shot and 52.7% have completed their series.

So far this week, DHS reports 26,818 vaccines have been administered to Wisconsinites.

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