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40% of WI residents have received COVID-19 vaccine

40% of Wisconsin residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine, state lowers death toll
State health officials say Wisconsin has now moved past the 590,000 total case threshold

By WBAY news staff
Published: Apr. 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports four out of every 10 residents in Wisconsin have received a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Sunday, the DHS reports 40.2% of the state’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, which equals 2,339,142 people. That’s an increase of 28,085 people from Saturday’s report.

Meanwhile, the state says another 34,474 residents completed their vaccine series, bringing Wisconsin’s percentage of fully vaccinated people to 27.5%, or 1,603,795 residents.

So far, the DHS reports a total of 3,870,751 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin. This comes on the same day the Centers for Disease Control announced that half of all adults in the United States have received at least one COVID-19 shot. Federal officials say almost 130 million people who are 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, which equals about 50.4% of the total adult population.

Vaccinations by percentage of age group, as of Sunday:

16-17: 18.9% have received a dose/3.3% completed
18-24: 28.3% have received a dose/14.3% completed
25-34: 35.2% have received a dose/20.7% completed
35-44: 42.8% have received a dose/25.9% completed
45-54: 45.1% have received a dose/26.7% completed
55-64: 55.8% have received a dose/31.8% completed
65+: 79.5% have received a dose/71.9% completed

Meanwhile, the DHS revised the state’s death toll by two, lowering it to 6,709 Sunday. State officials revised the death toll in Sawyer and Washington Counties, lowering each by one. The 6,709 deaths continue to make up 1.14% of all confirmed cases in Wisconsin. Although the state lowered the death toll, it wasn’t enough to move Wisconsin’s seven day death average, which held steady from Saturday at five deaths per day.

The revision comes as the state crosses the 590,000 cumulative case total since February 5 of 2020. The agency reports another 518 new coronavirus cases were confirmed Sunday. New cases were reported in 43 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The state also revised case counts in seven other counties (Walworth, Vilas, Sheboygan, Shawano, Richland, Jefferson and Iowa).

According to the DHS, the new cases are out of 4,507 results from people testing positive or being tested for the first time, or 11.49% of those results. The 7-day average for the positivity rate, which includes those who have had more than one test done, dropped to 3.5% after holding steady at 3.6% for two straight days.

Wisconsin has now seen a cumulative total of 590,458 confirmed coronavirus cases, and is on pace to reach a milestone 600,000 confirmed cases in the next two weeks if the spread of the disease doesn’t slow.

The state is averaging 736 new cases per day for the past week. After increasing to 823 on April 14, it has declined daily. The state’s percentage of active cases — people diagnosed in the past 30 days who aren’t medically cleared – dropped to 1.5%.

The number of hospitalizations in the past 24 hours is well below average, with 34 patients admitted for COVID-19. The 7-day hospital admission average increased to 60 after holding steady at 58 the past two days.

Brad Conrad