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WI on pace to have 2 million COVID-19 vaccinated residents

Wisconsin on pace to have 2 million COVID-19 vaccinated residents
Wednesday’s report was 12,323 shy of the milestone, and the state is averaging 32,645 shots a day

By WBAY news staff
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 2:07 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin will cross an important threshold of getting “shots in the arm” of COVID-19 vaccine to 2 million residents Thursday — if it hasn’t met that milestone already. The Department of Health Services reports 1,987,677 state residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine That’s less than 13,000 residents shy of the milestone when the state is averaging 32,645 shots per day for people who live in Wisconsin, with its estimated population of almost 6 million people. These numbers may be a day or two behind as vaccinators’ reports are still coming in.

According to Wednesday’s DHS report, vaccinators administered 3,195,625 shots of COVID-19 vaccines to residents and non-residents, such as people who live near the state line or work in Wisconsin. That’s an increase of 75,256 doses since Tuesday. By our calculations, the state’s 7-day average is 55,310 doses per day.

Looking at only Wisconsin residents, 43,623 more people received the vaccine since Tuesday’s report.

A total 1,227,807 state residents have completed their vaccination regimen, either receiving two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. That’s 42,329 more people since Tuesday, with the state averaging 25,238 people finishing their vaccinations every day for the past 7 days.

This positive news comes at a time when Wisconsin and the nation are seeing another rise in the spread of the coronavirus and health officials are asking people to keep their guard up. The 7-day average of new cases climbed to 657 a day by our calculations Wednesday after the state reported 727 new positive tests. While not close the rates we saw in January, it’s the eighth time in 10 days the daily cases were over 500 after hitting months-long lows early last month. The new cases were spread across 63 counties.

The 7-day average for the positivity rate rose again and is now at 3.7%, up from 3.5% on Tuesday. The state is gauging the spread of the COVID-19 virus by the positivity rate looking at all tests, including people tested multiple times.

Wisconsin now has 581,797 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Active cases represent 1.3% of all coronavirus cases since February 5, 2020. There are 7,715 people in the state who were diagnosed in the past 30 days. The percentage of recovered cases fell from 97.6% to 97.5%, or 567,185 people. The death rate is holding steady at 1.14% after falling from 1.15% over the weekend; this is due in part to new cases outpacing fatal ones.

The DHS reported 5 more deaths, bringing the toll to 6,653. The deaths were in Jefferson, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Milwaukee and Washington counties.

Since December 13, 2020, more than 1 in 3 people in Wisconsin (34.1%) received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 1 in 5 (21.1%) are fully vaccinated, including 65.2% of senior adults, which is probably helping to keep the death count low.

Vaccinations by percentage of age group:

16-17: 7.9% vaccinated/1.2% completed

18-24: 19.6% vaccinated/8.7% completed

25-34: 27.5% vaccinated/14.2% completed

35-44: 34.4% vaccinated/17.5% completed

45-54: 36.1% vaccinated/17.8% completed

55-64: 45.9% vaccinated/19.2% completed

65+: 77.1% vaccinated/65.2% completed

Brad Conrad