More Wisconsin counties hit critical levels of COVID-19 ahead of the holiday weekend


MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – New data from the Department of Health Services shows more counties moved to the state’s highest level of COVID-19 disease activity on Wednesday.

EDS” COVID-19 Dashboard says 30 counties are listed as having extremely high levels of COVID-19 disease activity. This is almost double what was reported last week.

Much of northern Wisconsin has extremely high disease activity levels, but more south-central counties have also moved to critical levels. This includes Dodge and Green counties.

Last week Marquette and Juneau counties were both at extremely high levels. Marquette has dropped to very high levels of disease activity, but Juneau still remains at extremely high levels.

The state’s caseload soared this week from last year, reaching 869.2 cases per 100,000. As of last week, it was 767 per 100,000.

Data on the activity level of cases comes as new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed by DHS on Wednesday. There have been 3,589 cases added to the dashboard, bringing the seven-day moving average for new cases down slightly to 3,148.

There have been 859,711 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

Note from health officials that 29 people died on Wednesday, approaching the cumulative death toll from the virus in the state of nearly 9,000. There have been 8,944 deaths from COVID-19, in total.

About 58.8% of Wisconsinians have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine and 55.9% completed their vaccination series.

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