MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin number of coronavirus cases reached a level not seen since winter on Monday, when the highly contagious delta virus variant gave rise to a new wave of cases.
The Department of Health Services reported that the seven-day average for new cases reached 1,201 — the first time, the average rose above 1,200 since early February. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has risen by 88%, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. Health officials also reported three more deaths, bringing the total to 8,324 confirmed and likely deaths due to COVID019.
Almost all hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 now come from people who have not been vaccinated, and officials are pushing vaccination as the best tool against the virus. The state offered on-site vaccinations at the state fair last week, leading to 608 vaccine doses being administered. About 53% of the state’s total population is fully vaccinated.
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“As the Delta variant spreads throughout our state, getting shot in the arms is the best way to keep each other and our communities safe,” Governor Tony Evers said in a statement.