After plateauing at the start of the month, Wisconsin’s seven-day average for daily confirmed cases is rising.
After reporting 537 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, the seven-day average rose to the highest it’s been in nearly three weeks — 459 cases per day. This is the highest since March 5, when the state reported 478 cases per day on average, according to the Department of Health Services.
“We were never at a low level of disease activity,” DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said during a health briefing. “We have come down from an extremely, critically, uber-high level of over 6,000 cases a day to the level we’re at today in the 450 cases-per-day increase. That is still very high.”
The disease activity for this week shows Wisconsin has a high level of COVID-19 activity — despite rising numbers of vaccinations. The latest report shows more than 1.5 million Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of either the single-dose Johnson & Johnson or the two-dose series of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
“We’ve been lulled into a sense of security here in Wisconsin because we had it so bad, that just having it bad doesn’t seem too awful to us,” Willems Van Dijk said.
Wisconsin is also seeing reports of the COVID-19 variants. The state reports 69 cases of the U.K. variant and one reported case of the South African variant.
“We also know a number of states in the nation are seeing significant upticks in cases and identified cases of variants including our neighbors in Minnesota and Michigan,” Willems Van Dijk said. “We know that these variants are particularly infectious.”
She added that the variants give younger people a higher level of infection.
The state also added two deaths to its toll. Wisconsin reports 6,600 active cases, 574,436 cases since the start of the pandemic and 6,599 total deaths.