COVID-19 hits critical activity levels in 21 counties in Wisconsin


MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – More and more counties in Wisconsin reached the state’s highest level of COVID-19 case activity on Wednesday, including some in the south-central region.

Twenty-one counties in the state have been identified as having “critical” levels of case activity, according to Department of Health Services COVID-19 scoreboard, which represents more than a quarter of the state’s counties. This is up from eight the week before.

Adams, Richland and Fond du Lac County were all among the counties added to the new tier on Wednesday.

Wednesday also marks the first time in at least five months that no county has fallen below “very high” levels of case activity. The state’s COVID-19 data for this metric only goes back to April on the dashboard.

The state itself is also three-quarters of the way to reaching critical coronavirus levels.

Dane, Rock and Walworth counties are among a cluster of counties with declining COVID-19 case activity.

DHS confirmed 2,806 new cases on Wednesday, with the seven-day moving average rising slightly to 2,532. The addition of these cases means there are now 724,681 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eighteen people also died from the virus on Wednesday. DHS Remarks that 7,979 people have died in total.

More than 56% of Wisconsinians have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine and more than 53% have completed their vaccine series. So far this week, 9,339 doses have been administered.

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