MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin saw a sharp increase in new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health Services.
Health officials reported 886 new cases of the virus, nearly tripling Monday’s case count. The seven-day moving average also rose to 634.
The state has reached a historic total of 581,070 confirmed cases, and more than 7,500 of them are active. Although the case count increased Tuesday, the vaccine launch continues to expand in Wisconsin.
Governor Tony Evers announced that the Alliant Energy Center will receive federal support to expand its mass vaccination site. The site will be able to vaccinate up to 1,400 people per day.
To date, more than 3.1 million doses of the vaccine have been administered throughout Wisconsin, including 29,310 the day before.
More than 33% have received at least one dose, consisting of 1,944,054 inhabitants. DHS said 20.4% have been fully vaccinated, or 1,185,478 Wisconsinites. A quarter of Dane County residents have completed the vaccine series.
The positivity rate has continued to climb, as the average percentage of seven positive days per test rose slightly to 3.5%.
At least 6,648 have died from complications from the coronavirus, and eight new deaths were confirmed on Tuesday. Another 72 people have been hospitalized in the past 24 hours, doubling Monday’s hospitalization count.
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