As the first shipments of Pfizer vaccine arrived in Wisconsin Monday, new COVID-19 cases continued to decline from a record mid-November high.
Mondays typically turn out the lowest case counts of the week, as fewer tests are conducted and processed over the weekend.
New cases reported: 2,122
New deaths reported: 12
Number hospitalized: 1,471 (intensive care: 319); down 563 patients from one month ago
Seven-day average of daily cases: 3,509 (down 2,659 cases from one month ago)
Seven-day average of daily deaths: 47 (up one from one month ago)
The average positivity rate — first-time positive tests over the last seven days — was 27.8% Wednesday.
Total cases since the start of pandemic: 438,895 (44,749 active cases)
Total deaths: 4,068
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► The seven-day case average of 3,509 is on par with the level seen Oct. 23, when cases were rising rapidly toward the mid-November peak of more than 6,500.
► Since rising above 40 on Nov. 9, the seven-day death average has fluctuated slightly but remained high. On Dec. 7 the state recorded a new high of 61 deaths per day, on average. The average Monday is on par with the level seen a month ago.
Still, it is several times higher than earlier in the pandemic. On Sept. 1, just as the surge in cases was beginning in Wisconsin, the seven-day death average was five.
► The U.S. Monday afternoon surpassed 300,000 deaths from COVID-19, the most of any country, as it continues to battle overcrowded hospitals and record-breaking daily case counts. Over the weekend, Wisconsin passed 4,000 deaths from the virus.
► COVID-19 hospitalizations are down 35% statewide from a mid-November peak, but hospitals continue to struggle with staffing shortages as hundreds of health care workers must quarantine at home after being infected or exposed to the virus in the community. Public health officials hope that the staffing strain will be reduced by vaccinating the state’s 450,000 health care workers.
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