Wisconsin’s seven-day COVID-19 case average dipped to its lowest point in four months on Wednesday, but deaths from the coronavirus remain high.
Cases have largely declined since reaching a mid-November peak. The state saw a rise in cases after Christmas, but the seven-day average has been decreasing every day of the last week.
On Wednesday it was on par with the case average seen Sept. 21, when the outbreak that began on college campuses in early September was spreading rapidly across the state. But at 1,808, the current case average is still more than double what it was Sept. 1, before the surge began.
The death toll, meanwhile, has been steadily rising. Since Jan. 1, 703 people have died from the virus in Wisconsin. January’s death toll is likely to surpass 1,000 by the end of the month.
January will likely be the third-deadliest month of the pandemic, behind November at 1,282 deaths and December at 1,546.
Nearly two-thirds of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 deaths have come since Nov. 1, a result of the massive autumn surge in cases.
New cases reported: 1,522
New deaths reported: 50
Number hospitalized: 834 (intensive care: 193); down 434 patients from one month ago
Seven-day average of daily cases: 1,808 (down 1,106 cases from one month ago)
Seven-day average of daily deaths: 45 (down seven from one month ago)
The average positivity rate — first-time positive tests over the last seven days — was 22.9% Wednesday.
Total cases since the start of pandemic: 525,924 (23,904 active cases)
Total deaths: 5,562
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Total doses allocated to Wisconsin: 779,800
Total doses administered: 260,402
People who have received both doses: 45,638
Doses administered Tuesday: 10,392
In less than a year, more Americans will die of COVID-19 than died during World War II, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
In the 1,347 days from the attack on Pearl Harbor to V-J Day, 405,399 Americans died fighting in World War II, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. In less than a quarter of that time, at least 400,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19.
USA TODAY and Andrew Mollica of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.