70% of Wisconsin residents age 65 and older have been fully vaccinated

More than 700,000 Wisconsin residents age 65 and older have been fully vaccinated, or roughly 70% of that population. 

That’s key in the state’s fight against the virus because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk.” Age also increases the risk for hospitalizations and deaths. 

People age 65 and older who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine are still encouraged to get it. 

There are a number of locations in southeastern Wisconsin with available vaccine, from health systems, community centers and major retailers. Check here for available vaccine options. 

The seven-day average of cases ticked up Tuesday to 794, up six from Monday. A one-day report of 922 cases contributed to that. 

Hospitalizations continued an upward trend, climbing to 317 patients, up 91 from a month ago. 

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Latest COVID-19 numbers

  • New cases reported: 922
  • New deaths reported: 10
  • Number hospitalized: 317 (intensive care: 76); up 91 patients from a month week ago
  • Seven-day average of daily cases: 794 (up 366 cases from one month ago)
  • Seven-day average of daily deaths: 6 (down 3 deaths from one month ago)
  • Seven-day average positivity rate — as a share of all tests given: 3.8%
  • Total cases since the start of pandemic: 586,632 (8,616 active cases)
  • Total deaths: 6,690

Latest vaccine numbers

  • Total doses administered: 3,572,358
  • Daily doses administered: 1,441,345 (24.8% of the population)
  • Wisconsin residents with at least one dose: 2,190,652 (37.6% of the population)
  • Residents who are fully vaccinated: 1,423,723 (24.5% of the population)
  • Residents 65 and older with at least one dose:  798,876 (78.5% of 65+ population)

Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 722-3811 or DBentley1@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @drake_bentley.