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Active COVID-19 cases continue to rise


(WAOW) — Just last week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) was reporting that active COVID-19 cases were close to dropping below 6,000.

Now, the number of active cases are on the rise again. On Thursday, DHS reports 6,980 active COVID-19 cases. This is still only 1.2% of all reported cases.

With Thursday's report of 517 new cases and 4,092 new negative test results, the total of confirmed cases throughout the pandemic in Wisconsin is now 577,712.

The state also reports three new deaths, bringing the total of those who have died from the virus in the state to 6,625.

DHS also reported 40 people were newly hospitalized.

As of Thursday afternoon, 233 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Wisconsin hospitals, down 17 from the day prior.

Of those, 59 are in the ICU, down seven from the day before, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

As of Thursday, a total of 2,890,231 vaccines have been administered throughout Wisconsin.

So far, 31.1 percent of Wisconsinites have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and 18.5 percent of the state has complete the vaccine series.

Vaccination numbers can change on a rolling basis as the state gets more data each day.

DHS has a county-level dashboard to assess the COVID-19 activity level in counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition regions that measure what DHS calls the burden in each county. View the dashboard HERE.

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