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Gov. Evers: COVID-19 cases doubled in last month

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WISCONSIN (WAOW) — In a media call on Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers had positive pandemic progress to tout, but also a concerning update in term of COVID-19 cases.

Gov. Tony Evers claimed that in the last month, COVID-19 cases have doubled across the state and that variants are "running rampant."

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports 922 COVID-19 cases and 2,963 new negative test results. The update brings the total of confirmed cases to 586,632. Of those, 8,616 cases are still considered to be active.

The current seven-day average of new COVID-19 case reports is 794. This time last month the average was 428.

DHS only updates variants on a weekly basis, so there is no information on how variant cases have increased in the last week. As of last week, there were 383 confirmed variant cases.

The progress the state is seeing is mostly in terms of vaccination efforts. According to Gov. Evers, Wisconsin is a regional and national leader in terms of vaccinating residents against COVID-19.

He says that over the weekend, the state placed 2nd in the country and 1st in the Midwest in terms of using available vaccine.

As of Tuesday, a total of 3,572,358 vaccines have been administered throughout Wisconsin.

So far, 37.6% of Wisconsinites have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and 24.8% of the state has complete the vaccine series.

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

Hospitalizations are also slowly increasing in Wisconsin. DHS is reporting 70 new hospitalizations.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 304 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Wisconsin hospitals, up 16 from the day prior.

Of those, 75 are in the ICU, up three from the day before, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

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