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Wisconsin surpasses 600,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

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(WAOW) — It took four months for Wisconsin report 100,000 new COVID-19 cases, going from 500,000 to 600,000. This is the second longest time period to confirm that many cases throughout the pandemic.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports 721 new cases along with 2,799 negative test results. It brings the total of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 600,297.

The state surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 cases on January 8, or 116 days ago. Despite a recent uptick in cases, the milestone shows overall a decline in cases reports.

The only time it took longer than four months to report 100,000 cases was at the start of the pandemic — when it took seven and a half months to reach the first 100,000 cases.

At the height of the pandemic, it took only 18 days to add 100,000 new cases.

DHS also reports 11 new deaths, bringing the total of those who have died from the virus in the state to 6,850.

DHS also reported 86 people were newly hospitalized.

As of Monday afternoon, 315 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Wisconsin hospitals, unchanged from the day prior.

Of those, 98 are in the ICU, down four from the day before, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

As of Tuesday, a total of 4,497,245 vaccines have been administered throughout Wisconsin.

So far, 43.5 percent of Wisconsinites have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and 34.7 percent of the state has completed 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.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services updates the statistics each day on its website around 2 p.m.

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