Wisconsin COVID-19 Update: Three Million Fully Vaccinated; Case Rates Have Risen Since June Lows

As of September 7, Wisconsin had administered about 6.17 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with just over 3 million Wisconsin residents or 51.9 percent of the state’s population fully vaccinated. About 84.9 percent of Wisconsinites aged 65 and older have received at least one dose.

All U.S. adults are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in every state. As part of the federal vaccination program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all vaccinators to provide vaccines at no cost, and vaccinators cannot turn away anyone, even if they do not have insurance or cannot provide an ID.

As of September 7, Wisconsin’s seven-day average of new confirmed cases was 1,583 cases per day. That number peaked in November 2020 at around 6,500 cases per day. About 7,667 people with COVID-19 have died in Wisconsin. Over the first six months of 2021, the seven-day average of positive tests out of total tests declined, from 10.2 percent on January 1 to 0.9 percent on June 29. It has since risen to 8.0 percent as of September 6. In 2020, the seven-day average of positive tests out of total tests peaked at over 17 percent in November.

All vaccine and testing data are from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). Vaccine appointments can be scheduled using the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry.

On August 20, the state launched a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program under which Wisconsinites receiving their first dose between August 20 and September 19 are eligible for a $100 U.S. Bank rewards card. Individuals have until September 30 to submit a reward claim. Between August 20 and September 1, about 65,000 people in Wisconsin received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The incentive program was originally slated to end on September 1 but was extended to September 19 by Governor Tony Evers (D) and DHS.

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