Wisconsin’s 7-day average COVID-19 case rate falls to lowest level in more than 3 months

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s seven-day average of daily new COVID-19 cases has fallen below 2,000 for the first time since early November, the state’s Department of Health Services said Monday.

As of Monday’s update, the state’s seven-day average sits at 1,941 new cases per day. The last time the average was under 2,000 was on Nov. 2, when it sat at 1,918.

The percent-positivity rate has also fallen to under 10%, DHS reported. An average of 9.8% of COVID-19 tests came back positive over the past week.

Despite the number of cases falling, 56 Wisconsin counties remain at a critically high level of virus spread. The remaining 16 counties fell to the very high category.

Statewide, 63.7% of Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 60.0% are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, DHS data shows.

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DHS’ update comes on the same day Public Health Madison & Dane County announced it will allow the county’s mask mandate to expire on March 1.

Editor’s note: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday said vaccine data reported on Monday excluded a portion of the state’s population, resulting in higher percentages. The numbers were corrected on Tuesday, the agency said.