COVID-19 cases decline in Wisconsin, but at a slow pace



MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – COVID-19 infections are declining in Wisconsin, although health professionals say the decline has been slow.

The state saw a spike in cases in September caused by the delta variant. But the return to levels seen before the outbreak has been “painfully slow,” according to Dr. John Raymond, president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin registers on average more than 1,900 new cases of COVID-19 per day, according to figures from the Department of Health Services. That’s down considerably from September, when the number topped 2,900. However, the numbers were down to double digits in June.

“Compared to other states, we are a bit behind. The surge hit us a little later than in other parts of the country and subsides a little later than in other parts of the country, â€Raymond said.

Wisconsin’s seven-day death average fell below double digits on Wednesday for the first time in nearly two months.

About 55% of Wisconsin residents are fully immunized, according to DHS. About half a million young people across the state will become eligible for Pfizer vaccines in the coming days when they are rolled out to children ages 5 to 11.


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