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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #235 (3-26-21) Week-In-Review

Week In Review


  • 226 Hospital Admissions and 57 patients in ICU
    • Hospital admissions were up 13 for the week (+13).
      • 193 hospital admissions on March 21st was the lowest number of hospital admission census since the WI Hospital Association started reporting the data on April 9th, 2020
    • The total number of ICU patients decreased by 7 (-7) for the week.
      • 47 patients in the ICU on March 20th was the lowest number of ICU patients in a day reported since the WI Hospital Association started reporting the data on April 9th, 2020
    • The Alternate Care Facility has been closed
  • Cumulatively there have been 574,870 positive tests in Wisconsin:
      • 3,260 positive tests reported last week, which is up 552, +552, from the previous week.  
      • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 465+/day. (7-day average was 386+/day last week)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 6,597 in Wisconsin. 
      • 35 COVID-19 related deaths(2) less than the week prior.
      • The 7-day average for deaths remains at 5 deaths/day, which was the same as last week.
  • 561,393 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (97.7%), 6,721 cases are still considered active (1.2% and +335 versus last week) and 6,597 patients have died (1.1%). (last updated by DHS on 3/26)  


Vaccine Distribution:


  • Vaccine Distribution (as of 3/26/21). This week DHS changed the data that they were providing on their website, so this update is different than previous weeks:
    • 2,679,245 vaccine doses allocated to Wisconsin (+273,000 more than week prior)
    • 2,595,204 vaccines have been administered (an increase of +375,967 since last week)
    • 1,634,977 Wisconsinites (28.1%) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine series (+205,203 over last week)
    • 948,765 Wisconsinites (16.3%) have completed their vaccine series. (An increase of +137,548 since last week)

Week-In-Review COVID-19 News:


  • The Department Administration announced this past week the decommissioning of the Alternate Care Facility at State Fair Park in West Allis. [From release] A total of 170 individuals received treatment at the facility between October 2020 and January 1, 2021, as part of Wisconsin’s continuum of care efforts. On December 22, 2020, the ACF opened a Bamlanivimab (BAM) Infusion Clinic to meet the needs of local southeastern Wisconsin health systems that did not have the capacity at the time to serve their patients with the new outpatient treatment. A total of 37 individuals were treated at the BAM Infusion Clinic.  In February 2021, the ACF was placed into “mothball” status meaning that it was not actively accepting transfers from hospitals, while DHS and DOA continued to review data and continued conversations with health systems. Sanitation of the facility has already begun, with Wisconsin State Fair Park expected to be back to its original state before the end of April.
  • DHS has confirmed a third variant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Wisconsin. [From release] On March 25, 2021, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and laboratory partners confirmed a third variant strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin. This variant strain, referred to as P.1, differs from variant B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, which have both previously been confirmed in Wisconsin. The newest variant, P.1, was first discovered in four travelers from Brazil who were tested at an airport near Tokyo, Japan, in early January. According to epidemiologic and modeling studies, researchers have found that this new strain, similar to B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, spreads more rapidly and easily than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2. However, this variant has unique mutations that may affect the ability of antibodies, generated through previous COVID-19 infection or through vaccination, to recognize and fight off the virus. This means variant P.1 may be able to more easily infect people. (Link to release)
  • DHS has launched new vaccine distribution data page. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched a redesign of the vaccine distribution summary on the COVID-19 vaccine data page. The new allocation and administration dashboard displays key metrics related to Wisconsin’s COVID-19 vaccination program, including total doses administered by provider type. (Link to release)
  • Status of Emergency Orders:
    • On February 4, 2021, Governor Tony Evers issued Executive Order 105, declaring a public health emergency, and corresponding Emergency Order 1, regarding face coverings in certain situations for people over the age of 5. ​Face coverings are required to be worn whenever you are indoors or in an enclosed space, other than a private residence, and other people are present in the same room or space.​ These orders expire on Monday, April 5th.
    • Wausau’s city council extended their mask mandate this week to May 31st (article)
    • Waukesha County updated its large gathering recommendation with new guidance that advises that indoor venues may host events with no capacity limits when CDC guidelines are followed, with a focus on social distancing, separation of groups, and mask-wearing. (release)
    • The City of Milwaukee updated its guidance this week allowing indoor gatherings that are limited to the lesser of 75% total capacity or one person for every 30 square feet. Gatherings larger than 750 people, in addition to employees or contractors, are permitted with a safety plan approved by the city. Outdoor gatherings exceeding 1,000 people also require an approved safety plan. (order)
    • The City of Racine is raising capacity limits to 75 percent for most indoor spaces. In addition, high-risk recreational activities, such as school sports, are permitted with a limit of 2 spectators per player, coach, or officiating personnel, and no more than 75% occupancy of the facility or 200 persons, whichever is less. (article)


Week-in-Review (3/20-26/21):


Positive Test Results


There were 3,260 new positive tests reported last week, which is up 552, +552 from the previous week.

  • An average of 465 positive test results per dayWas 386+/day the previous week.




Milwaukee county had the highest number of new positive cases with 758 new positives, 276 more, +276 than the previous week.

  • Waukesha county came in with the second highest number of new cases, 346, which is 10 more, +10 than the previous week.
  • Rounding out the top five counties with the most positive new cases were; 
    • Dane county; 324 new cases, +3 more than the previous week
    • Outagamie county; 127 new cases, +7 more than the previous week
    • Racine county; 105 new cases, +54 more than the previous week





  • There were 35 COVID-19 related deaths(2) less than the week prior.





    • Milwaukee county each had 8 of the 35 deaths from the last week, which is +8 more than reported the previous week.
      • Dane county reported 6 deaths, +4 more than prior week.
      • Racine county reported 5 deaths, the same as last week.
      • Waukesha county reported 4 deaths, (1) less than the prior week.
      • Brown county reported 3 deaths, (1) less than the prior week.





Updated Charts as of 3/26/21

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