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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #242 (5-14-21) Week-In-Review


Week In Review


  • 326 Hospital Admissions and 79 patients in ICU
    • Hospital admissions were down 1 for the week (-1).
    • The total number of ICU patients decreased by 24, (-24) for the week.
  • Cumulatively there have been 605,376 positive tests in Wisconsin:
    • 3,111 positive tests reported last week, which is 1,007 less, (1,007) from the previous week.  
    • The 7-day average for positive tests is now 444+/day. (7-day average was 588+/day last week)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 are at 6,954 in Wisconsin. 
    • 70 COVID-19 related deaths this past week, +9 more than the week prior.
    • The 7-day average for deaths is 10 deaths/day (7-day average was 9 deaths/day last week).
  • 590,678 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (97.6%), 7,478 cases are still considered active (1.2% and -1,068 versus last week) and 6,954 patients have died (1.1%). (last updated by DHS on 5/14)  

Updated Guidance:


CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Resume Activities Without Masks

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services released a statement on the updated CDC guidance released on Thursday:

On May 13, the CDC released updated guidance that fully vaccinated people can resume activities they did before the pandemic, including participating in indoor and outdoor activities – large and small – without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter. A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if it has been two or more weeks since they got the second dose in a two-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna), or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson). This updated guidance solidifies our confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and reflects the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing the spread of disease.

“This new guidance for fully vaccinated people is an exciting step forward,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake “The science is clear: if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic. For vaccinated people, this means returning to the Wisconsin way of life we all enjoy.” (Link to full statement)

Wisconsin Communities react to CDC Guidance:

  • Milwaukee face mask requirements remain in effect. Because the city of Milwaukee’s masking requirements were created through a city ordinance, they need to be modified through a similar process. There is pending legislation that is before the Common Council on May 25th that would tie Milwaukee’s requirements to the CDC guidance. (link to Journal Sentinel story)
  • Madison indoor masking requirements remain in effect. Public Health Madison Dane County is reviewing the CDC guidance and plans an update to its guidance on Tuesday, May 18th. (link to Channel 3 story)
  • Brown County Public Health, De Pere Health Department, and Oneida Nation Health Department adopt CDC guidance (link to release)
  • City of Racine suspended mask ordinance on May 14th at noon (link to release)
  • Rock county ended mask mandate on Friday, May 14th Janesville school district maintains indoor masking requirement for schools. (link to Channel 3 story)
  • City of Appleton and Menominee, Outagamie and Shawano counties adopt CDC guidance on masking (link to story)

Vaccine Distribution:

Vaccine Distribution (reported as of 5/14/21 on DHS website )

  • 4,817,417 vaccines have been administered (an increase of +194,562 since last week)
  • 2,616,859 Wisconsinites (44.9%) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine series (+51,924 over last week, +0.8%)
  • 2,263,607 Wisconsinites (38.9%) have completed their vaccine series. (An increase of +146,189 since last week, +2.5%)




Week-in-Review (5/8-14/21):

Positive Test Results


There were 3,111 new positive tests reported last week, which is a decrease of 1,007, (1,007) from the previous week.

  • An average of 444 positive test results per dayWas 588+/day the previous week.



  • Milwaukee county had the highest number of new positive cases with 566 new positives,  201 less, (201) than the previous week.
    • Racine county came in with the second highest number of new cases, 173, which is 40 less, (40) than the previous week.
    • Rounding out the top five counties with the most positive new cases were;
    • Dane county; 173 new cases, (142) less than the previous week
    • St. Croix county; 139 new cases, (18) less than the previous week
    • Rock county; 138 new cases, (72) less than the previous week







  • There were 70 COVID-19 related deaths+9 more than the week prior.




  • Milwaukee county had 19 of the 70 deaths, the +16 more than reported the previous week.
    • Waukesha county reported 8 deaths, +6 more than week prior
    • Douglas county reported 5 deaths, +5 from week prior
    • Polk county reported 5 deaths, +4 from week prior
    • Rock and Dane counties each reported 4 deaths, +2 for Rock county and +1 for Dane county





Updated Charts as of 5/14/21



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