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DHS reports two Wisconsin counties at critically high COVID activity levels

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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says two counties in the state are at critically high COVID activity levels for the first time since January.

Forest County and Buffalo County both have case rates greater than 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents, the DHS announced Wednesday.

64 counties are listed as having very high activity levels, and only six are listed as having high activity levels — the lowest current activity level in the state. Of those, four counties are in south-central Wisconsin: Dane, Rock, Iowa and Lafayette Counties.

3,426 new cases were confirmed statewide on Tuesday, the most new cases reported in one day since January 7th, when 3,514 new cases were reported.

The 7-day average of cases rose to 1,864.

20 new COVID-related deaths were also confirmed on Tuesday, and the 7-day average of deaths rose to 15.

The DHS is once again asking residents to wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash hands regularly, and get vaccinated.

7,791 people have died from COVID-related illnesses since the DHS starting reporting data.