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Wisconsin reports nearly 900 new COVID cases in past day, 7-day average quickly climbing

Courtesy: Wisconsin Department of Health Services

MADISON, Wis. — As local health officials warn Dane County could cross the CDC’s threshold for significant COVID spread in the next couple of days, the state of Wisconsin is reporting nearly 900 new cases across the state in the last 24 hours.

The latest numbers updated Thursday show 899 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Wednesday, continuing a trend in the last week of quickly-growing case numbers. A total of 795 cases were reported on Tuesday and 950 cases were reported on Monday.

That surge has pushed the 7-day average for new cases up to 556. One month ago, the 7-day average of new cases was just 70 per day. The 7-day average hasn’t been this high since May 8, when the state was averaging 571 cases per day.

On Wednesday, state health officials expressed concern as case numbers reached 7 times the level they were at in June.

President Joe Biden is expected to address the nation this afternoon on the growing number of COVID cases across the country as the Delta variant spreads.

Earlier this week, the CDC recommended everyone in areas seeing significant levels of COVID transmission — including those who have been fully vaccinated — return to wearing masks indoors to help prevent the further spread of the Delta variant of the virus. Public Health Madison & Dane County followed by strongly recommending people in Dane County do the same, even as the county has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country.