MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – The final inventory of new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin last month shows how far the numbers have fallen since the Omicron rise gripped the state earlier this year. In March, the total number of cases counted for the entire month was just over a thousand positive tests more than January daily average.
In the first month of the year, the Department of Health Services reported 327,101 cases, which equates to approximately 10,552 per day. Just two months later, the monthly figure had plummeted to 11,603 cases, putting the daily average for March to just over 374 a day, the agency’s dashboard indicated.
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The daily average for cases has risen since March gave way to April. Ever since the seven-day moving average reached the bottom of 317 cases a day (the lowest since last summer) on March 27, it has slowly crept up again, rising every day, to reach 396 cases a day during the previous week.
The 7-day rolling average for deaths took a sharp turn in April after a month where it had been between eight and ten cases a day for almost the entire month. Over the weekend, according to DHS’s dashboard, this streak was snapped, with the average collapsing to three a day.
Looking back at last month, the total number of deaths also dropped significantly compared to January – just not as sharply. The 141 deaths reported in March were just over one-tenth of the 1,230 total found in January, DHS figures show.
In all, the state has now registered 12,799 total deaths since the pandemic began.
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