MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The last two times newly confirmed COVID-19 cases were lower than they were on Monday, friends and families gathered around the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. In fact, you would have to go back more than 150 days to find a non-vacation that saw fewer cases than were found in the Department of Health Services’ latest report.
For the first time all year, state health officials did not need to use commas when counting the number of registered cases in the past 24 hours. The agency’s figures for 739 cases fell Monday’s rolling seven-day average to less than 2,000 cases a day for the first time in some time.
State data show that the rolling average passed this threshold in the first days of November and had not fallen below it since then. At this point last month, that number was six times higher than it is now; although it was also the first day that DHS began clearing its backlog of cases that had not previously been spoken. Monday’s relatively low number of cases (at least compared to last fall and winter) brought the total number of cases to 1,369,062 since the pandemic began.
Eight new COVID-19-related deaths were reported by DHS on Monday, allowing the seven-day rolling average to tick up a bit over the weekend. Its figures show that the rolling average rose to 17 a day, lower than the last two months, but in line with the figures seen during the autumn.
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