DHS: Six cases of more contagious variant reported so far in Wisconsin

DHS: Six cases of more contagious variant reported so far in Wisconsin

So far, there have been six cases of a more contagious variant of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, according to new state data released Friday.

The Department of Health Services reported 6,339 coronavirus specimens have been sequenced.

As of Thursday, laboratories identified six of the sequenced specimens as the B.1.1.7 variant, which was discovered widely circulating in the United Kingdom late last year. Researchers believe the strain spreads more rapidly and easily than the original one.

Wisconsin vaccinators administered 1,119,705 doses as of Thursday.

Per state data, 13.4 percent of the state’s population, or 782,420 Wisconsinites, have received first doses, and 5.4 percent, or 314,762 Wisconsinites, have received second doses.

DHS reported 774 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, for a total of 558,496.

Thirty-five more deaths brought the state’s death toll to 6,267.

An additional 5,309 Wisconsinites were tested, for a total of 3,142,871.

DHS considers 9,575 cases active.

The seven-day average for daily new cases is 635, down 23 from Thursday and 197 from a week ago.

The seven-day average for daily new deaths is 17, up four from Thursday and down two from a week ago.

As of Thursday, the seven-day positivity rate by test was 2.9 percent, the same as Wednesday and a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from a week ago, per preliminary data from DHS.


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