August 2, 2021

UW Health notes troubling COVID-19 pandemic trends

Illustration of COVID-19 virus

Madison, Wis. – Driven by the delta variant, COVID-19 cases are up around Wisconsin, leading to a rise in hospitalizations and signaling a fourth surge in the pandemic.

Key stats:

  • The more contagious COVID-19 delta variant is responsible for more than 80% of the new cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • The CDC, state and local health officials updated masking recommendations, emphasizing masks should be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status in areas with high transmission. They also recommended masks in K-12 schools.

  • In Wisconsin, the seven-day trend of cases continues to go up from a low of 60 cases per day on July 5 to 556 cases per day on July 29 — a staggering increase of 826% — according to the Department of Health Services.

  • State hospitalizations in that time went from 23 to 223, a startling jump of 870%.

  • More than 98% of cases in Wisconsin from Jan. 1, 2021 to July 22, 2021, are in people who were not fully vaccinated, according to DHS.

  • 50% of Wisconsinites are still unvaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines prevent against severe illness, hospitalization and death. They are safe, free, widely available and the most effective way to protect against the virus.