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Rock County epidemiologist Nick Zupan said the county is seeing an “ongoing decline” in average weekly COVID-19 cases as it makes strides toward returning to normal.

Last week, 145 new cases were reported in Rock County, breaking down to roughly 22 new cases per day, Zupan said. That number has decreased from previous weeks when the average daily number of new cases was 40 or more.

“We are seeing that our number of weekly total cases is continuing to drop,” Zupan said.

Hospitalizations in Rock County due to COVID-19 remain at 15 admissions, a number that is slightly elevated from past months in 2021 but far below the peak in November 2020 when more than 70 admissions for COVID-19 were reported.

“We’re seeing a very low number of severe cases,” Zupan said.

Local case and vaccine data

Rock County reported 27 new cases and no additional deaths on May 20, bringing the countywide total to 16,232 cases and 174 deaths. A total of 15,686 people have recovered in Rock County, and it is estimated 372 cases remain active, Rock County Public Health Department data shows.

State vaccine data shows 44% of residents have had at least one dose of the vaccine and 36.3% have completed vaccination.

State case data

In Wisconsin, 448 new cases and two additional deaths were reported May 20, pushing the statewide total to 607,586 cases and 6,978 deaths. The state has a recovery rate of nearly 98% and a seven-day test positivity average of 2.7%.

National data

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 27,857 cases and 639 deaths were reported May 20, increasing the countrywide total to 32,855,010 cases and 584,975 deaths. In terms of vaccinations, 48.2% of those in the U.S. have received one dose of the vaccine, and 38.1% of have completed vaccination protocols.

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