COVID-19 test positivity rate nearly double in Wisconsin from this time last month

NOW: COVID-19 test positivity rate nearly double in Wisconsin from this time last month

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- For the first time in many years, COVID-19 isn't something people are probably worrying about ahead of the visit to grandma and grandpa's on Easter Sunday.

Its specter is haunting people right now however, with almost double the seven-day average of positive Covid tests from this time last month.

Pharmacists say they've been moving a lot of these at-home tests recently, and some of those people have even come back for prescriptions for treating Covid.

At Hyatt Pharmacy, Pharmacist Hashim Zaibak says many people concerned about Covid-like symptoms have been coming in.

"In the last week we have actually seen a 50% increase in asking for and buying these at-home tests," said Zaibak.

What he's seeing is in line with the statewide trend, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

While transmission of Covid-19 is still considered low everywhere in the state, and significantly less people are getting tested right now, on the 16th of last month, the seven-day positive test rate was 2.8 percent Saturday (the day before Easter) it's 5.4%.

Hashim said that's why he wants people to remember Covid-19 is still out there, he said getting an at-home test can be a good way to keep those around you safe.

"The government is going it away for free, there's a website where people can go and order it for free, insurances are paying for it, so even if you are completely healthy, no symptoms, get some, keep them at home, just in case," said Zaibak.

Another issue is low booster rates, he said getting yours is another way to fight back.

"As a state we're not doing well, and even as a country, we're not doing well as far as the percentage of people who have gotten the booster," said Zaibak,

Milwaukee Health Department officials put out a statement Thursday prescribing people wear masks, social distance, and meet outside if possible over the holiday.

You can click here to go to the website where you can order free at-home test kits.

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