Wisconsin reaches 'grim milestone' as vaccinations slow
By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The total number of people in Wisconsin to test positive for COVID-19 has crossed 600,000.
A top state health official on Tuesday dubbed that a "grim milestone" as fewer people are seeking immunization and more doses are going to waste.
There have been 6,850 deaths to date in Wisconsin.
Today's #COVID19_WI update, and we are now at 600,000+ cases since the pandemic began. While the last 100,000 took nearly 4 months to reach, this still underscores how #COVID19 is spreading in our communities. Please continue your work to #StopTheSpread: https://t.co/6vCBut1Ju6pic.twitter.com/Ca10gMFAyb— WIDeptHealthServices (@DHSWI) May 4, 2021
As of Tuesday, 43.5% of Wisconsin's population had received at least one shot and just short of 35% were fully vaccinated.
When vaccinations first began, hundreds of doses were lost each week.
Deputy state health secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said Tuesday that now between 1,000 and 2,000 doses are lost a week as demand has slowed.