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More than 1 million doses of vaccine given in Wisconsin

February 17, 2021 GMT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to more than 740,000 people in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services reported Wednesday.

Gov. Tony Evers praised the milestone, calling it “exciting news” while also urging people to remain vigilant.

“While we’re not there yet, 1 million doses means real progress toward that goal,” Evers said in a recorded message. Evers, 69, received his first dose of the vaccine on Friday.

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To date, nearly 264,000 people have received both doses and 740,450 have gotten at least one, the state health department reported.

Wisconsin ranked seventh in the percentage of its population that has received at least one dose through Tuesday, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. In Wisconsin, 12.7% of the population had gotten at least one dose, ahead of the national average of 12%,

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues to decline, with the seven-day average as of Wednesday 731. A month ago the seven-day average was 2,129. The average is now at its lowest point since early September.

In total, nearly 557,000 people have tested positive for the virus and 6,214 have died in Wisconsin.