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A new analysis estimates that COVID-19 has killed 6.9 million people worldwide, more than twice the reported toll of 3.2 million. That includes about 905,000 Americans — higher than the official estimate of 574,000, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation analysis.
The analysis compared week-by-week excess death rates during the pandemic to expectations from seasonal trends in more typical years. The researchers accounted for a variety of factors that could shape the death rate during the pandemic.
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Data to note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Friday that 44.1% of Wisconsinites have received at least once vaccine dose, including 81.4% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 36.4% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 76.3% of those older than 65. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain below that of white residents.
Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks indoors and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed — particularly as more contagious virus variants spread. On Friday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 588 new daily infections. The state also reported seven new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the full toll to 6,884.
WisContext offers this visualization:
Find a vaccine site near you
DHS and the federal government have partnered with Vaccine Finder to help Wisconsinites find vaccinations. Vaccinations are often by appointment, but providers are increasingly offering walk-in options. In addition, people seeking COVID-19 shots can text their ZIP code to 438829 to find nearby vaccine providers.
Not sure if something you heard about COVID-19 is true? FactCheck.org offers this page full of explainers — and debunking of common distortions — about the disease to help you sort out fact from fiction.
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