Wisconsin DHS: COVID cases and hospitalizations tick up, but numbers lower than omicron

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – Wisconsin Department of Health Services experts say there is a higher risk of COVID infection now compared to two months ago.

Seven counties in Wisconsin, including three in our area, have “high” levels of transmission.

Dr. Ryan Westergaard says there has been a noticeable increase in hospitalizations, although but fewer patients are hospitalized compared to the omicron surge in January.

Health officials hope to see a small to moderate-sized case increase with the omicron subvariant.

“It doesn’t feel like the pandemic is over to me,” Westergaard said. “It feels like it has evolved, and it has changed, and continues to change.”

Wisconsin is averaging nearly 2,200 new cases a day, according to the DHS.

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