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Wisconsin: A quarter of a million completed COVID-19 vaccinations – WBAY

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) reports nearly a quarter of a million Wisconsin residents have completed their vaccination series against COVID-19. Tuesday, the state reported 249,933 people received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in the 65 days since COVID-19 vaccinations started on December 13. That’s 4.3% of the state’s population.

Wisconsin is also ready to hit a milestone of 1 million doses administered, if it hasn’t already. Tuesday the state reported 996,591 shots administered, about 3,500 doses shy. But at the current average of 28,947 shots a day, it’s likely the state has already passed it at the time of this writing, and vaccinators’ reports are still coming in. The numbers indicate 9,026 more people completed their vaccinations and a total 20,542 first or second doses were administered since Monday’s report. CLICK HERE to track vaccine numbers in Wisconsin, as well as per county.

State figures show about 1 in 10 adults 35 to 64 years old and more than 4 in 10 adults 65 or older received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Although 40.4% of older adults have started the vaccination regimen, only 4.8% have finished. That’s not surprising since vaccinating ages 65-plus just began in earnest on January 25 and they have to wait 3 or 4 weeks for the second dose.

The news on Tuesday wasn’t all good. While the number of new cases remained below 1,000, Wisconsin added 38 people to COVID-19′s death toll. Twenty-six of the deaths were in Milwaukee County. The rest were in Brown, Chippewa, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, Outagamie, Polk, Washington (2), Waukesha and Winnebago (2) counties. More than 6,200 people have died from COVID-19 (6,204). The death rate rose again to 1.12% of all known coronavirus cases after holding at 1.11% for a week; that’s the highest death rate since the end of September.

The DHS reported 624 positive tests for coronavirus, which was almost 20% (19.39%) of the 3,218 results of people being tested for the first time, or who tested positive for the first time. This is the first time since the first week of September that new cases stayed below 1,000 for five days in a row. Wisconsin is averaging 755 new cases per day, the lowest 7-day average since September 1. Looking at all test results including people tested multiple times — and most results are, since almost 54% of the population has been tested at least once — the state says the positivity rate’s 7-day average is down to 3.1%.

New cases were identified in 60 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Seventeen counties added only 1 or 2 new cases. County case and death totals are being updated later in this article.

Action 2 News put together a guide of vaccination clinics and health agencies distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to people age 65 and older. CLICK HERE for locations and phone numbers and websites to register.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

The DHS says 82 more people were hospitalized for COVID-19 since Monday morning. That’s 7 straight days of reporting fewer than 100 hospitalizations, helping bring the 7-day average down to 57 hospitalizations per day. Since the virus’s first appearance in Wisconsin just over a year ago, 25,422 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment — or 4.6% of people who tested positive for the virus.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reported 411 COVID-19 patients were in the state’s hospitals Tuesday, including 117 in intensive care. That’s one less in ICU and one less in hospitals overall after taking new admissions, discharges and deaths into account.

Hospitalizations in the Fox Valley rose by one to 22 COVID-19 patients, with only 1 in ICU.

Hospitals in the Northeast Region reported 33 COVID-19 patients, with 10 in ICU. That’s one less patient in ICU and 4 fewer overall.

HOSPITAL READINESS

In terms of hospital readiness, the WHA reported 274 ICU beds (18.7%) and 2,084 of all medical beds (18.7%) are unoccupied in the state’s 134 hospitals. All medical beds include ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative flow isolation. These are beds for all patients, not just COVID-19.

The Fox Valley region’s 13 hospitals reported 14 open ICU beds (13.5%) among them, and a total 124 open medical beds (14.5%) for the eight counties they serve.

In the Northeast region’s 10 hospitals, 25 ICU beds (12.1%) and 219 of all medical beds (21.5%) are open.

We use the terms “open” or “unoccupied” instead of “available” because whether a bed can be filled depends on hospitals having the staff for a patient in that bed, including doctors, nurses and food services.

Statewide, 16 of the 134 hospitals report they have less than a 7-day supply of gowns and 11 are running low on paper medical masks. Those numbers are the same as Monday.

TUESDAY’S COUNTY UPDATES IN PROGRESS (Counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold) *

Wisconsin

  • Adams – 1,554 cases (+3) (11 deaths)
  • Ashland – 1,167 cases (16 deaths) (cases revised -1 by state)
  • Barron – 5,256 cases (+2) (74 deaths)
  • Bayfield – 1,061 cases (18 deaths) (cases revised -1 by state)
  • Brown – 29,961 cases (+72) (203 deaths) (+1)
  • Buffalo – 1,308 cases (7 deaths)
  • Burnett – 1,158 cases (23 deaths)
  • Calumet – 5,404 cases (+3) (41 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 6,976 cases (+6) (90 deaths) (+1)
  • Clark – 3,142 cases (57 deaths)
  • Columbia – 4,960 cases (+2) (50 deaths)
  • Crawford – 1,659 cases (+1) (17 deaths)
  • Dane – 39,346 (+29) (264 deaths)
  • Dodge – 11,322 cases (+9) (154 deaths)
  • Door – 2,395 cases (+4) (19 deaths)
  • Douglas – 3,641 cases (+3) (23 deaths)
  • Dunn – 4,200 cases (+6) (26 deaths)
  • Eau Claire – 10,871 cases (+5) (104 deaths)
  • Florence – 431 cases (12 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 11,822 cases (+4) (89 deaths) (+1)
  • Forest – 919 cases (+1) (23 deaths)
  • Grant – 4,603 cases (+1) (79 deaths)
  • Green – 2,982 cases (+6) (16 deaths)
  • Green Lake – 1,518 cases (+1) (18 deaths)
  • Iowa – 1,834 cases (+3) (9 deaths)
  • Iron – 519 cases (+3) (19 deaths)
  • Jackson – 2,573 cases (+2) (23 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 7,776 cases (+7) (76 deaths) (+1)
  • Juneau – 2,960 cases (+1) (19 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 14,633 cases (+22) (289 deaths) (+1)
  • Kewaunee – 2,404 cases (+4) (27 deaths)
  • La Crosse – 12,059 cases (+25) (75 deaths)
  • Lafayette – 1,418 cases (+1) (7 deaths)
  • Langlade – 1,920 cases (+2) (31 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 2,870 cases (+1) (56 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 7,162 cases (+13) (61 deaths)
  • Marathon – 13,512 cases (+7) (171 deaths)
  • Marinette – 3,959 cases (+5) (61 deaths)
  • Marquette – 1,296 cases (21 deaths)
  • Menominee – 792 cases (11 deaths)
  • Milwaukee – 97,149 (+87) (1,214 deaths) (+26)
  • Monroe – 4,237 cases (+18) (30 deaths)
  • Oconto – 4,232 cases (+13) (47 deaths)
  • Oneida – 3,310 cases (+2) (64 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 18,949 cases (+12) (187 deaths) (+1)
  • Ozaukee – 7,543 cases (+8) (73 deaths)
  • Pepin – 798 cases (7 deaths)
  • Pierce – 3,416 cases (+2) (33 deaths)
  • Polk – 3,789 cases (+9) (44 deaths) (+1)
  • Portage – 6,372 cases (+14) (63 deaths)
  • Price – 1,133 cases (+1) (7 deaths)
  • Racine – 20,147 cases (+10) (314 deaths)
  • Richland – 1,265 cases (+4) (13 deaths)
  • Rock – 14,213 cases (+19) (151 deaths)
  • Rusk – 1,241 cases (+1) (16 deaths)
  • Sauk – 5,185 cases (+1) (39 deaths)
  • Sawyer – 1,468 cases (+4) (20 deaths)
  • Shawano – 4,554 cases (+3) (70 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 12,698 cases (+32) (125 deaths)
  • St. Croix – 6,271 cases (+7) (42 deaths)
  • Taylor – 1,784 cases (20 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 3,367 cases (+7) (36 deaths)
  • Vernon – 1,800 cases (+3) (36 deaths)
  • Vilas – 2,068 cases (+3) (36 deaths)
  • Walworth – 8,752 cases (+15) (124 deaths)
  • Washburn – 1,272 cases (18 deaths)
  • Washington – 13,603 cases (+13) (129 deaths) (+2)
  • Waukesha – 40,091 cases (+53) (467 deaths) (+1)
  • Waupaca – 4,723 cases (+7) (110 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,086 cases (28 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 16,850 cases (+22) (179 deaths) (+2)
  • Wood – 6,623 cases (+2) (72 deaths)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula **

  • Alger – 276 cases (1 death)
  • Baraga – 501 cases (32 deaths)
  • Chippewa – 709 cases (+1) (21 deaths) (+1)
  • Delta – 2,639 cases (65 deaths)
  • Dickinson – 2,119 cases (+1) (55 deaths)
  • Gogebic – 906 cases (+3) (18 deaths)
  • Houghton – 2,064 cases (+29) (32 deaths)
  • Iron – 863 cases (39 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 108 cases (1 death)
  • Luce – 132 cases
  • Mackinac – 280 cases (+1) (3 deaths)
  • Marquette – 3,439 cases (54 deaths) (cases revised -1 by state)
  • Menominee – 1,607 cases (+1) (35 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 356 cases (+2) (19 deaths) (+1)
  • Schoolcraft – 229 cases (4 deaths)

* Cases and deaths are from the daily DHS COVID-19 reports, which may differ from local health department numbers. The DHS reports cases from all health departments within a county’s boundaries, including tribal, municipal and county health departments; county websites may not. Also, public health departments update their data at various times, whereas the DHS freezes the numbers it receives by the same time every day to compile the afternoon report.

The DHS reports deaths attributed to COVID-19 or in which COVID-19 contributed to their death. Most of the people severely affected by the coronavirus have underlying illnesses or conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity, which raises a person’s risk of dying from COVID-19. They would’ve lived longer if not for their infection. The state may revise case and death numbers after further review, such as the victim’s residence, duplicated records, or a correction in lab results. Details can be found on the DHS website and Frequently Asked Questions.

**The state of Michigan does not update numbers on Sundays. Monday’s numbers include updates since Saturday’s reporting deadline.

COVID-19 Tracing App

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 tracing app, “Wisconsin Exposure Notification,” is available for iOS and Android smartphones. No download is required for iPhones. The Android app is available on Google Play. When two phones with the app (and presumably their owners) are close enough, for long enough, they’ll anonymously share a random string of numbers via Bluetooth. If someone tests positive for the coronavirus, they’ll receive a code to type into the app. If your phones “pinged” each other in the last 14 days, you’ll receive a push notification that you are at risk of exposure. The app doesn’t collect personal information or location information, so you won’t know from whom or where, but you will be told what day the exposure might have occurred so that you can quarantine for the appropriate amount of time.

Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Prevention

  • The coronavirus is a new, or “novel,” virus. Nobody has a natural immunity to it.
  • Children and teens seem to recover best from the virus. Older people and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) are considered at high risk, according to the CDC. Precautions are also needed around people with developing or weakened immune systems.
  • To help prevent the spread of the virus:
  • Stay at least six feet away from other people
  • Avoid close contact with people who are or appear sick
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates and nonessential appointments

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