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50% of Wisconsinites should have COVID-19 vaccine by month’s end

Wisconsin could reach the milestone in under two weeks, but our pace has been slowing
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 2:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:03 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Here is where we stand Wednesday. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports 43.4% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s 2,524,604 people who received either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The DHS says 48.7% of Wisconsinites received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, or 2,835,578 people. The state’s population is getting vaccinated at a rate of about 0.1% every day. At our current pace, Wisconsin could reach 50% of its population having at least the first dose in the next two weeks, but we caution that’s optimistic since our pace has been on the decline. Nationally, President Biden’s stated goal is 70% of Americans vaccinated by the 4th of July, which looks increasingly unlikely.

Wisconsin’s death toll from COVID-19 rose 11 to 7,189. The DHS says only 4 of those deaths were recent, but there were enough to bump up the 7-day average to 4 deaths per day. The death rate rose to 1.18% of all cases proving fatal. No counties in WBAY’s viewing area saw their death totals increase.

To date, the coronavirus was confirmed in 611,274 people in Wisconsin. That’s just 106 more than Tuesday. The DHS calculates the rolling 7-day average of new cases tumbled from 151 to 134 cases per day. The positivity rate fell a couple of notches from 1.4% to an average 1.2% of tests coming back positive over the past 7-day period.

Hospitalizations remain low, with 45 people admitted for COVID-19 in the past 24-hour period. The 7-day average is down to 42 people hospitalized per day.

Wednesday, the Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 158 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment, down from 170 a day ago. Fifty-nine of them are in intensive care, 3 fewer than a day ago. They include 9 patients in the Fox Valley region, which is 4 more than Tuesday, including 2 in ICU, which is 1 more than Tuesday. Hospitals in the Northeast health care region were treating 15 patients, unchanged from Tuesday, who include 5 in ICU, which is down 1.

The state’s concern now is getting the vaccination rate back up. Health experts estimate about 70% of the population needs to be vaccinated or infected to develop herd immunity against the coronavirus, and that can change depending on variants of the virus. Health officials say having most of a population vaccinated not only protects people from disease but can prevent dangerous variants from emerging in the first place.

We reported Tuesday the state is restarting the “You Stop the Spread” campaign. The state started the campaign early in the pandemic to promote mitigation efforts such as mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The renewed campaign will emphasize getting vaccinated as a way to protect not only yourself but the people around you, especially children and people with health conditions who can’t get vaccinated.

VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY POPULATION WEDNESDAY

County (Population) (Health region)% of population (change from previous report)Completed % of population (change from previous report)
Brown (264,542) (NE)48.3% (+0.1)43.9% (+0.2)
Calumet (50,089) (FV)43.4% (+0.1)38.8% (+0.1)
Dodge (87,839)39.0% (+0.1)35.2% (+0.2)
Door (27,668) (NE)64.3% (+0.2)59.6% (+0.2)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (SE)41.7% (+0.1)37.1% (+0.1)
Forest (9,004)40.7% (+0.1)38.5% (+0.1)
Florence (4,295) (NE)42.2% (+0.0)39.8% (+0.1)
Green Lake (18,913) (FV)42.1% (+0.1)38.4% (+0.0)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE)39.9% (+0.1)37.6% (+0.1)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE)45.7% (+0.2)41.9% (+0.2)
Marinette (40,350) (NE)40.1% (+0.2)36.8% (+0.1)
Menominee (4,556) (FV)49.6% (+0.0)43.8% (+0.0)
Oconto (37,930) (NE)40.6% (+0.1)38.0% (+0.1)
Outagamie (187,885) (FV)47.7% (+0.2)42.1% (+0.2)
Shawano (40,899) (FV)35.4% (+0.1)32.4% (+0.1)
Sheboygan (115,340) (SE)46.9% (+0.0)42.1% (+0.1)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV)40.8% (+0.1)36.9% (+0.1)
Waushara (24,443) (FV)33.4% (+0.1)31.3% (+0.0)
Winnebago (171,907) (FV)46.1% (+0.2)41.0% (+0.2)
NORTHEAST REGION (474,200) (NE)223,083 (47.0%) (+0.1)204,283 (43.1%) (+0.2)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,682) (FV)244,176 (44.4%) (+0.1)217,988 (39.7%) (+0.2)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434)2,835,578 (48.7%) (+0.1)2,524,604 (43.4%) (+0.2)

Vaccinations by age group (and increase since last report)

  • 12-15: 22.9% received a dose (+0.6)/7.2% completed (+1.3)
  • 16-17: 33.9% received a dose (+0.2)/26.2% completed (+0.3)
  • 18-24: 39.3% received a dose (+0.2)/32.7% completed (+0.2)
  • 25-34: 45.0% received a dose (+0.1)/38.9% completed (+0.1)
  • 35-44: 53.3% received a dose (+0.1)/47.1% completed (+0.1)
  • 45-54: 55.3% received a dose (+0.2)/49.4% completed (+0.1)
  • 55-64: 66.0% received a dose (+0.2)/60.2% completed (+0.2)
  • 65+: 83.7% received a dose (+0.1)/79.8% completed (+0.1)

As you can see, 12- to- 15-year-olds are currently leading the pace of vaccinations. The Pfizer vaccine was approved for their age group a little over a month ago. Pfizer is now entering Phase 2 of testing the vaccine with even younger children, ages 5 to 11. Brittany Schmidt of Action 2 News talked with a doctor at U.W. Health about the study that’s using a lower dose of the vaccine.

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State health officials are promoting the CDC’s Vaccine Finder website to make it easier to find and schedule appointments near you. You can also CLICK HERE for the First Alert Vaccine Team’s guide to vaccine clinics and vaccinators, including phone numbers and websites to make appointments and information on free rides to appointments.

WEDNESDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS (counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold) *

  • Brown – 31,880 cases (+4) (247 deaths)
  • Calumet – 5,839 cases (cases revised -1 by state) (51 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.) - 2,406 cases (59 deaths)
  • Dodge – 11,985 cases (+2) (172 deaths)
  • Door – 2,626 cases (23 deaths)
  • Florence - 452 cases (13 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 12,587 cases (+4) (122 deaths)
  • Forest - 964 cases (+1) (23 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.) - 1,042 cases (23 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 1,612 cases (19 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.) – 983 cases (43 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 2,365 cases (+1) (27 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 7,647 cases (+2) (72 deaths)
  • Marinette - 4,232 cases (67 deaths)
  • Menominee (Mich.) - 1,793 cases (41 deaths)
  • Menominee – 806 cases (11 deaths)
  • Oconto – 4,514 cases (+1) (59 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 20,830 cases (+2) (220 deaths)
  • Shawano – 4,744 cases (cases revised -1 by state) (73 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 13,859 cases (+1) (146 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 4,941 cases (+3) (123 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,206 cases (cases revised -2 by state) (34 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 18,339 cases (200 deaths)

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Hospital Association no longer report updates on weekends. The Michigan Department of Health does not report on Sundays.

* Cases and deaths are from state 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.

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