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State: Nearly 2 million completely vaccinated against COVID-19

The state reported another 18 deaths from COVID-19 Saturday
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Published: May. 1, 2021 at 2:22 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports as the state nears 2,000,000 residents becoming fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, another 18 people have died from the disease.

Since Friday, the DHS reports the number of Wisconsinites finishing their vaccine regimen increased by 27,304, bringing the state’s total to 1,992,959. That figure represents 34.2% of Wisconsin’s population. With the state averaging 26,278 people completing the vaccine series per day, Wisconsin is on track to having 2,000,000 residents being fully vaccinated by Sunday.

The state reports a total of 2,521,038 Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, which is 43.3% of the population. Health experts say this isn’t enough for herd immunity from COVID-19, adding they estimate 70% of people need to be infected or fully vaccinated to provide herd immunity for the rest of the population -- if being infected provides long-lasting immunity. The World Health Organization notes that the herd immunity threshold for polio was about 80% and measles is about 95%.

Vaccinators have given a total 4,455,787 shots of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to Wisconsin residents and people from out of state, such as people who work in our state. County-by-county vaccination totals are updated below.

According to state health officials, results from 4,631 people tested for the first time or testing positive for the first time found 675 new cases, a daily positivity rate of 14.58%. Counting all tests, including people tested multiple times, the positivity rate increased from 3.2% to 3.3% of all tests coming back positive. Trempealeau County had its case number revised by the state Saturday.

Wisconsin is currently averaging 648 new coronavirus cases per day. The state is expected to reach a milestone 600,000 sometime next week, less than 15 months after the state’s first coronavirus case in Madison in February, 2020.

The 18 new deaths bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 6,841. Wisconsin continues to average 12 deaths per day over the past 7 days. Since the pandemic began, 1.14% of all coronavirus cases in the state were fatal. County-by-county case and death totals are listed later in this article.

State health officials reported new deaths in Barron, Brown, Calumet, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Lincoln, Racine, Shawano, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood counties. The death count was revised by the state in Marathon County.

Since February 5, 2020, the DHS reports 3,449,314 people in Wisconsin were tested at least once for the coronavirus. Out of these:

  • 598,822 tested positive for the COVID-19 virus
  • 29,382 were hospitalized (4.9%)
  • 6,841 died (1.14%)
  • 582,725 are considered recovered (97.4%)
  • 8,990 are active cases (1.5%)

SATURDAY’S COUNTY VACCINATION TOTALS

County (Population + Health region)Received at least 1 dose (% of pop.)Completed (% of pop.)
Brown (264,542) (NE)112,767 (42.6%)94,965 (35.9%)
Calumet (50,089) (FV)19,411 (38.8%)15,542 (31.0%)
Dodge (87,839)30,270 (34.5%)24,374 (27.7%)
Door (27,668) (NE)16,408 (59.3%)14,054 (50.8%)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (SE)38,476 (37.2%)31,626 (30.6%)
Forest (9,004)3,409 (37.9%)3,023 (33.6%)
Florence (4,295) (NE)1,688 (39.3%)1,499 (34.9%)
Green Lake (18,913) (FV)7,186 (38.0%)6,052 (32.0%)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE)7,481 (36.6%)6,508 (31.8%)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE)32,594 (41.3%)27,269 (34.5%)
Marinette (40,350) (NE)14,710 (36.5%)12,002 (29.7%)
Menominee (4,556) (FV)2,025 (44.4%)1,794 (39.4%)
Oconto (37,930) (NE)14,004 (36.9%)12,029 (31.7%)
Outagamie (187,885) (FV)78,604 (41.8%)61,053 (32.5%)
Shawano (40,899) (FV)13,009 (31.8%)11,000 (26.9%)
Sheboygan (115,340) (SE)48,119 (41.7%)39,365 (34.1%)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV)18,440 (36.2%)15,272 (30.0%)
Waushara (24,443) (FV)7,449 (30.5%)6,440 (26.3%)
Winnebago (171,907) (FV)69,685 (40.5%)54,861 (31.9%)
NORTHEAST REGION (NE)199,652 (42.1%)168,326 (35.5%)
FOX VALLEY REGION (FV)215,809 (39.3%)172,014 (31.3%)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434)2,521,038 (43.3%)1,992,959 (34.2%)

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.

CLICK HERE to track vaccine data in Wisconsin

Vaccinations by age group:

  • 16-17: 25.7% received a dose/9.8% completed
  • 18-24: 32.8% received a dose/20.5% completed
  • 25-34: 39.2% received a dose/28.0% completed
  • 35-44: 47.2% received a dose/34.9% completed
  • 45-54: 49.7% received a dose/36.7% completed
  • 55-64: 60.6% received a dose/46.3% completed
  • 65+: 80.9% received a dose/75.3% completed

Vaccinations by race/ethnicity:

  • American Indian: 26.5% received a dose/20.4% completed
  • Asian: 37.4% received a dose/24.4% completed
  • Black: 19.9% received a dose/14.3% completed
  • White: 40.6% received a dose/32.5% completed
  • Hispanic: 25.8% received a dose/17.6% completed
  • Non-Hispanic: 41.7% received a dose/33.3% completed

State health officials are promoting the CDC’s Vaccine Finder website to make it easier to find and schedule appointments near you.

HOSPITAL READINESS

Following a one day dip below the seven-day average of hospitalizations for COVID-19, the DHS reports another 75 people were admitted to a hospital during the past 24 hours. Currently, the state is averaging 65 patients for the disease per day during the past 7 days

Saturday’s figures from the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) show there are 337 patients are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment across the state. That’s a decrease of one from Friday, after taking discharges and deaths into account. Of these, 98 are in intensive care, which is 3 more than Friday.

Fox Valley hospitals were treating 21 patients, with 4 in ICU. That’s the same amount of ICU patients as Friday, but an increase of 3 patients overall.

The 10 hospitals in the Northeast region had 29 COVID-19 patients, with 7 in ICU. Those numbers are unchanged from Friday.

For hospital readiness, the WHA reports 301 intensive care beds (20.53% of all ICU beds) are open across the state, and a total 3,611 of all beds (32.31%) -- ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative-flow isolation.

The Fox Valley region’s 13 hospitals have 12 open ICU beds (11.53) among them, and a total of 90 open beds (10.55%).

The Northeast region has 48 open ICU beds (23.18%) and 257 open beds of all types (26.88%).

These beds are for all patients, not just COVID-19. While we use terms like “available” or “open,” a hospital bed can only be occupied if there’s enough staffing to care for the patient, including doctors, nurses and food services.

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

Wisconsin

  • Adams – 1,707 cases (+2) (12 deaths)
  • Ashland – 1,242 cases (15 deaths)
  • Barron – 5,727 cases (+14) (82 deaths) (+1)
  • Bayfield - 1,128 cases (+1) (19 deaths)
  • Brown – 31,391 cases (+15) (241 deaths) (+1)
  • Buffalo – 1,351 cases (+2) (7 deaths)
  • Burnett – 1,352 cases (+1) (22 deaths)
  • Calumet – 5,746 cases (+2) (48 deaths) (+1)
  • Chippewa – 7,325 cases (+13) (94 deaths)
  • Clark – 3,233 cases (+5) (58 deaths)
  • Columbia – 5,362 cases (+2) (57 deaths)
  • Crawford – 1,709 cases (17 deaths)
  • Dane – 44,259 (+43) (302 deaths) (+3)
  • Dodge – 11,797 cases (+13) (163 deaths) (+1)
  • Door – 2,585 cases (+1) (22 deaths)
  • Douglas – 3,989 cases (+10) (34 deaths)
  • Dunn – 4,611 cases (+3) (32 deaths)
  • Eau Claire – 11,465 cases (108 deaths)
  • Florence - 444 cases (+1) (12 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 12,314 cases (+10) (111 deaths) (+1)
  • Forest - 957 cases (+2) (23 deaths)
  • Grant – 4,886 cases (+2) (85 deaths)
  • Green – 3,483 cases (+2) (18 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 1,566 cases (+1) (19 deaths)
  • Iowa - 2,010 cases (+2) (10 deaths)
  • Iron - 575 cases (21 deaths)
  • Jackson - 2,619 cases (+1) (26 deaths)
  • Jefferson – 8,322 cases (+11) (109 deaths)
  • Juneau - 3,135 cases (+12) (22 deaths)
  • Kenosha – 15,492 cases (+19) (306 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 2,338 cases (+7) (26 deaths) (+1)
  • La Crosse – 12,702 cases (+22) (81 deaths)
  • Lafayette - 1,553 cases (+1) (8 deaths)
  • Langlade - 1,990 cases (32 deaths)
  • Lincoln – 3,044 cases (63 deaths) (+1)
  • Manitowoc – 7,506 cases (+12) (69 deaths)
  • Marathon – 14,528 cases (+12) (186 deaths) (State revised, decrease of 2)
  • Marinette - 4,114 cases (+3) (66 deaths)
  • Marquette – 1,369 cases (22 deaths)
  • Menominee – 799 cases (+1) (11 deaths)
  • Milwaukee – 104,990 (+145) (1,298 deaths)
  • Monroe – 4,498 cases (+5) (37 deaths)
  • Oconto – 4,417 case (+6) (53 deaths)
  • Oneida - 3,622 case (+4) (69 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 20,516 cases (+15) (202 deaths)
  • Ozaukee – 8,124 cases (+10) (84 deaths)
  • Pepin – 850 cases (7 deaths)
  • Pierce – 3,912 cases (+3) (36 deaths)
  • Polk – 4,379 cases (+3) (46 deaths)
  • Portage – 6,701 cases (+7) (68 deaths)
  • Price – 1,226 cases (+1) (7 deaths)
  • Racine – 21,499 cases (+26) (341 deaths) (+1)
  • Richland - 1,300 cases (15 deaths)
  • Rock – 15,797 cases (+49) (168 deaths)
  • Rusk - 1,293 cases (17 deaths)
  • Sauk – 5,757 cases (+7) (47 deaths)
  • Sawyer - 1,662 cases (+2) (25 deaths)
  • Shawano – 4,679 cases (+3) (72 deaths) (+1)
  • Sheboygan – 13,668 cases (+9) (140 deaths) (+2)
  • St. Croix – 7,669 cases (+27) (50 deaths)
  • Taylor - 1,861 cases (24 deaths)
  • Trempealeau – 3,527 cases (State revised, decrease of 1) (41 deaths)
  • Vernon – 1,911 cases (+1) (39 deaths)
  • Vilas - 2,237 cases (+1) (40 deaths)
  • Walworth – 9,391 cases (+8) (136 deaths)
  • Washburn – 1,439 cases (+3) (18 deaths)
  • Washington – 14,564 cases (+7) (151 deaths) (+1)
  • Waukesha – 43,557 cases (+43) (523 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 4,872 cases (+145) (118 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,153 cases (+2) (34 deaths) (+1)
  • Winnebago – 18,037 cases (+21) (195 deaths) (+1)
  • Wood – 6,989 cases (+19) (81 deaths) (+2)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula **

  • Alger - 309 cases (2 deaths)
  • Baraga - 570 cases (34 deaths)
  • Chippewa - 1,028 cases (27 deaths)
  • Delta – 3,211 cases (69 deaths)
  • Dickinson - 2,348 cases (58 deaths)
  • Gogebic - 1,001 cases (22 deaths)
  • Houghton – 2,443 cases (32 deaths)
  • Iron – 941 cases (42 deaths)
  • Keweenaw – 141 cases (1 death)
  • Luce – 177 cases (+3) (1 death)
  • Mackinac - 394 cases (3 deaths)
  • Marquette - 4,111 cases (57 deaths)
  • Menominee - 1,735 cases (39 deaths)
  • Ontonagon – 397 cases (20 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft - 297 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 Michigan Department of Health does not release reports on Sundays.

CDC GUIDANCE ON GATHERINGS

The Centers for Disease Control have announced that fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing.

The CDC’s recommendations also say vaccinated people can come together in the same way – in a single household -- with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren.

The CDC is continuing to recommend that fully vaccinated people still wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public. The CDC also advised vaccinated people to get tested if they develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.

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