1 in 6 Wisconsin residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19; deaths fall to average 3 a day – WBAY
MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin continues on pace to reach 1 million residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 early next week.
The Department of Health Services reported Saturday that 978,416 people have completed their vaccinations — whether that’s one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
That’s 29,651 more people completing their vaccinations since to Friday’s report. The state is averaging 20,433 residents getting fully vaccinated every day over the past 7 days.
Currently, 16.8% of Wisconsin’s population is fully vaccinated. That’s more than 1 in 6 people.
Data show the state usually sees a drop in vaccinations over the weekend, so that 1 million milestone will most likely be reached Monday or Tuesday.
So far, 1,674,882 Wisconsin residents had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s almost 40,000 more (39,905) than vaccinators reported Friday and represents 28.8% of the population.
The 7-day average was close to a record for all COVID-19 vaccinations, including residents and non-residents. Vaccinators reported an additional 68,558 doses administered since Friday. That’s 10,000 fewer doses than Friday, but the 7-day average of 55,566 shots a day is just a couple hundred shy of Friday’s record.
Vaccination numbers for Northeast Wisconsin counties appear later in this article.
1 in 3 Wisconsin women received at least one dose of a vaccine compared to just under 1 in 4 men.
Here’s a look at who’s received at least one dose, by age group – approximations and percentages:
16-17: 4 out of 100 (3.8%)
18-24: 1 out of 7 (14.4%)
25-34: 1 out of 5 (21.5%)
35-44: 1 out of 4 (27.0%)
45-54: 1 out of 4 (27.7%)
55-64: 1 out of 3 (34.3%)
65+: 3 out of 4 (74.5%)
CASES AND DEATHS
COVID-19 deaths were reported in Brown and Oneida counties. The death count was revised in Jackson County, so the state’s death toll only increased by one to 6,599. Because of this, Wisconsin’s 7-day average fell to 3 deaths per day — the lowest average since July — although the death rate holds on at 1.15% of all coronavirus cases.
The 7-day average for new cases was up for a fourth straight day. Testing identified 450 coronavirus cases across 49 counties. Positive tests made up 12% of the 3,742 results received from people being tested for the first time or testing positive. Wisconsin is averaging 473 new coronavirus cases per day.
The positivity rate looking at all tests, including people tested multiple times, has a 7-day average of 2.6% for a second day. The positivity rate by that measure is at the highest level since February 24 when it was on a decline.
Hospitalizations were in line with the 7-day average. The state is averaging 47 hospitalizations a day, and the DHS reported 50 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in the past 24-hour period. The percentage of coronavirus cases resulting in hospitalization rose to 4.8% on Friday.
Since February 5, 2020, the state reports:
575,320 confirmed coronavirus cases
27,403 hospitalizations (4.8% of all cases)
6,598 COVID-19 deaths (1.15%)
561,842 recoveries (97.7% of cases)
6,721 cases still active (1.2%)
SATURDAY’S VACCINATION TOTALS IN NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN
(Daily cases and deaths by county are listed toward the end of this article. You can also view county numbers on the state DHS website, CLICK HERE.)
CLICK HERE for a full list of eligible medical conditions in the next phase that started Monday, March 22
CLICK HEREfor 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.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported there were 219 COVID-19 patients in the state’s 136 hospitals Saturday. That’s 7 fewer than the day before. Of these patients, 59 are in intensive care, which is 2 more than Friday and 10 more than a week ago.
The 13 hospitals in the Fox Valley region are treating 16 patients, the same number as Friday, with 4 in ICU, which is one less. But it’s 4 more in ICU than the hospitals had a week ago.
The Northeast region’s 10 hospitals were caring for 27 COVID-19 patients, with 6 in ICU. That’s 2 fewer in ICU and 4 fewer patients overall compared to Friday, but still 5 more patients in hospitals than last Saturday.
The WHA says 333 of the state’s 1,466 ICU beds are available (22.7%). There are 2,289 of all hospital beds — ICU, intermediate care, medical surgical and negative-flow isolation — open (20.5%).
Fox Valley hospitals have 10 open ICU beds among them (9.6%) and 99 of all types of beds (11.6%).
Northeast region hospitals report 46 ICU beds (22.2%) and 253 of all bed types (26.5%) are available.
These hospital beds are for all patients, not just COVID-19. Although we use the terms “open” and “available,” a hospital can only put a patient in a bed if it has the staff to care for them, including doctors, nurses and food services.
SATURDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS (counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold) *
* 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 state of Michigan does not update numbers on Sundays. Monday’s numbers include updates since Saturday’s reporting deadline.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19: