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COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Completed vaccinations outnumber new vaccinations 2-to-1

The DHS reports the fewest doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered last week than any week since the end of July
Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 2:33 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 5:11 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Higher numbers of COVID-19 virus cases and deaths in September may no longer be driving more people to get vaccinated against the disease. Preliminary numbers in Monday’s report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) show the fewest doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered last week (46,740) than any week since the end of July. Statewide, the number of people reported to be completing their vaccinations outnumbered people starting their vaccinations 2-to-1, and in some counties in our area it was as much as 3-to-1 (see the table of county vaccination rates later in this article).

The state reports 53.5% of the state’s total population finished their vaccine series, either by getting their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine -- an increase of two-tenths of one percent since Friday. That’s out of 56.6% of the population who started their vaccinations since December 13, 2020, an increase of one-tenth of one percent since Friday.

Almost 3.3 million Wisconsinites (3,292,836) have now received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 3.1 million have finished (3,116,066). Those numbers include 67.6% of Wisconsin’s adults getting vaccinated (3,080,007 adults) and 64.2% completing their vaccinations (2,923,727 adults).

Wisconsinites getting COVID-19 vaccine, by age group (and change since last report)

  • 12-15: 46.1% received vaccine (+0.2)/41.3% fully vaccinated (+0.5)
  • 16-17: 51.6% received vaccine (+0.2)/47.3% fully vaccinated (+0.3)
  • 18-24: 51.4% received vaccine (+0.1)/46.6% fully vaccinated (+0.3)
  • 25-34: 55.7% received vaccine (+0.2)/51.3% fully vaccinated (+0.3)
  • 35-44: 63.4% received vaccine (+0.2)/59.3% fully vaccinated (+0.3)
  • 45-54: 64.6% received vaccine (+0.1)/61.2% fully vaccinated (+0.3)
  • 55-64: 73.4% received vaccine (+0.1)/70.6% fully vaccinated (+0.2)
  • 65 and up: 85.4% received vaccine (+0.1)/83.4% fully vaccinated (+0.0)

The state reported lower numbers of cases, deaths, and hospitalizations over the weekend. We’ll point out these numbers historically trend lower on Mondays in DHS reports since the state stopped releasing updates on weekends at the end of May, so we’ll have to wait a little longer to see if the fever’s broken.

The state’s numbers show a net increase of 5,983 cases since Friday’s report. That averages to about 1,994 cases per day, which breaks a trend of more than 2,000 cases, and even 3,000 cases, per day for the past two weeks. The DHS calculates Wisconsin is averaging 2,603 cases a day, a healthy decline from the 7-day average of 2,746 last Friday. The positivity rate -- the percentage of all tests that are positive -- remained the same at an average of 7.4% of tests over the last week. To date, Wisconsin has confirmed 718,810 coronavirus cases since February 5, 2020.

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 death toll increased by 18 to a total 7,930 lives lost, which works out to 6 per day since Friday morning’s deadline for reporting to the state. Still, the DHS says the state averaged 13 COVID-19 deaths per day over the last week. Dodge County reported 2 deaths. Fond du Lac County’s death count was revised downward by 1, which is usually because of a duplicated record or if it’s determined a victim was from another county. County case and death numbers are listed at the end of this article.

Hospitals admitted 221 people for COVID-19 since Friday’s state report, or an average 74 people a day. By our calculations, the 7-day average for hospital admissions declined from 111 to 106 since Friday.

Monday’s Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) report shows 1,095 people are currently hospitalized, 23 more than Friday, and that 337 of them are in intensive care. That’s a record for COVID-19 patients in ICU this year; to find more, you’d have to look back to December 5, 2020, when there were 343.

The Northeast region had 110 COVID-19 patients, with 35 of them in ICU; these are the same numbers as Friday. The 10 hospitals have 12 ICU beds available among them.

The Fox Valley region were treating 105 COVID-19 patients, with 26 in ICU. That’s 4 more in ICU and 1 more patient overall than Friday. The 13 hospitals have, collectively, 2 ICU beds immediately available.

VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY POPULATION (MONDAY)

County (Population) (Health region)% of population (change from previous report)Completed % of population (change from previous report)
Brown (264,542) (NE)57.3% (+0.1)54.5% (+0.2)
Calumet (50,089) (FV)51.2% (+0.1)48.9% (+0.2)
Dodge (87,839)46.4% (+0.1)43.8% (+0.2)
Door (27,668) (NE)71.5% (+0.1)68.6% (+0.1)
Fond du Lac (103,403) (SE)49.5% (+0.1)46.7% (+0.3)
Forest (9,004)46.6% (+0.0)44.1% (+0.1)
Florence (4,295) (NE)47.1% (+0.0)45.4% (+0.0)
Green Lake (18,913) (FV)50.8% (+0.1)47.9% (+0.2)
Kewaunee (20,434) (NE)46.6% (+0.0)44.7% (+0.2)
Manitowoc (78,981) (NE)53.8% (+0.1)51.3% (+0.3)
Marinette (40,350) (NE)47.4% (+0.1)44.7% (+0.1)
Menominee (4,556) (FV)67.6% (+0.1)63.2% (+0.3)
Oconto (37,930) (NE)47.9% (+0.1)45.7% (+0.1)
Outagamie (187,885) (FV)57.0% (+0.1)54.2% (+0.3)
Shawano (40,899) (FV)42.6% (+0.1)40.2% (+0.2)
Sheboygan (115,340) (SE)55.0% (+0.1)52.5% (+0.2)
Waupaca (50,990) (FV)49.7% (+0.1)47.0% (+0.3)
Waushara (24,443) (FV)40.6% (+0.1)38.6% (+0.1)
Winnebago (171,907) (FV)54.8% (+0.1)52.0% (+0.3)
NORTHEAST REGION (474,200) (NE)262,711 (55.4%) (+0.1)250,168 (52.8%) (+0.3)
FOX VALLEY REGION (549,682) (FV)292,349 (53.2%) (+0.1)277,386 (50.5%) (+0.3)
WISCONSIN (5,822,434)3,292,836 (56.6%) (+0.1)3,116,066 (53.5%) (+0.2)

COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

The community vaccination clinic inside Fox River Mall in Grand Chute is open from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. on select dates through December 15. The list of dates will be updated on the Outagamie County website. No appointment is necessary for this walk-in clinic, which is located near the food court and Scheel’s. There’s no cost and no ID required.

The City of Green Bay and Brown County holds a free vaccination clinic this Friday, October 1 from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M., to reach people who live and work in and around downtown. Another vaccination clinic will be a week from Friday, Oct. 8, from 12 P.M. to 3 P.M. These free vaccination clinics are on the first floor of the Sophie Beaumont Building, 111 N. Jefferson St. People will get the Pfizer vaccine. Clinics for their second dose will be held three weeks later.

The Oshkosh Farmers Market is hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics on three Saturdays in October: Oct. 16, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30. All of the clinics will be held at the Time Community Theater, 445 N. Main St., from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. The Winnebago County Health Department will have vaccine available for everyone age 12 and up. The vaccine is free.

COVID-19 TESTING SITES

ThedaCare is holding eight mobile testing clinics this week because of increased demand for COVID-19 testing. These clinics offer both PCR testing, with most results in 24 to 48 hours, and rapid testing, with most results within 15 minutes. Rapid testing ends 30 minutes before the clinic closes.

  • Monday, Sept. 27: Christ the Rock Community Church, W6254 US Hwy 10, Menasha, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28: Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, 2400 N. Casaloma Dr., Grand Chute, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28: Markesan City Hall, 150 S. Bridge St., 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29: ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah, 333 N. Green Bay Rd., Neenah, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29: New Life Assembly of God Church, 612 E. North St., Plainfield, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
  • Thursday, Sept. 30: Christ the Rock Community Church, W6254 US Hwy 10, Menasha, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
  • Thursday, Sept. 30: ThedaCare Medical Center-Wild Rose, 601 Grove Ave., 8 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

The City of Appleton offers a walk-in clinic in the old Best Buy building, 2411 S. Kensington Dr., every Tuesday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. through Dec. 14 (see the list of dates here). Pre-registration isn’t required, but it’s encouraged to speed up the process.

Walk-in or drive-through COVID-19 testing is available at Sunnyview Expo Center weekdays from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., with the Wisconsin National Guard handling the testing. Registration is encouraged at www.winnebagopublichealth.org. Testing is recommended (and free) for anyone as young as 1 year old who’s been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, which can include fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle ache, or sudden loss of taste or smell. Results are usually back within 48 hours.

Late Monday afternoon, the Wisconsin DHS announced they are in support of recommending booster shots to certain people who have increased risk of exposure to or transmission of COVID-19. Specifically, state health officials support Pfizer’s booster shot to be given at least six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The Pfizer booster shot only applies to those who received the Pfizer vaccine initially.

Health officials add they expect information on the safety and effectiveness of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots to be released soon.

The DHS says they recommend the following populations should receive the booster dose:

  1. People who are at least 65 years old
  2. All long-term care residents
  3. Anyone who is in the 50-64 year-old age group with the following underlying medical conditions:
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
  • HIV infection
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Smoking, current or former
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
  • Substance use disorders

In addition, the DHS recommends the following people may receive a booster shot at least six months after receiving the second dose of Pfizer vaccine:

People ages 18-49 years old with the same underlying medical conditions as above

Those who are 18-64 years old who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their jobs or institutional settings such as front line essential workers and health care workers:

  • First responders (health care workers, firefighters, police, staff at congregate care facilities)
  • Education staff (teachers, support staff, childcare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Corrections workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers

Health officials add the above list of workers could be updated later.

MONDAY’S COUNTY CASE AND DEATH TOTALS (counties with an increase in cases or deaths since the last report are in bold)**

  • Brown – 36,467 cases (+184) (264 deaths)
  • Calumet – 6,584 cases (+23) (53 deaths)
  • Dickinson (Mich.)* - 2,779 cases (+31) (60 deaths)
  • Dodge – 13,664 cases (+128) (190 deaths) (+2)
  • Door – 3,110 cases (+28) (31 deaths)
  • Florence - 481 cases (+1) (13 deaths)
  • Fond du Lac – 14,929 cases (+155) (140 deaths) (deaths revised -1 by state)
  • Forest - 1,262 cases (+23) (27 deaths)
  • Gogebic (Mich.)* - 1,242 cases (+7) (23 deaths)
  • Green Lake - 2,076 cases (+21) (25 deaths)
  • Iron (Mich.)* – 1,154 cases (+9) (43 deaths)
  • Kewaunee – 2,660 cases (+13) (30 deaths)
  • Langlade - 2,536 cases (+55) (38 deaths)
  • Manitowoc – 8,784 cases (+96) (80 deaths)
  • Marinette - 4,865 cases (+37) (69 deaths)
  • Menominee (Mich.)* - 2,234 cases (+29) (44 deaths)
  • Menominee – 877 cases (+3) (11 deaths)
  • Oconto – 5,350 cases (+52) (65 deaths)
  • Outagamie – 23,461 cases (+170) (233 deaths)
  • Shawano – 5,462 cases (+20) (75 deaths)
  • Sheboygan – 15,584 cases (+32) (155 deaths)
  • Waupaca – 5,876 cases (+57) (134 deaths)
  • Waushara – 2,568 cases (+16) (42 deaths)
  • Winnebago – 21,412 cases (+193) (216 deaths)

* You can find a list of cases and deaths for all Wisconsin counties on the DHS County Data website. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Hospital Association do not publish updates on weekends. Update: Michigan Department of Health updates information on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

** Cases and deaths are from state COVID-19 reports, which may differ from local health department numbers. The Wisconsin 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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