The coronavirus vaccine is now available in Wisconsin. Healthcare workers in Madison yesterday became the first in the state to get a shot. Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services says 10 thousand vaccine doses arrived yesterday, there should be 40 thousand more by the end of the day tomorrow.
Wisconsin may now have its first doses of the coronavirus vaccine, but it will be a while before most people in the state get a chance to get it. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk yesterday said it will take weeks just to vaccinate all of Wisconsin’s healthcare workers. She says it will be the middle of next month before people in long term care facilities are taken care of. It could be the fall before the vaccine is widely available.
Willems Van Dijk says most vaccinations will happen at doctors offices, but she says they are also planning for mass-community vaccination sites across the state.
Here closer in our area, the early call is maybe tomorrow, certainly by the end of the week. That’s the timeline for the coronavirus vaccine in Eau Claire.
When it comes to the coronavirus status in our state, Wisconsin’s coronavirus numbers continue to fall. The state’s Department of Health Services yesterday reported just over two thousand positives and 12 new deaths. The state’s positivity rate once again fell.
DHS says the seven day rate is now at about 10-and-a-half percent. DHS says there are just over 14 hundred people in the hospital with the virus, 319 of them are in the ICU.
Public Health officials in Dane County announced Monday that 16 year old Isai Morocho is the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Before Monday, the state health department had reported zero COVID deaths of people younger than 39.