Coronavirus in Wisconsin State and local update: La Crosse and Eau Claire 1-12-21

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Half of Wisconsin’s population has gotten tested at least once for the coronavirus, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

DHS reports 1,456 new COVID-19 cases today in the state, which is 26.7 percent of the total number of tests administered.

For the second day in a row, the state reports a single digit increase in deaths with five. However, the 7-day average for deaths held steady at 40.

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department reports 20 new cases of COVID-19 today for a total of more than 98-hundred.

In Chippewa County, public health adds 31 more COVID-19 cases for a total of 6,295.

Another COVID-19 related death is reported in La Crosse County bringing the county’s death toll to 64. The county also reports 61 new cases of COVID-19 today.

Police officers and firefighters across Wisconsin will soon be able to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. The Wisconsin DHS announced today that police and fire personnel will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting next Monday, which will begin the first step into phase 1b for Wisconsin.

The state has been vaccinating the 1a population since mid-December which included frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Local health departments will be leading the coordination for the vaccination of police and fire personnel, as well as EMS and unaffiliated health care providers.

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