LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – State health officials say Wisconsin is ready to begin distributing coronavirus vaccines by mid-December, when it hopes to receive nearly 50,000 doses.
Today Governor Tony Evers said in a media briefing that he sent a letter asking the federal government to prioritize Wisconsin when distributing vaccines.
Department of Health Services spokeswoman Elizabeth Goodsitt says more than 11-hundred providers and 485 organizations have submitted forms to become vaccine providers.
She says the CDC expects the first shipments to arrive by mid-December.
State health officials say while COVID-19 numbers are showing a downward trend, they’re still too high, and they’re asking Wisconsinites to double down on efforts to slow the spread.
Today, four thousand 618 new cases are reported in Wisconsin, along with 60 new deaths and 172 more hospitalizations.
In Eau Claire County, 47 new cases are reported for a total of seven thousand 956.
For La Crosse County, 191 new cases and four more deaths according to the Coulee Collaborative.
Today, Governor Evers announced 45 million dollars in assistance for restaurants and other small businesses affected by the pandemic. He also announced 15 million dollars in grants for live music and entertainment venues and aid for lodging facilities in the state.