Coronavirus in Wisconsin state and local update La Crosse and Eau Claire 2-19-21

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EAU CLAIRE/LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) -The Eau Claire City-County Health Department says COVID-19 numbers remain on a downward trend.

Today’s update shows just 11 new, positive tests. The total number of deaths remains at 104. As the rate of new cases goes down, vaccination numbers are on the rise.

The state DHS says more than 15 percent of Eau Claire County’s population has received at least the first dose of the vaccine. More than seven percent of people in the county are fully vaccinated. Today, City-County Health Department Director Lieske Giese says she remains hopeful of a presidential push to have nationwide vaccinations by the beginning of June.

“We think we can get it done if we have vaccine available we don’t think there’s any problem with getting to done by the beginning of June but it’s really very much dependent on the volume of vaccine available if we only get a small number of doses a week it will be impossible to vaccinate the really close to 80,000 people in this community that will be eligible,” said Giese.

Statewide, new cases of COVID-19 go up by more than 700. The average number of new cases in the state falls to its lowest point since July.

Chippewa County’s case count moves up by five, nearing 7- thousand total cases.

La Crosse County adds seven more positive tests.

Dunn County reports just one new case today.

Barron County increases by three cases. The county reports one additional fatality as well.

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