LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Wisconsin health officials are making COVID-19 vaccinations available to everyone age 16 and older starting Monday, moving up the timetable by a month.
State health officials planned to open up vaccinations to the general public on May 1. However, case rates in Wisconsin have been rising during the past two weeks, mirroring a national rise in infections.
The state DHS Deputy Secretary says Wisconsin is seeing warning signs of a surge.
She adds her department is confident in the Biden Administration’s long-range estimates of vaccine supply for the state.
12- thousand more people in the state have finished their vaccinations since yesterday. The total percentage of Wisconsinites fully vaccinated is at 17.4.
Eau Claire County jumps up to 21.9 percent of its population vaccinated.
Chippewa County is at 19.6 percent.
In La Crosse County, 21 percent of the population is vaccinated.
Dunn County is at 14.7 percent.
The state DHS reports 588 more positive tests for COVID-19, nearly twice as many as yesterday.
The 7-day positivity rate has been rising since March 11, sitting at two point seven percent today.
11 more deaths due to the virus are reported. That’s almost as many deaths as the past six days combined.
New cases in Eau Claire county go up by six.
Chippewa County tacks on seven more positive tests.
La Crosse County adds eight.
Dunn County’s COVID-19 case count moves up by nine.