LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services secretary says the clots appear to be extremely rare but that the state was pausing the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution.
During a briefing, DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says she hopes the pause will last only a few days to a week.
She also offered statistics to show that COVID-19 still presents a greater risk than the vaccine itself.
“This risk of this rare event is about 1 in a million for this vaccine. The risk of getting COVID-19 in the united states is 1 in 10. One in 10 people in the united states have been infected with this disease and so that risk is pretty high. The risk of dying from COVID-19 is 1 and 600 in the united states. So, as each of us thinks about this and weighs those risks, i think it’s really important to look at that whole picture.”
More than 17-thousand more Wisconsinites are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19. That puts the state’s overall figure at 24.8 percent.
Eau Claire County’s total of inoculated residents moves up to 28.3 percent. Chippewa County is at 25.8 percent. La Crosse County now sits at 28.2 percent and Dunn County now has 9-thousands of its residents fully vaccinated, accounting for 19.8 percent of the county’s population.
New cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin stayed below 1 thousand for a fourth consecutive day, with 922 more positive tests for the virus.
The state’s 7-day positivity rate, by test, held steady for a sixth straight day at 3.8 percent.
10 more people have died from COVID-19. This is only the second time this month the daily number of fatalities was in double digits.
Eau Claire County added 6 new positive tests. Chippewa County increased by 14. That’s their first double-digit rise in a week. La Crosse County’s COVID-19 case count rose by 7 and Dunn County saw its COVID-19 total move up today by 3.
Governor Evers announced that the sixth community based vaccination clinic in the state will open in Barron County next week. The clinic will be located at the UW-Eau Claire campus in Rice Lake and will open Tuesday, April 20.
It will operate Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.