LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Wisconsin health officials say that only 0.03% of people who have been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus have tested positive for COVID-19.
As of today, the number of so-called breakthrough cases was just 605 out of 1.8 million people who are fully vaccinated.
The state’s number of breakthrough cases is higher than the national rate of 0.008% reported by the CDC. The CDC has said that the national tally is an undercount, and some infections are expected among those who are immunized because no vaccine is 100% effective.
A local doctor is reminding people even if they’ve recovered from COVID-19 to still get vaccinated.
Prevea Health President and CEO Ashok Rai says while people who’ve recovered from the virus have what’s called ‘natural immunity, scientific research shows the immunity that comes from the vaccine is better.
“I wouldn’t be following the science to say you don’t have some level of protection if you’ve had COVID-19. We’re just trying to get everybody an equal and great level of protection through the vaccine,” said Rai.
The CDC has always recommended people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated.
Rai think’s there’s been some hesitancy amongst those who’ve had it because they were initially told to as providers gave shots to more vulnerable populations.
Now, he says everyone should step up to the plate and get their shot.
Close to 34,000 more people in Wisconsin have finished the vaccination process. That moves the state’s total of fully inoculated at 32.4 percent.
Eau Claire County’s figure is today at 36.2. One out of three residents of Chippewa County are now fully vaccinated. La Crosse County rises to 37.3 percent, Dunn County 26.2, and Barron County’s vaccination total now sits at 30.9.
Wisconsin added 688 people to the total infected with the COVID-19 virus.
The Department of Health Services recorded 34 more deaths, the most added in one day since February 19. The fatalities came from 19 counties, including three new deaths from Barron County.
The state’s 7-day positivity average is at 3.2 percent.
La Crosse County’s COVID-19 case count rose today by 14 -the 6th day in last 7 with a double-digit increase.
Eau Claire County added 9 positive tests to its total.
Chippewa County tacked on 4 and Dunn County increased by 2.
Barron County did not release new case counts today.