LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A pair of La Crosse doctors are speaking out about the importance of still wearing masks despite the Wisconsin supreme court’s decision last week to repeal the statewide mandate.
Speaking at an event hosted by the “Committee to Protect Medicare” doctors Robert Freedland and William Reed say we’re not out of the woods yet, even though people are getting vaccinated.
“We cannot afford to let our guard down. The analogy I would compare it to is the football player who gets an interception and runs it back for a touchdown but drops the ball on the five-yard-line because he starts to celebrate too soon. We cannot afford to let this infection come back,” said Reed.
In addition to masking up, Reed says to continue social distancing and washing your hands, even if you’re vaccinated.
The b-1-1-7 variant of the COVID-19 virus is detected in Monroe County. Local health officials did not offer details on the specific case tied to the variant. This is the variant first discovered in England.
It spreads more quickly than existing strains of COVID-19. B-1-1-7 was first identified in Wisconsin in January. There are 139 confirmed cases of the variant in the state.
Wisconsin is averaging more than 24- thousand people finishing their vaccinations each day during the last week. This puts the percentage of Wisconsinites fully vaccinated at 20.4.
Eau Claire and La Crosse counties close in on a quarter of their populations being completely inoculated. Chippewa county is at 22.1 percent. Dunn County’s vaccination percentage is 17.2.
The state DHS logs 886 new, COVID-19 cases today. This is the most in a single day since mid-February. The 7-day positivity average by test rises to 3.5 percent.
Eight more COVID-19-related deaths are also reported. Eau Claire County’s case count goes up today by seven. Chippewa County adds 12 positive test results.
La Crosse County tacks on 14. Dunn County adds 19 new COVID-19 cases.