Coronavirus in Wisconsin State and Local update, La Crosse and Eau Claire areas 5-11-21

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Children as young as 12 can now get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the united states.

Today, the FDA expanded the use of Pfizer saying the shot is safe. It added the shot offers strong protection for younger teens based on testing.

Before the shots can be administered to the new age range, the federal vaccine panel needs to issue the recommendation. Most vaccines rolling out worldwide have been authorized for adults.

Eau Claire City-County health officials marked a milestone in their fight against the COVID-19 virus today.

They announced surpassing 10-thousand doses of vaccine given through the mass vaccination clinic at UW-Eau Claire.

The clinic initially opened in March and was converted to a mass vaccine site last month.

The initial goal was to distribute between 35 hundred to 7-thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine each week. The clinic now also offers the 1-shot Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Wisconsin has past 4.7 million “shots in the arm” with 37.4 percent of everyone in the state now classified as fully vaccinated.

Eau Claire County has inoculated 41.7 percent of its population. Chippewa county sits at 37.1 percent. La Crosse County moves up to 44 percent and 30.8 percent of Dunn County’s population is now fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

State DHS logged an increase of 205 in COVID-19. This marks nearly two months since Wisconsin last reported barely 200 new positive tests.

The 7-day positivity rate dropped from over the weekend – down to 3.2 percent.

Wisconsin reported no COVID-19 deaths for the second straight day and the third Monday in a row.

Eau Claire County’s case count was lowered by 1 today, increased by one in Chippewa County. The total in La Crosse County was unchanged since Sunday. Dunn County’s total of COVID-19 positive tests went up by 3 from Sunday.

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