COVID-19 daily update: Cases, deaths, vaccination rates in Wisconsin, La Crosse, Eau Claire (May 18, 2021)

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – COVID-19 vaccinations are helping slow the spread of the virus, but UW Health says getting tested still plays a major role.

In a news release today, UW Health stressed the importance of continued testing for COVID-19.

They said people still need to know if they’ve been exposed to the virus.

Doctor Jeff Pothof of UW Health says testing is a crucial step in curbing the virus and protecting your community.

“Even though we have a lot of vaccinated people we still have a lot of unvaccinated people and for them, we’re still doing contact tracing, we’re trying to identify who might have COVID-19, who they might’ve been in contact with, get those individuals isolated so that they can’t spread it to other people and that’s just a really good thing to do to try to decrease the rate of COVID-19 transmission in your community,” said Pothof.

You can check with your local providers for testing near you.

Around 13- thousand more people in Wisconsin are fully vaccinated since Friday.

This helps put the state’s overall percentage of people vaccinated at 39.5. Eau Claire County is closing in on 43 percent. Chippewa County sits at 38.4 percent of people vaccinated. La Crosse County reaches 46.2 percent. Dunn County is at 32.5 percent and Barron County has 36.1 percent of its population fully vaccinated.

The State Department of Health Services reports its lowest one-day rise in new COVID-19 cases in more than a year with 116 new positive tests today.

You have to go to April 13, 2020 to find fewer cases.

The 7-day positivity rate falls to 2.8 percent. The lowest positivity rate since March 30.

No new, COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin are reported for a second day in a row.

Eau Claire and Chippewa counties log no new cases. One case is dropped from La Crosse County. Dunn County adds one new positive test result for COVID-19. Barron county sees 17 new cases since last Friday.

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