LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – 21 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties are seeing a critically high level of Covid-19 disease spread, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. This includes Chippewa, Pepin, Trempealeau, buffalo, Rusk, Barron, and Polk counties.

Rusk and Barron counties have the highest case burdens in the state. The counties not in the “critically high” category are seeing “very high” disease spread.

The DHS confirms more than 2,800 new Covid cases today in the badger state and 18 Covid deaths.

The Wisconsin department of health services reports 53.6 percent of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

In Eau Claire County, the vaccination percentage is 54.6.

59.5 percent is the rate in La Crosse County.

Chippewa County sits at 49.8 percent.

The percentage is 42.8 in Dunn County.

Another UW system school has met the “Vax Up! 70 for 70” goal. UW Stout announced yesterday that 70 percent of students have gotten the Covid vaccine.

Students at the university are now eligible to win one of 70 seven-thousand-dollar scholarships.

UW Eau Claire, La crosse, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Whitewater have already reached the 70-percent threshold.

Over 90-percent of students at UW Madison, which has its own program, are vaccinated.

The “70 for 70” program was extended last week and will now end October 31st.