LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Parents for one area school district learned more today about a mask mandate the school put in place.
The superintendent and school leaders for the Melrose Mindoro School District answered parents’ questions about the district’s current COVID-19 protocol.
At first, masking up was the parent’s decision. Now they’re required for 7th through 12th graders.
The change stems from a number of students having to quarantine.
Jeff Arzt, Melrose-Mindoro Superintendent said, “We can get the number of quarantined. I didn’t look that up tonight. I just looked up the positive cases, so we kept records of that, but we, a lot of those kids that were close contacts and asked to quarantine were not tested. They just waited their 14 days and returned because that was kind of the protocol we were following.”
Arzt says this year they hope to get students back in the classroom sooner. It’s looking into doing 6 or 7 day testing that would allow students to return before two weeks.
Wisconsin’s COVID-19 seven-day average is higher than it’s been since January.
As of today, that number sits at 1,590. 56 of the state’s 72 counties have a very high rate of transmission. Since the start of the pandemic, the department of health services has identified more than 674- thousand cases.
The DHS added eight new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the death toll in the state to 7,686.
The vaccine rollout in Wisconsin has reached a new milestone.
Today, the percentage of people fully vaccinated in Wisconsin reaches 52 percent.
In Eau Claire County, 53.2 percent of the population is vaccinated.
Chippewa County is at 48 percent.
In La Crosse County, 57.9 percent of people complete their shots in the arm.
That number is 41.6 percent in Dunn County.