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Vaccine rates rising, disease activity high

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Vaccination rates are climbing after a mid-summer lull, with the severity of the delta variant convincing some of those previously uninterested to get their shots.

In the month of August, around 14 million people nationwide got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, compared with around 10 million the month prior. In Wisconsin, from June 27 through July 31, around 209,000 doses were administered. Between Aug. 1 and Sep. 4, over 306,000 doses were given. This includes first doses, second doses and booster shots, available to the immunocompromised.

Locally, from Aug. 12 through Sept. 8, the number of residents with at least one dose of the vaccine in each county was as follows:

  • Chippewa: 50.9%, up 2.7% from 48.2%
  • Crawford: 50.5%, up 1.9% from 48.6%
  • Dunn: 43.7%, up 1.8% from 41.9%
  • Eau Claire: 55.7%, up 2.1 from 53.6%
  • Jackson: 44.0%, up 2.2% from 41.8%
  • La Crosse: 60.9%, up 2.3% from 58.6% on Aug. 11
  • Monroe: 43.7%, up 2.4% from 41.3%
  • Trempealeau: 59.1%, up 3% from 56.1%
  • Vernon: 49.4%, up 2.1% from 47.3%
  • Winona: 54.3%, up 1.3% from 53%
  • Houston: 57.5%, up 1.5% from 56%

Statewide, 55.5% of residents had at least one dose as of Friday, and 52.2% had completed the vaccine series. In Chippewa County, those numbers were 41.1% and 48.2%, respectively.

Overall disease activity levels in Wisconsin remain very high. The statewide seven-day average for new cases was 1541.14 on Sept. 10; in Chippewa County it was 30.86. On Aug. 9, those numbers were 1061.29 and 17.43, respectively.

From Aug. 25 through Sept. 7, DHS reported growing hospitalizations in four counties, with 20.9% of ventilators statewide in use. Western Wisconsin’s hospitalizations grew by 42%, with 50% of the region’s hospitals reporting ICUs at peak capacity.

On Aug. 25, the seven-day moving average for hospitalized COVID patients in Wisconsin was 766, which rose to 987 on Sept. 7. The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 1,047 current hospitalizations as of Friday, including 322 patients in the ICU. Total deaths in the state have surpassed 7,740.

As of Saturday, the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene had identified 3,939 cases of the delta variant through sequencing, surpassing alpha at 3,577. A total of 1,507 samples were sequenced in August, and in total during the pandemic 20,650 samples have been sequenced.

Emily Pyrek can be reached at emily.pyrek@lee.net.

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