(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says there is reason to be concerned, as COVID cases continue to climb throughout the region. She says there has been a 497-percent increase in positive tests from May through July. The positivity rate also jumped to 11.2 after being at point-zero-four (.04) for several weeks in May and June.
Foster says over 95-percent of their hospitalized patients are those who are unvaccinated. She with the vaccinations there will be break-through cases of COVID but both the chance of being hospitalized or dying dimmish greatly, adding that it’s roughly a 90-percent decrease.
As a breast cancer survivor, Foster takes medications to prevent the disease from returning that makes her immunocompromised. She says when the vaccines were first released, she had her own reservations about them. But after speaking with her physician and oncologist, Foster says both resoundingly indorsed it. She says to trust health care workers as they are the experts, who have researched the vaccines.
Dodge County has some of the lowest vaccinations rates in the south-central Wisconsin region. Just 39.9-percent of the county’s population is fully vaccinated while every other neighboring county is above 40-percent.