(Dodge County) The federal government has announced the COVID Public Health Emergency will end May 11th. However, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Deb Standridge says that does not mean the public can let their guard down.
“We can’t just say ‘oh it’s gone, it’s no longer around.’ It is around, and we have to be responsible and making sure that we are protecting our own health, those of our family and friends and the communities that we live.”
Standridge says that includes getting or staying updated on vaccinations.
“We need to stay up to date on the vaccines that are available and make sure that we are up to date on our vaccines, and should we become ill get tested and seek medical care when appropriate.”
In Wisconsin, case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID are significantly lower than they were during the surge in late 2021 and early 2022. In Dodge County, just over 50-percent of the population have completed the primary vaccination series while 16-percent have received the updated booster.