Tuesday Coronavirus Update

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,335 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update. There are 28,912 active cases in the state, a decrease of 879 from Sunday. Active cases make up 6.1-percent of the 472-thousand people who have tested positive to date. So far, there have been 438-thousand recoveries.

State health officials recorded 19 deaths bringing that total to 4,711. Deaths account for one-percent of all cases in Wisconsin while 4.4-percent of those known to have contracted the virus needed to be hospitalized. Of the over one-million people who have died worldwide, the CDC says 331-thousand people were from the United States.

Dodge County reported one death Monday for a total of 115 deaths and 10,292, a one-day increase of 13 positive tests. The county had 28 negative tests returned. There are 562 active cases.

Washington County has seen 94 deaths – up one – along with 11,381 cases to date; 1,110 active cases as of the most recent update on Friday. Fond du Lac County has reported another death, the toll stands at 65 with 10,146 positive tests on record; 798 are active cases. The state says Jefferson County has seen 57 deaths and 6,489 cases to date; with 388 active cases. Columbia County has recorded 28 deaths and has had 4,147 positive tests; currently the county has 188 active cases. Green Lake County has reported 10 deaths with 1,383 cases on record, with 95 cases reported in the last two weeks.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Wisconsin increased for a third straight day Monday. The Wisconsin Hospitals Association reported 1,113 hospitalized patients. The number of hospitalized patients in the state had been decreasing steadily, from a high of 2,277 on November 17, to 1,070 as of Christmas Day. The Hospitals Association reported 237 patients in ICUs Monday.

State health officials report that – as of Sunday – nearly 130-thousand doses of Pfizer and almost 136,000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have been allocated to Wisconsin. Of that 39,500 total doses of vaccine have been administered and reported to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry, including 35,600 doses of Pfizer and 3,900 doses of Moderna.

CVS Health and Walgreens pharmacies have launched an effort to vaccinate Wisconsin nursing home residents against COVID-19.  Rick Abrams, president of the Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, says pharmacists began vaccinating residents and staff with the Moderna vaccine on Monday. Some 60,000 people reside in Wisconsin nursing homes and the process of vaccinating all of them could take up to three months. The effort will also vaccinate any workers who come into contact with residents.