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A team of scientists found little evidence that outbreaks in two University of Wisconsin-Madison dorms fueled further spread of COVID-19 into the community, Kelly Meyerhofer of the Wisconsin State Journal found. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, an examination of 1,200 samples from infected people in Dane County and students with COVID-19 from Sellery and Witte halls found no link between the outbreaks in late August and early September and spread within the community. Said UW-Madison pathology professor David O’Connor, one of the co-authors: “We got lucky.” The State Journal reported more good news from Dane County: It is the most vaccinated large county in the United States.
UW-Madison researcher Elizabeth Somsen demonstrates genome sequencing in pathology professor Dave O’Connor’s lab. In the background is research assistant Gage Moreno, who co-authored a paper with O’Connor and others about dorm outbreaks last fall. Credit: Amber Arnold / Wisconsin State Journal
CDC-led study finds little evidence of UW-Madison dorm outbreaks fueling community spread — Wisconsin State Journal
Dane County No. 1 in COVID-19 vaccination among large U.S. counties — Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin health leaders create new office to help minority groups — Spectrum News1
Kohls ending mask requirement for fully vaccinated customers — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milton students may take off masks for recess — Janesville Gazette
“The more people refuse vaccinations, the longer Covid will hang around.”
Ethan S. Walker, an epidemiologist at the University of Montana, speaking to The New York Times, which surveyed 723 epidemiologists about the future of the pandemic
Data to note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Monday that 45.4% of Wisconsinites have received at least one vaccine dose, including 82.8% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 39.5% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 78% of those older than 65. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain below that of white residents.
On Monday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 424 new daily infections, part of a long-term downward trend in new cases. The state also reported no new COVID-19 deaths, leaving the full toll at 6,938.
WisContext offers this visualization:
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DHS and the federal government have partnered with Vaccine Finder to help Wisconsinites find vaccinations. Vaccinations are often by appointment, but providers are increasingly offering walk-in options. In addition, people seeking COVID-19 shots can text their ZIP code to 438829 to find nearby vaccine providers.
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