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As communities across Wisconsin lift their pandemic orders, David Wahlberg of the Wisconsin State Journal reports on a fully vaccinated 75-year-old Madison woman with underlying health conditions who has died from COVID-19. Her sons blame immunosuppressant drugs and chronic diseases for making her more vulnerable to infection. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that research shows the vaccine offers little protection to some immunocompromised people, such as those with transplants or blood cancers.
Madison woman dies from COVID-19 she contracted after full vaccination — Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee mask mandate, COVID order end June 1 — Fox6 News
Mask mandate lifted in Beaver Dam city buildings, though not without concern — Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
Local consumers, businesses easing into ‘mask-free’ era — Janesville Gazette
Vaccinated people can return to many mask-free activities in Douglas County — Superior Telegram
Republican lawmakers introduce legislation ending enhanced unemployment programs in Wisconsin — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Meet the four kinds of people holding us back from full vaccination — The New York Times
“The overwhelming majority of transplant patients, even after a second dose of the vaccine, appear to have suboptimal protection — if any protection — from the vaccine, which is frightening, disappointing and a bit surprising.”
Dorry Segev, a researcher at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in an interview with The Washington Post about how some immunocompromised people remain at risk of COVID-19 even after full vaccination
“People need to be careful, even if they don’t have serious underlying health conditions and even if they’re not immunocompromised, because if you spread it, you might spread it to somebody who is.”
Luke Kingree, a Madison attorney whose mother, Olivia Kingree, died of COVID-19 Sunday after being fully vaccinated
Data to note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Tuesday that 45.5% of Wisconsinites have received at least one vaccine dose, including 82.9% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 39.6% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 78.1% 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 Tuesday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 419 new daily infections, part of a long-term downward trend in new cases. The state also reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the full toll to 6,971.
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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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‘Por Mi Familia’ campaign strives to overcome vaccination barriers in Wisconsin’s Latino community — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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